The cloud computing arm of Alibaba has opened its first data
centre in Sydney, the latest in a string of new centres launched globally this
New facilities in Germany, Japan and the United Arab Emirates brings
Alibaba Cloud’s brings the company’s total to 14. Other centres serve mainland
China, Hong Kong, Singapore and the east and west coasts of the United States.
The Australian data centre is understood to be co-located, although the company would not say where.
Services offered include data storage and analytics services,
enterprise-level middleware, and cloud security services. The company said a
local team will help “build up a cloud ecosystem with local technology partners”.
“As a global leader in cloud computing and big data, Alibaba
Cloud has successfully established critical commerce infrastructure to enable
cross border businesses, online marketplaces, payments, logistics, cloud
computing and big data to work together seamlessly. We look forward to working
closely with our local partners and customers to drive technological innovation
and development in Australia, and empower businesses of all sizes across
different sectors,” said Simon Hu, president of Alibaba Cloud.
Established in September 2009, Alibaba Cloud provides
a suite of cloud computing services to support enterprises, including sellers
and other third-party customers and businesses participants in Alibaba Group’s
online and mobile commerce ecosystem.
The company said its strength and scale in the Chinese market
meant it could offer Australian businesses operating there a variety of cloud products and
services “beyond that which is available from any other provider”.
“The new data centre in Australia will enable us to better
serve the needs of existing clients who are expanding globally and require
scalable and secure cloud computing services. Our global network will enable
customers to truly manage their IT infrastructure in different regions with one
global account,” said Ethan Yu, vice president of Alibaba Group and general manager of Alibaba Cloud Global.
The platform recently demonstrated computing power and
scalability by successfully handling a record peak order volume of 175,000
orders per second during Alibaba Group’s Global
Shopping Festival on November 11.