Alibaba to set up new cloud data centre in Singapore

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Alibaba to open data center in Singapore

The new Singapore site will be the second foreign facility Aliyun opens this year, and its seventh overall.

“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”, said Sicheng (Ethan) Yu, Vice President of Aliyun.

Aliyun, Alibaba’s cloud computing arm, will be opening a new cloud data centre in Singapore.

Aliyun’s new cloud data centre in Singapore will serve the cloud computing needs of businesses investing in Southeast Asia, with a focus on Chinese businesses. “The city state is a natural springboard into the Asia Pacific region, not only for us, but for our target audience”, reckons Yu. Hu added that Aliyun’s goal was to “overtake Amazon in four years, whether that was in terms of customers, technology, or worldwide scale”, reported the newswire. Aliyun’s Founder+ program, which was established earlier this year in China, will be expanded to Southeast Asia to give startups discounted or free resources, including guidance and useful connections to major investors – all things that might sweeten the deal to get entrepreneurs to sign up for Aliyun’s cloud computing horsepower.

“Singapore is a natural destination to be our headquarters for overseas expansion”. Alibaba said revenues from cloud computing and Internet infrastructure increased 106 percent year-on-year in the quarter ended June 30 and 82 percent compared with results from the prior quarter.

Aliyun’s expertise with extremely massive workloads in the cloud is proven.

Alibaba is cooperating with local service providers to establish the data centre, but the location of the data centre and the number of servers housed there can not be disclosed as such information is highly sensitive, an Alibaba spokesperson told the Straits Times over the phone. Three months later, it struck a series of global partnerships with the likes of U.S. company Equinix and Singapore telecoms giant Singtel, allowing it to use existing data centers built by its partners to push its own services.

According to ZDNet, Aliyun has 1.8 million customers, including Chinese government agencies. It is also the first cloud service provider to offer Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) Star certification for its facilities all over the world.

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