Chinese cloud company Alibaba Cloud (Aliyun) has announced that it will be unveiling its first data center in Mumbai, India in January 2018. They confirmed that this data center in India will seek to provide better services to their cloud-focused local customers.
With this data center, Alibaba Cloud say that its Indian customer base will not only gain access to standard cloud offerings like scale computing, storage or big data but also to elastic computing, content delivery, networking, analytics and big data, containers, middleware and security. They further added that they have witnessed huge growth in the SME and startup sector in India and plan to target this segment with their cloud services.
Speaking about enriching their ties with the Indian market, Simon Hu, Senior Vice President of Alibaba Group and President of Alibaba Cloud, said:
As we build out the Alibaba Cloud network globally, India is another important piece that is now firmly in place. This continues our commitment to India, helping it to develop trade opportunities with other markets in the region and beyond.
Alibaba Cloud admitted that India was always on their radar and their investments in Indian e-Commerce company Paytm since 2015 is a testimony to the same. With this move, Alibaba Cloud say they will be able to focus on India specifically.
With this data center, Alibaba Cloud’s data center tally will reach a total of 33 with presence in China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, Australia, the Middle East, Europe, and the U.S.