Alibaba Group and SoftBank Form Joint Venture to Launch Cloud Computing Services in Japan

Alibaba Cloud, Alibaba Group’s international cloud computing arm, and telecom company SoftBank have jointly announced the establishment of SB Cloud to launch cloud computing services in Japan. SB Cloud will open a new data center in Japan and provide public cloud computing services from Alibaba Cloud to meet the various needs of Japanese customers, ranging from startups to multinational companies.

The joint venture will enable Alibaba Cloud to further expand its cloud computing service platform with SoftBank‘s extensive business customer base in Japan, which comprises numerous global organizations.

SB Cloud will play a key role in supporting Alibaba Cloud’s business presence in the Japan market where the demand for public cloud computing services is growing rapidly. It will provide Japanese enterprises with Alibaba Cloud‘s diverse offerings, including data storage and processing services, enterprise-level middleware as well as cloud security services.

alicloud cloud hosting“I’ve really enjoyed working with the Alibaba Cloud team on the joint venture over the past few months,” said Eric Gan, Representative Director, CEO of SB Cloud and Executive Vice President of SoftBank. “During the business planning discussions, I quickly felt that we were all working very much as one team with one goal. I believe the JV team can develop the most advanced cloud platform for Japanese customers, as well as for multinational customers who want to use the resources we have available in Japan.”

SoftBank Group Corp., SoftBank‘s parent company, is a major shareholder of Alibaba Group Holding Limited.

“We are proud that Alibaba Cloud can leverage its cloud computing expertise in the joint venture with SoftBank,” said Sicheng Yu, Vice President of Alibaba Cloud. “We look forward to helping more Japanese companies grow their business with our secure, scalable and innovative cloud computing services.”