Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group also known as Aliyun, has announced the opening of four new data centers by the end of 2016 – in the Middle East (Dubai), Europe, Australia and Japan. As a major milestone of Alibaba Cloud’s global expansion, the new data centers will boost its data center network to 14 locations, covering key economic centers around the world.
The new data center in the Middle East, located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, commenced initial operations last week. Alibaba Cloud’s expansion would provide customers worldwide with improved latency and greater access to its diverse offerings, including data storage and analytics services, enterprise-level middleware, and cloud security services.
Strengthening Alibaba Cloud’s position as a major global cloud provider, the new data centers will support Alibaba Cloud’s growing client base beyond the current 2.3 million.
“The four new data centers will further expand Alibaba Cloud’s global ecosystem and footprint, allowing us to meet the increasing demand for secure and scalable cloud computing services from businesses and industries worldwide,’ said Sicheng Yu, Vice President of Alibaba Group and General Manager of Alibaba Cloud Global. “The true potential of data-driven digital transformation will be seen through globalization and the opportunities brought by the new global economy will become a reality.”
The opening of Alibaba Cloud’s Dubai data center is held in conjunction with YVOLV, a joint venture of Alibaba Cloud and Meraas Holdings, a Dubai-based holding company with a portfolio spanning across key economic sectors in the United Arab Emirates. YVOLV would support and drive Dubai’s Smart City vision by leveraging Alibaba Cloud’s cloud computing technologies to create new applications and big-data tools for customers in the region.
Germany, Australia, Japan
Alibaba Cloud will partner with Vodafone Germany to open its first data center in Europe. This data center is co-located in Vodafone’s data facilities in Frankfurt, Germany, one of the leading technology hubs in Europe with a highly developed infrastructure.
Extending its global footprint in the Asia-Pacific, Alibaba Cloud will open a new data center in Sydney, Australia by the end of 2016. Alibaba Cloud will bring its most popular cloud services in data storage and processing services, enterprise-level middleware, and cloud security services to the Australian market. A dedicated team will be based in Australia, and build up a cloud ecosystem with local technology partners to drive cloud and big-data business in the region.
Alibaba Cloud’s Japan data center, hosted by SB Cloud Corporation, a joint venture between Softbank and Alibaba Group, would provide Japanese enterprises with “competitive and enhanced” public cloud computing services from Alibaba Cloud. With the joint venture, Alibaba Cloud will further expand its cloud computing service platform by leveraging SoftBank’s extensive enterprise customer base in Japan.