On Wednesday, Alibaba, a Chinese e-commerce company announced that they will bring their cloud computing businesses into India in January 2018. Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba is opening its new data center in Mumbai to address the growing demand of cloud computing services among SMEs in India.
“We are excited to be officially opening our new Mumbai, India data center in early 2018, enabling us to work closely with more Indian enterprises.” said Simon Hu, Alibaba Group’s senior VP and the president of Alibaba Cloud. "Establishing data centres in India and Indonesia will further strengthen our position in the region and across the globe," Hu added.
Apart from standard cloud products like storage, big data and large scale computing capabilities, Indian customers will get access to networking, analytics and big data, storage and content delivery, database, middleware, containers, elastic computing, and security.
The company will boost its computing resources in Asia continent along with its new data center in Malaysia, offering huge support for SMEs throughout the region with cost-effective, scalable, powerful and secure cloud capabilities. Alibaba Cloud along with the three new data centers has 33 availability zones including Hong Kong, Australia, China, the Middle East, Singapore, Europe, Japan and the U.S.
Hu further said, “As we build out the Alibaba Cloud network globally, India is another important piece that is now firmly in place. This continues our commitment to India, helping it to develop trade opportunities with other markets in the region and beyond”.
The company has collaborated with GCX (Global Cloud Xchange), a subsidiary of Reliance Communications, to allow direct access through GCX’s CLOUD X Fusion service. Alibaba Cloud also collaborated with Tata Communications to allow direct access through Tata Communications’ IZOTM Private Connect.
Alibaba Cloud will compete with Google, Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure. The company is mainly focusing on India and has invested a lot in Indian digital payments platform like Paytm.
Source: Alibaba Official Blog