Alibaba-subsidiary Whale Cloud, a global data intelligence technology company, has signed a three-year contract with Zain Saudi Arabia (Zain KSA) – a large mobile network operator in the region, to help the operator launch a public cloud service in Saudi Arabia.
Whale Cloud will help Zain KSA to deploy, operate and maintain a public cloud platform and further assists the operator with vertical solutions to serve the enterprise markets.
“Zain will launch public cloud services in Saudi Arabia. We are enriching our service offerings and expanding our market landscape,” said Mr. Saad Alsadhan, CBO of Zain KSA. “We chose Whale Cloud to be our cloud service partner because we trust Whale Cloud’s expertise in telco IT and their experience in cloud-based services. Whale Cloud has successfully helped telcos to deploy, maintain, and operate cloud facilities around the world. We believe Zain is in good hands.”
Full-Stack Cloud Solution
Whale Cloud will deliver a flexible and scalable public cloud platform by leveraging Alibaba’s Apsara Stack, a full-stack cloud solution that would offer “flexible scalability, guarantee secure protection of enterprise data, and facilitate operation and maintenance management (O&M).” With this public cloud infrastructure, Zain KSA plans to offer its customers vertical solutions such as IoT under the brand ‘Zain Cloud.’ Whale Cloud will provide technical support to Zain’s customers.
Moreover, it provides AI-platforms and supports elastic GPU computing services. This would make Alibaba Apsara Stack an ideal platform to develop “smart” applications. It will allow Zain KSA to seize new business opportunities in the 5G and IoT era.
“We believe this partnership will strengthen Zain’s capabilities in cloud-based services and help Zain to provide differentiated services to its customers,” said Mr. Bao Zhongjun, CEO of Whale Cloud. “Whale Cloud will work closely with Zain to ensure Zain’s public cloud services stand out among its competitors. We hope this collaboration will be the first step in building a long-term partnership as we aim to be an important strategic asset to drive digital transformation for our customers.”