20 December 2017, India:
Chinese e-Commerce giant Alibaba is bringing its cloud computing business into India. Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba is setting up a new data center in Mumbai.
The data center will become operational from next month. The data center will help in meeting the surging demand for cloud computing services among the fast increasing number of small and medium sized business in the region.
Alibaba Cloud said that the Mumbai data cloud center aims to provide India clients with a suite of high performance cloud products, such as large scale computing, storage resources, and big-data processing ability.
The customers will also get access to elastic computing, database, storage and content delivery, networking, analytics and big data containers, middleware and security.
Simon Hu, Senior Vice President of Alibaba Group and President of Alibaba Cloud said, “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. These local enterprises are innovative and operating in growth sectors, and we look forward to empowering them through our cloud computing and data technologies.”
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”.
Alibaba Cloud has partnered with Global Cloud Xchange (GCX), a subsidiary of Reliance Communications, that enables direct access to Alibaba Cloud Express Connect via GCX’s CLOUD X Fusion service.
Alibaba Cloud will establish a local team of dedicated professional consultants to provide service planning, implementation and after sales support.
The company has also joined hands with Tata Communications to provide direct access via Tata Communications’ IZOTM Private Connect.
Alibaba Cloud will compete with Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services and Google. India is a key focus for Alibaba. The company has invested in Indian digital payments platform Paytm.
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