Aliyun, Alibaba Group’s (NYSE: BABA) cloud computing arm, has planned to open a new cloud data center in Singapore. Aliyun’s headquarters for overseas business will also be based out of Singapore to drive the company’s overseas expansion plan.
The new cloud data center leverages on Alibaba Group’s recently announced $1 billion investment plans to expand its cloud hosting business worldwide. Scheduled for an early September launch, the Singapore data center will be the seventh facility of Aliyun globally.
“Singapore is a natural destination to be our headquarters for overseas expansion,” said Sicheng (Ethan) Yu, Vice President of Aliyun. “The city state is a natural springboard into the Asia Pacific region, not only for us, but for our target audience. We are seeing healthy demand for cloud-related data management services in Singapore because of the ease of doing business, comprehensive transport and telecommunications connections and robust intellectual property regime. The stable geo-political climate and abundance of highly skilled talent are advantages too.”
With direct connections to Aliyun’s data center network via Beijing, Hangzhou, Qingdao, Hong Kong, Shenzhen, and Silicon Valley, the Singapore cloud data center would cater to the cloud computing needs of businesses investing in Southeast Asia with Chinese businesses being a key focus.
In the June quarter this year, Aliyun’s revenue growth from cloud computing and Internet infrastructure increased 106% year-on-year, driven by the accelerated growth of its cloud computing business compared to 82% in the prior quarter.
Services that will be available on www.aliyun.com after the official launch of Aliyun’s Singapore data center in September include:
- Elastic Computing Service
- Relational Database Service
- Server Load Balancing for multiple cloud servers
- Open Cache Service
- Open Storage Service
- Open Table Service, a NoSQL database service
- Yundun: a security service, which includes DDoS protection, host intrusion prevention, vulnerability detection, Trojan detection, and etc.
“The cloud data center in Singapore is a key milestone in our strategy to help businesses of all sizes innovate and scale, wherever they are based, and however they choose to grow,” added Mr. (Ethan) Yu. “Aliyun offers a unique combination of services for success in the cloud, including high-volume cloud-based transaction support and quality assurance for cloud computing services.”