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Monday, November 21, 2016
Alibaba Cloud Expands Global Offering with Four New Data Centers
Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group, is opening of four new data centers by the end of 2016 in the Middle East (Dubai), Europe, Australia and Japan.
As a milestone of Alibaba Cloud's global expansion, the new centers will boost its data center network to 14 locations, covering key economic centers around the world. The data center in the Middle East, located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, commenced initial operations today.
Alibaba Cloud's expansion will provide the company's customres worldwide with improved latency and greater access to its 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 client base beyond the current 2.3 million.
Through a stronger network of facilities and partnerships, Alibaba Cloud also plans to expand in artificial intelligence, deep learning and data analytics.
In the Middle East, the opening of the 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 will support and drive Dubai's Smart City vision by leveraging Alibaba Cloud's cloud computing technologies.
To support enterprises in Europe, Alibaba Cloud will partner with Vodafone Germany to open its first data center in Europe. The center is co-located in Vodafone's data facilities in Frankfurt, Germany.
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.
The Japan Data Center, hosted by SB Cloud Corporation, a joint venture between Softbank and Alibaba Group, will provide Japanese enterprises with public cloud computing services from Alibaba Cloud.