Alibaba Group has launched its second data center in Silicon Valley in the United States.
The strategy of Alibaba is to take on the mighty Amazon Web Services (AWS) in the American IT market.
Cloud customers can apply for the center’s services starting from October 12. This is Alibaba’s second data center in the U.S.
Hangzhou, China-based Alibaba Group said the new facility is AliCloud’s ninth globally and the fourth data center announced in 2015.
Alibaba Group announced its first U.S. data center in March 2015, Singapore data center in August, and lakewater-cooled data center at Qiandao Lake, China in September.
AliCloud also maintains data centers in Beijing, Hangzhou, Hong Kong, Shenzhen, and Shanghai in China, and plans more facilities in other international locations in the Middle East, Asia and Europe in the future.
The new U.S. data center is designed to accommodate the cloud and big data needs of customers in the West Coast for the next three to five years.
Alibaba Group offers more than 10 cloud services to assist customers for accelerating innovation, including start-ups looking to reduce the cost of cloud-based service delivery and big data analytics, as well as established businesses in the gaming, multimedia and mobile Internet industries.
“Our data centers are typically located in key innovation and commerce hubs around the world, where we expect growing demand for cost-efficient cloud computing and big data analytics services. Our second U.S. data center is situated in Silicon Valley which is the epicentre for technology innovation world-wide,” said Ethan Sicheng Yu, vice president of AliCloud.
AliCloud said it will also be seeking local partners in the PaaS (Platform as a Service) and SaaS (Software as a Service) areas, as well as developers dedicated to open source projects, to work with AliCloud.