Alibaba to establish cloud data centre by early next year

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Alibaba Inc owned – Alibaba cloud has announced to establish two new data centres in Mumbai and Jakarta, Indonesia. With this Alibaba Cloud gears to significantly increase its computing resources in Asia. The company already has 15 data center across locations including mainland China, Australia, Germany, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates and the United States.

The data centre in India will extend support to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) throughout the region with powerful, scalable, cost-effective and secure cloud capabilities.

“I believe Alibaba Cloud, as the only global cloud services provider originating from Asia, is uniquely positioned with cultural and contextual advantages to provide innovative data intelligence and computing capabilities to customers in this region. Establishing data centers in India and Indonesia will further strengthen our position in the region and across the globe,” said Simon Hu, Senior Vice President of Alibaba Group and President of Alibaba Cloud in a press statement.

The company has partnered with Global Cloud Xchange (GCX), a joint subsidiary of Reliance Communications and Tata Communications to launch its data centre. India’s data centre infrastructure market, currently valued at $2.2 billion, is slated to touch $4.5 billion in size by 2018.

The debut of Online merchant giant in cloud computing in India will be followed by three way competition between Azure (Microsoft), Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Alibaba.

Globally, Amazon Web Services dominate cloud and data centres business. Currently, it has about 37.1 % market share while Microsoft Azure has 28.4%. India numbers aren’t public, but experts anticipate that it’s more or less follows a similar pattern.

Of late, Indian government has been asking foreign companies to establish data centres within the country. Local data centers help satisfy “data sovereignty” concerns, as data stored digitally is subject to the laws of the country in which it is located.

Prior to Alibaba, Microsoft was first to establish data centre in Pune, Chennai and Mumbai while Amazon established its first data centre infrastructure in Mumbai last year.

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