Alibaba Cloud announced at its Computing Conference in Shanghai that it plans to establish two new data centers in Mumbai and Jakarta sometime before the end of March 2018.
Together with the recently announced data center in Malaysia, the new data centers will significantly increase its computing resources in Asia, allowing greater support for SMEs throughout the region with powerful, scalable, cost-effective and secure cloud capabilities, said Simon Hu, senior VP of Alibaba Group and president of Alibaba Cloud.
The three new data will also increase Alibaba Cloud’s total number of data center locations to 17, covering mainland China, Australia, Germany, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates and the United States.
The new Asian data centers will offer a full suite of services, providing the flexibility for enterprises and organizations to build their entire IT infrastructure for business on Alibaba Cloud or run mission-critical and core applications on it.
Alibaba Cloud also announced it has established a global partnership with Tata Communications. The partnership will provide direct access to Alibaba Cloud Express Connect via Tata Communications’ IZOTM Private Connect service.
IZO Private Connect provides fast connectivity for global enterprises to Alibaba Cloud’s Express Connect, which provides connections between the Virtual Private Clouds (VPC), the Internet and end-users’ own networks.
By accessing Alibaba Cloud Express Connect and connecting through IZO Private Connect service, enterprises can scale their cloud connectivity and enable rapid provisioning of capacity to Alibaba Cloud, said Yeming Wang, deputy general manager of Alibaba Cloud Global.
Genius Wong, president of Global Network, Cloud and Data Center Services at Tata Communications, said the Alibaba Cloud partnership would assist both companies to become “true digital transformation partners for our customers”.
In April, Alibaba Cloud partnered with Global Cloud Xchange (GCX), a subsidiary of Reliance Communications, to directly access Alibaba Cloud Express Connect via GCX’s Cloud X Fusion.