Alibaba Cloud announced the opening of four new data centers by the end of 2016 in the Middle East (Dubai), Europe, Australia and Japan.
The new centers will boost its data center network to 14 locations, covering key economic centers around the world. The data center in the Middle East, located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, commenced initial operations today.
The new data centers will support Alibaba Cloud’s growing client base beyond the current 2.3 million.
The enhanced cloud capabilities make breakthrough innovation a real possibility with artificial intelligence, deep learning and data analytics.
“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,” said Simon Hu, president of Alibaba Cloud.
Alibaba Cloud technology supported all of Alibaba’s online marketplaces and facilitated a record-breaking 175,000 transactions per second during peak traffic spikes during 2016 11.11 Global Shopping Festival.
Alibaba Cloud will be the first major global public cloud services provider to offer cloud services from a local data center in the Middle East.
To support enterprises in Europe, Alibaba Cloud will partner with Vodafone Germany to open its first data center in Europe. The center is co-located in Vodafone’s data facilities in Frankfurt, Germany.
Alibaba Cloud will open a new data center in Sydney, Australia by the end of 2016. Alibaba Cloud will bring its cloud services in data storage and processing services, enterprise-level middleware, and cloud security services to the Australian market.
The Japan Data Center, hosted by SB Cloud Corporation, a joint venture between Softbank and Alibaba Group, will provide Japanese enterprises with enhanced public cloud computing services from Alibaba Cloud.