Tencent (SEHK: 00700), a provider of Internet value-added services in China, has announced that Tencent Cloud – its cloud computing arm – plans to open five overseas data centers this year to cater to its expanding cloud computing client base.
The first of these data centers, the one located in Silicon Valley, has officially opened its doors on Tuesday. The other data centers will be located in Frankfurt, Mumbai, Seoul and Moscow respectively. The new data centers serve Chinese companies looking to expand their operations overseas, as well as international companies expanding their businesses in China or other parts of the world.
In addition to the new data centers, Tencent Cloud operates three other data centers outside mainland China – the first of which opened in Hong Kong in 2014, followed by ones in Singapore and Toronto. Tencent Cloud operates more than a dozen data centers across mainland China.
The investment comes amid rising demand worldwide for the company’s cloud services, particularly from the online gaming industry, online finance, video and other Internet-related industries. Leading players in the mobile gaming industry include Netmable, Aiming, Gamevil and Supercell, which are all clients of Tencent Cloud services.
“We want to enhance our overseas cloud capability to meet the rising demand from companies around the world as they look for fast, reliable, secure and cost-effective services during the global expansion and migration to the cloud era,” said Rita Zeng, Vice President, Tencent Cloud. “I am confident that we can meet their needs with our technical capability, global network, as well as experience accumulated in serving the massive user-base in our home market.”
The new data centers form part of Tencent’s broader strategy to invest in the latest technologies, such as cloud, security, big data and artificial intelligence, to capture the next wave of growth. They are located in regional business hubs or technology hubs.
The company’s Hong Kong and Silicon Valley data centers are also earmarked for expansion this year.
Tencent Cloud’s cloud revenues more than tripled year-on-year in 2016 as both the number of enterprise accounts and usage of existing accounts increased substantially.
In 2016, Tencent made continued investments in technology and infrastructure of the cloud services, and grew its sales force and channel partners to drive adoption by more small-scale application developers.