The Chinese conglomerate has established two data centers in the UK to boost its efforts to increase its presence in the European Cloud market. Both data centers are based in London. Prior to this, the company’s cloud arm had launched its data centers in Frankfurt and Dubai in 2016.
The London-based data centers will have 24/7 on-site support, that will provide security and engineering support. These will also provide time monitoring and a ticketing system with SLA guarantees.
The new data centers will offer a comprehensive range of Alibaba’s Cloud products that will include Big Data Analytics, Storage, Elastic Computing, Application Services, and Network. Yeming Wang, GM of Alibaba Cloud EMEA said: “Our expansion into the United Kingdom, and by extension into Europe, is in direct response to the rapidly increasing demands we have seen for local facilities within the region.”
Alibaba is the largest cloud provider in China and is rapidly trying to increase its presence all over the world. This is one concrete step towards catching Europe’s attention. This move will help it compete better with other cloud providers like Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure.