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    [EN] Aliyun to open data centers in Australia, Japan and Germany

    The cloud computing arm of Chinese ecommerce giant Alibaba will open a data centre in Sydney before the end of the year, among three other facilities globally in its US$1 billion effort to build out its cloud network.

    Alibaba Cloud, established in 2009 and also known as Aliyun, is attempting to steal market share from cloud leaders AWS and Microsoft; its four new facilities will extend its network coverage to 14 locations worldwide.

    Its new facility in Dubai has already begun initial operations, while its impending data centres in Sydney, Japan and Germany will open before the end of the year, the company said.

    It picked the locations due to their 'strategic importance' as trading and economic centres.

    Its Sydney data centre will offer cloud services including compute, storage, middleware, and security. Alibaba Cloud has signalled its intention to build up a local network of partners to help it deliver its products.

    While in other locations it has opted to run its cloud operations in a partnership with a local operator - as with Vodafone in Frankfurt - in Sydney Alibaba Cloud will run a dedicated team.

    The group's global expansion is being driven out of Singapore, where it opened a new data centre and international headquarters last year.

    Alibaba Cloud president Simon Hu has said the company is working to surpass AWS within four years.

    The group's cloud revenue grew 130 percent year-on-year to US$224 million in its most recent quarterly results.

    The company is the largest cloud infrastructure provider in China, and sits within the top five globally, according to IDC. It has more than 2.3 million customers worldwide, 651,000 of whom are paying clients.

    http://www.itnews.com.au/news/aws-ri...-centre-442145

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    Alibaba Cloud Expands Global Footprint With Four New Data Centers

    Jim Erickson
    November 21, 2016

    In a major expansion of its global footprint, Alibaba Cloud, Alibaba Group’s cloud computing arm, plans to open four new data centers by the end of the year, including its first in Europe.

    The new data centers—located in Japan, Germany, the Middle East and Australia—will bring Alibaba Cloud’s worldwide total to 14, including two in the U.S., helping the company compete for a larger share of the cloud computing market outside its home base of China.

    With more than 2.3 million customers worldwide, including 651,000 paying clients, Alibaba Cloud is the largest cloud infrastructure services provider in China and ranks among the top five in the world in 2015, according to market research firm IDC.

    The 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,” said Sicheng Yu, an Alibaba Group vice president and general manager of Alibaba Cloud Global, in a statement.

    The additional locations will provide customers with the potential for more responsive network communications. Meanwhile, Alibaba Cloud’s products, including data storage and analytics services, enterprise-level middleware and cloud security services, will be available in more markets, the company said.

    When opening overseas data centers, Alibaba Cloud “tends to chose strong local partners wherever we go,” Yu told Alizila. Working with local companies helps reduce capital investment risk, he said. “We don’t know the market as well as the local partner does.”

    For example, the data center in the Middle East—which is located in Dubai and started initial operations today—is a joint venture with Dubai-based holding company Meraas, while the Japanese data center is a joint venture with SoftBank.

    To open its first data center in Europe, Alibaba Cloud partnered with telecommunications company Vodafone Germany. Co-located in Vodafone’s data facilities in Frankfurt, Germany, one of the leading technology hubs in Europe, the center is “well positioned to meet the increasing demand for sophisticated cloud computing services as the region seeks to accelerate the upgrade of its digital infrastructure,” according to Alibaba Cloud.

    Alibaba Cloud has been growing its top line at triple-digit rates as demand for cloud-based computing infrastructure increases in China and worldwide. Revenues jumped 130 percent to RMB 1.49 billion ($224 million) in the quarter ended Sept. 30 compared with the same period in 2015.

    Alibaba Cloud officials stressed that in addition to geographic expansion and expansion of products and services through strategic partnerships, the company company continues to invest in advanced technologies including 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 Alibaba Cloud President Simon Hu in a statement.

    During Alibaba Group’s recent 11.11 Global Shopping Festival, a giant 24-hour online sale, Alibaba Cloud technology supported all of Alibaba’s online marketplaces and facilitated a record-breaking 175,000 transactions per second during peak traffic spikes.

    But beyond China, the company’s long-term goal is 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,” Hu said.

    With the addition of the new centers, Alibaba Cloud now has a presence on every continent except Africa, South America and Antarctica, Yu said. “We will [open] more data centers around the world, based on markets and customer response, that’s for sure,” he said.

    http://www.alizila.com/alibaba-cloud...-data-centers/

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    PR: Alibaba Cloud Expands Global Offering with Four New Data Centers




    New facilities in the Middle East, Europe, Australia and Japan will provide comprehensive cloud service offerings, enabling business innovation globally

    November 21, 2016 12:30 AM Eastern Standard Time

    HANGZHOU, China --(BUSINESS WIRE) --Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group, today announced the opening of four new data centers by the end of 2016 in the Middle East (Dubai), Europe, Australia and Japan. As a major milestone of Alibaba Cloud’s global expansion, 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.

    Alibaba Cloud’s expansion will provide customers worldwide with improved latency and greater access to its diverse offerings, including data storage and analytics services, enterprise-level middleware, and cloud security services. Strengthening Alibaba Cloud's position as a major global cloud provider, the new data centers will support Alibaba Cloud’s growing client base beyond the current 2.3 million.

    Through a stronger network of facilities and strategic partnerships, Alibaba Cloud also plans to drive a globalization of innovation. 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. 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 izes across all markets,” said Simon Hu, President of Alibaba Cloud.

    Evidence of the potential of Alibaba Cloud can be seen during the recently completed 2016 11.11 Global Shopping Festival, where Alibaba Cloud technology supported all of Alibaba’s online marketplaces and facilitated a record-breaking 175,000 transactions per second during peak traffic spikes. The festival showcased the capabilities not only of the cloud, but also a number of other areas, such as virtual reality, thus helping to redefine technological boundaries.

    “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. The true potential of data-driven digital transformation will be seen through globalization and the opportunities brought by the new global economy will become a reality,” said Sicheng Yu, Vice President of Alibaba Group and General Manager of Alibaba Cloud Global.

    Since its launch, Alibaba Cloud’s technologies have enabled all types of businesses globally, ranging from start-ups to multi-national companies, to benefit from the greater operational and cost efficiency that cloud computing can provide. The new facilities are based in four strategically important trading and economic centers to enable the ambitions to make it easy to do business anywhere.Each of the four will add significant value to the global network and expand horizons.

    Middle East

    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. The opening of the Dubai Data Center is held in conjunction with YVOLV, a joint venture of Alibaba Cloud and Meraas Holdings, a Dubai-based holding company with a portfolio spanning across key economic sectors in the United Arab Emirates. YVOLV will support and drive Dubai’s Smart City vision by leveraging Alibaba Cloud’s sophisticated cloud computing technologies to create new applications and big-data tools for customers in the region.

    Europe

    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, one of the leading technology hubs in Europe with a highly developed infrastructure supporting technological innovation. The facility is well positioned to meet the increasing demand for sophisticated cloud computing services as the region seeks to accelerate the upgrade of its digital infrastructure.

    Australia

    Extending its global footprint in the Asia-Pacific, Alibaba Cloud will open a new data center in Sydney, Australia by the end of 2016. Alibaba Cloud will bring its most popular cloud services in data storage and processing services, enterprise-level middleware, and cloud security services to the Australian market. A dedicated team will be based in Australia, and build up a cloud ecosystem with local technology partners to drive cloud and big-data business in the region.

    Japan

    The Japan Data Center, hosted by SB Cloud Corporation, a joint venture between Softbank and Alibaba Group, will provide Japanese enterprises with competitive and enhanced public cloud computing services from Alibaba Cloud. With the joint venture, Alibaba Cloud will further expand its cloud computing service platform by leveraging SoftBank’s extensive enterprise customer base in Japan.

    About Alibaba Cloud

    Established in September 2009, Alibaba Cloud (intl.aliyun.com), Alibaba Group’s cloud computing arm, develops highly scalable platforms for cloud computing and data management. It provides a comprehensive suite of cloud computing services to support growing enterprises worldwide, including sellers and other third-party customers and businesses participating in Alibaba Group’s online and mobile commerce ecosystem. Alibaba Cloud is a business of Alibaba Group.


    http://www.businesswire.com/news/hom...g-Data-Centers

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    "Alibaba Cloud, established in 2009 and also known as Aliyun, is attempting to steal market share from cloud leaders AWS and Microsoft; its four new facilities will extend its network coverage to 14 locations worldwide."

    Até dias atrás eu pensava que o principal objetivo da abertura de data centers pelo mundo seria conquistar clientes regionais, o que pode ser verdade para titicas como DigitalOcean ou Vultr, mas após a leitura de alguns artigos da Centurylink passei a entender que o principal objetivo é atender/manter empresas Fortune *.* com operações e interesses urbi et orbi antes que um aventureiro leve o cliente. Sob esse ponto de vista, a Aliyun estaria mais preocupada em atender/conquistar grandes conglomerados chineses e multinacionais e menos com o "roubo" de pequenos clientes de concorrentes, um beneficio complementar. Da mesma forma, entende-se a pressa do Google em abrir data centers mundo afora, não sendo apenas uma questão de regulamentos locais ou latência.
    Última edição por 5ms; 22-11-2016 às 10:17.

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