Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group, has unveiled plans to establish two new data centres in Jakarta, Indonesia and Mumbai, India. It currently anticipates opening the two new centres during the current fiscal year, ending on 31 March 2018.
Alibaba Cloud will establish an international cloud data centre in Indonesia. The move responds to Indonesia’s “1,000 Start-ups Movement” initiative launched last year, which has the aim of nurturing 1,000 ventures by the year 2020, and targeting a cumulative valuation of US$10 billion.
Alibaba Cloud also plans to increase its computing resources in Asia, allowing greater support for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) throughout the region.
With the three new data centres planned, Alibaba Cloud will increase its total number of data centre locations to 17, covering mainland China, Australia, Germany, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates and the United States.
“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 centres in India and Indonesia will further strengthen our position in the region and across the globe,” Simon Hu, senior vice president of Alibaba Group and president of Alibaba Cloud, said.
Just last week, Alibaba Group launched Tmall World, a new sales channel, to allow the 100 million Chinese citizens residing overseas, to purchase items from its retail site Tmall. The new service rolls out in Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Taiwan.
In May, Malaysia's International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed revealed that a total of 1,500 SMEs will be selected to be listed on Alibaba.com e-commerce platform by year-end. According to Bernama, selection on the eligibility will be carried out throughout the country from 1 October 2017. This will be conducted by SME Corp Malaysia, the Malaysia Digital Economy Corp and the Malaysia External Trade Development Corp.
The technology company also struck a partnership with Publicis Groupe to create a new Uni Desk. The new offering is part of Uni Marketing, Alibaba’s data-powered marketing framework. The collaboration will look to benefit clients of Publicis Media, Publicis Communications and Publicis.Sapient.