Alibaba’s cloud computing service Aliyun announced that its data center in Silicon Valley has started trial operation and is providing cloud services to users in North America and around the world. This is reportedly Aliyun’s sixth data center, following those opened in Hangzhou, Qingdao, Beijing, Hong Kong, and Shenzhen. It also means that Aliyun will start competing with Amazon’s AWS and Microsoft’s Azure in the cradle of cloud computing.
Earlier this week, Alibaba subsidiary Aliyun announced it was opening a data center in Santa Clara, California, as the first step in expanding the giant’s reach into the U.S. cloud services market. Alibaba isn’t the only Chinese internet company looking to gain data center foothold in Silicon Valley. Other heavyweights, including Tencent and Baidu, have been shopping for data center space in the Valley in recent months, Jeff West, director of data center research at the commercial real estate firm Cushman & Wakefield, said.
Alibaba‘s cloud services arm Aliyun is preparing to open its first overseas cloud data center in Silicon Valley. The Chinese tech giant is making a global push, with the data center a first important step. The data center in Santa Clara, California, announced Wednesday, will provide a variety of cloud computing services. It will initially focus on Chinese companies based in the U.S., with the plan to gradually expand services and products to international clients later this year.
Alibaba Group’s cloud computing subsidiary Aliyun and Inspur Group have formally reached a strategic cooperation to jointly explore smart city and administration cloud markets, provide comprehensive cloud computing solutions to various industries, and build an independent and controllable cloud service ecosystem. As representative enterprises and rivals in the Chinese cloud computing industry, Inspur Group and Aliyun will team to create a complete cloud service ecosystem, further accelerate the development of the industry, and establish a Chinese cloud service market structure with domestic companies as its core.
Aliyun (AliCloud), the cloud computing division of Alibaba Group, has announced that it will open its first data facility in Hong Kong on May 12. This move marks Aliyun’s initial step in its international expansion plans. The opening of the data center was announced less than a week after Alibaba had listed in the US in one of the biggest initial public offerings (IPOs) in the industry, according to TechCrunch. It would seem that Aliyun is not keen to expand into the US. It is instead aiming to tap into Chinese companies in Southeast Asia and the Greater China region.
Alibaba’s cloud computing subsidiary Aliyun announced that its Hong Kong data center will be formally put into today, May 12. Following those in Hangzhou, Qingdao, and Beijing, the Hong Kong data center becomes the company’s fourth site. This new data center is jointly built and operated by Aliyun and Hong Kong Towngas Telecom. The network’s optical fiber will not only connect to mainland China, but also cover international carriers in Hong Kong, Singapore, U.K., U.S., and Europe.
Alibaba’s cloud computing subsidiary Aliyun has formally opened its Beijing data center. Along with Hangzhou and Qingdao, this Beijing outpost is Aliyun’s third data center focused on global services. The company is reportedly now selecting overseas sites for similar operations, which indicates that the company is accelerating its expansion. In addition, the company’s South China engine room is expected to open in the second half of 2014.