Sunday, October 22, 2017

Alibaba to open Malaysia’s first major public cloud data centre

Company gets government backing as local enterprises demand for more cloud infrastructure as business needs grow.

Alibaba has unveiled plans to open a data centre in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur, growing the company’s footprint to 15 data centres worldwide.

Citing Simon Hu, Alibaba’s SVP and president of Alibaba Cloud, the New Strait Times reports that the facility is expected to open later in the year.

The data centre will be Malaysia’s first global public cloud hub.

Alibaba currently has facilities operating in mainland China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, Australia, the Middle East, Europe and in the east and west coast of the US.

Hu said: “[The cloud data centre] will empower local entrepreneurs of various industries and scales to migrate their It infrastructure to a powerful, reliable and secure platform.

“Alibaba Cloud is helping to realise the eWTP [Electronic World Trade Platform] vision by establishing cloud infrastructure to facilitate seamless cross-border online businesses for Malaysian enterprises.

“We look forward to laying the digital foundation for Malaysia in the new global economy, equipping the country with future-proof online marketplaces, as well as payment, logistics, cloud computing and big data services that work seamlessly in the ecosystem.”

The Malaysian’s data centre segment is expected to register in 2017 revenues of RM1bn, or $224.1m, a new record for the country.

As for the South-East Asian Region as a whole, the data centre space is today worth $11bn.