Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Tencent builds on digital demand with new data centres in Seoul, Mumbai, Moscow, Frankfurt and Silicon Valley

Provider mirrors rivals in ambition to allow Chinese clients to carry out business outside the country.

Chinese data centre services provider Tencent Holdings Limited has announced large expansion plans that will see the company cut the ribbon on five new data centre facilities across the world.

In fact, the first launch has already happened in Silicon Valley, with the other centres in Frankfurt, Mumbai, Seoul and Moscow set to open in the coming months.

In a statement, the company said: “The new data centres serve Chinese companies looking to go overseas, as well as international companies expanding their businesses in China or other parts of the world.”

The five data centres in North America, Europe and Asia will join a portfolio comprising three facilities outside mainland China in Hong Kong, Singapore and Toronto.

On top of the openings, the Hong Kong and Silicon Valley data centres are also earmarked for expansion this year.

In addition, Tencent Cloud operates more than a dozen data centres across mainland China.

The company explained that the investment is being made amid rising demand worldwide for the company’s cloud services, particularly from the online games, online finance, video and other Internet-related industries.

Tencent also reiterated that the launch of the five data centres is part of its broader strategy to invest in technologies such as cloud, security, big data and artificial intelligence.

Rita Zeng, Vice President, Tencent Cloud, said: “We want to enhance our overseas cloud capability to meet the rising demand from companies around the world as they look for fast, reliable, secure and cost-effective services during the global expansion and migration to the cloud era.

“I am confident that we can meet their needs with our technical capability, global network, as well as experience accumulated in serving the massive user-base in our home market.”