Today, Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group, announced the opening of four new data centers by the end of 2016. These data centers will be located in the Middle East (Dubai), Europe, Australia and Japan. These new centers will expand the company’s data center network to 14 locations.
The data center in the Middle East, located in Dubai, commenced initial operations today.
Simon Hu, President, Alibaba Cloud said :
Alibaba Cloud has contributed significantly to China’s technology advancement, establishing critical commerce infrastructure to enable cross-border businesses, online marketplaces, payments, logistics, cloud computing and big data to work together seamlessly.
We want to establish cloud computing as the digital foundation for the new global economy using the opportunities of cloud computing to empower businesses of all sizes across all markets.
The company claims that this expansion will provide customers with improved latency and greater access to its offerings. The new data centers will support Alibaba Cloud’s client base beyond the current 2.3 million.
Sicheng Yu, General Manager of Alibaba Cloud Global added :
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.