Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group, says it will open four new data centers by the end of this year. The data centers will be located in the Middle East (Dubai), Europe, Australia, and Japan. The first of these has just opened.
The new facilities will bring the number of data centers on Alibaba Cloud's network to 14.
YVOLV, a joint venture of Alibaba Cloud and Meraas Holdings, a Dubai-based holding company, participated in the Dubai facility opening. YVOLV will support Dubai's smart city vision by leveraging Alibaba Cloud's cloud computing technologies to create new applications and big-data tools for customers in the region.
In Europe, Alibaba Cloud will partner with Vodafone Germany to open its first data center on the Continent. The center will be co-located in Vodafone's data facilities in Frankfurt, Germany. Alibaba Cloud will locate its Australian data center in Sydney. Alibaba Cloud will leverage the facility to offer such cloud services as data storage and processing, enterprise-level middleware, and cloud security. Finally, the Japan Data Center will be hosted by SB Cloud Corp., a joint venture between Softbank and Alibaba Group. The joint venture will enable Alibaba Cloud to leverage SoftBank's enterprise customer base in the country.
"The four new data centers will further expand Alibaba Cloud's global ecosystem and footprint, allowing us to meet the increasing demand for secure and scalable cloud computing services from businesses and industries worldwide. The true potential of data-driven digital transformation will be seen through globalization, and the opportunities brought by the new global economy will become a reality," said Sicheng Yu, vice president of Alibaba Group and general manager of Alibaba Cloud Global.
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