Alibaba Cloud expands Singapore data center

SingaporeDatacenter Dynamics — The cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group has established a second availability zone in Singapore, which it says will provide higher capacity to meet enterprise users’ demands for high availability cloud services and disaster recovery. Alibaba Cloud set up an international headquarters in Singapore last year, and also established a local data center – its second overseas facility at the time, to provide enhanced cloud and big data services across Southeast Asia.

Alibaba cloud services business poised for record growth as global market expands

ChinaSMCP — Alibaba Cloud, a subsidiary of e-commerce titan Alibaba Group, has become the largest cloud infrastructure services provider in Asia-Pacific on the back of its massive market in China and strategic international expansion, analysts said.

Alibaba, SoftBank set up JV cloud services in Japan

JapanNetworks Asia — Alibaba Group Holding and SoftBank established a joint-venture firm SB Cloud to launch cloud computing services in Japan that use technologies and solutions from Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group. SB Cloud will open a new data center in Japan and provide competitive and enhanced public cloud computing services from Alibaba Cloud to meet the various needs of Japanese customers, ranging from startups to multinational companies.

Alibaba and SoftBank form SB Cloud, a cloud-computing joint venture in Japan

JapanVenture Beat — Chinese Internet behemoth Alibaba has teamed up with Japanese telecom giant SoftBank to form a cloud-computing joint venture (JV) in Japan. SoftBank’s parent company, SoftBank Group, is an existing shareholder in Alibaba, so the deal isn’t exactly a bolt out of the blue. SB Cloud Corporation, or “SB Cloud,” as it will be known, will combine the collective smarts from the two technology titans, and the joint venture will lead to a new data center that provides “competitive and enhanced public cloud computing services” from Alibaba Cloud, according to a press release.

Alibaba and SoftBank launch joint-venture cloud company in Japan

JapanZDNet — Chinese ecommerce giant Alibaba and Japanese telecommunications provider SoftBank have formed a joint-venture cloud services company called SB Cloud to bring Alibaba Cloud’s technology and solutions to Japanese businesses. SB Cloud will be headquartered in Minato-ku, Tokyo, and will open a datacentre to offer Alibaba’s cloud security services, data storage, processing solutions, and middleware offerings.

Alibaba, SoftBank Team Up for Cloud Computing Service in Japan

JapanBloomberg — Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. teamed with its largest shareholder SoftBank Group Corp. to form a cloud computing service venture targeting Japanese customers, as the Chinese e-commerce giant expands one of its fastest growing businesses.

Aliyun and BGI revolutionise life sciences

ChinaMIS Asia — BGI Genomics has launched a genome analytics engine using Aliyun cloud computing. The beta version of this engine, BGI Online, is the first large-scale bioinformatics analysis platform on Aliyun. BGI Online is an important milestone towards sequencing an individual human genome within 24 hours, and is an outcome of an agreement signed in October 2015.

Is Alibaba going for Google’s crown?

ChinaTech in Asia — Since the huge IPO of Alibaba and their amassing of an enormous expansion war chest, the intensity of the conversation around ecommerce has only intensified, and analysts provided greater granularity of insights into the category.  Alibaba has also reportedly invested over US$1 billion dollars in artificial intelligence and cloud computing company Aliyun. So they have the smarts and the data sets to build some astonishingly predictive algorithms.

Do Rackspace And Amazon Have China Futures With Aliyun’s Overseas Growth?

ChinaChina Tech News — In March 2015, Aliyun launched its first data center in Silicon Valley as it was starting to provide cloud services to users in North America and the world. Foreign rivals like Rackspace and Amazon have had difficulties entering the China market, partly because of China’s obtuse ISP legal framework and partly because those foreign companies have limited support and brand awareness within China.

Alibaba sets up another U.S. data center in $1B cloud expansion

ChinaComputer World — Continuing the expansion of its AliCloud cloud computing business, Alibaba Group is setting up a second data center in Silicon Valley. The Chinese company said customers could apply from Monday for  services from the data center, which will span over 10 cloud services including Elastic Compute Service, offering scalable computing services, an Analytic Database Service that provides real-time, high-concurrency online analytical processing, and a Cloud Monitor System using an open platform for the real-time monitoring of sites and servers.

Alibaba’s Qiandao Lake DC sets high watermark

China.gifTelecom Asia — Alibaba’s computing unit AliCloud opened its eighth data center on Tuesday. With the facility at Qiandao Lake in Zhejiang province, the company aims to set new benchmark in energy efficiency and data center technologies. Dedicated for Alibaba’s IaaS public cloud offering, Aliyun, the new data center is an 11-floor building providing 30,000m2 of floor space. With five floors of data hall space, the data center has a capacity to hold 50,000 servers. The project is a partnership with local data center facility provider Waton Cloud Data.

Singapore hosts Aliyun’s new Asean-based cloud data center

SingaporeComputer Weekly — Alibaba’s cloud computing arm is opening a data center in Singapore, which is good news for Asean businesses looking for more cloud options. Aliyun is set to open its latest cloud data center in Singapore next month. The Singapore facility will be the seventh globally for the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group. Aliyun said its headquarters for overseas business will be based in Singapore to drive its overseas expansion plan.

Alibaba’s Cloud Computing Group Says Its New Artificial Intelligence Platform Is China’s First

ChinaTechCrunch — Aliyun, the cloud computing unit of Alibaba Group, is launching an artificial intelligence service that it claims is the first in China. Called DT PAI, the platform combines algorithms used by Alibaba with machine and deep learning techniques and presents them in a simple drag-and-drop interface. Aliyun says developers can use DT PAI to predict user behavior without having to write new code.

Data Centres: Aliyun’s Singapore base & floating data facilities

SingaporeDeal Street Asia — Aliyun, Alibaba Group’s cloud computing arm, will be establishing a new cloud data centre based in Singapore, which will serve as headquarters for its international cloud computing business and drive Aliyun’s overseas expansion. Scheduled for an early September 2015 launch, the Singapore facility will be Aliyun’s seventh data centre globally. Leveraging on Alibaba Group’s recent $1 billion investment in cloud computing, the strategy behind the new data centre to target businesses – both international and China-based – riding on the economic growth of the Southeast Asia.

Alibaba to Open New Cloud Data Center

SingaporeSentinel Republic — The Singapore facility will become operational in September. He also revealed that Aliyun was building a new portal to serve the different language and payment needs of businesses based in an economically and culturally-diverse region such as South-east Asia. Although the new data center won’t open until next month, Aliyun has started accepting pre-orders for “elastic” cloud services and computer resources such as storage, processing power, and network bandwidth.

Alibaba to open data center in Singapore

SingaporeWant China Times — China’s e-commerce giant Alibaba Group said on Wednesday that it will open a data center next month in Singapore, the second overseas database to be launched this year by Aliyun, its cloud computing arm. Alibaba said the center will provide a range of cloud computing services to companies operating in Southeast Asia, with an initial focus on Chinese businesses.

Aliyun to Open Singapore Cloud Data Center to Serve Southeast Asian Cloud Consumers

SingaporeBusiness Wire — SINGAPORE: Aliyun, Alibaba Group’s (NYSE: BABA) cloud computing arm, today announced that it will establish a new cloud data center in Singapore. Its headquarters for overseas business will also be based out of Singapore to drive Aliyun’s overseas expansion plan. Scheduled for an early September launch, the Singapore facility will be the seventh globally.

New Singapore HQ to underpin Alibaba’s cloud push

SingaporeCNBC — Alibaba’s cloud computing arm has picked Singapore as the site for its new data center, as well as the headquarters of its overseas business, in a move to bolster the Chinese e-commerce giant’s international expansion. Speaking to CNBC ahead of the official launch on Wednesday, Ethan Yu, vice president of Aliyun, Alibaba’s cloud computing business, described the new facility in Singapore as a “strategic” center that could give the cloud division an edge in face of stiff competition from U.S. cloud giants such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft.

Aliyun revenue doubles in Q2 to RMB485m

ChinaWant China Times — With its core e-commerce business facing increasingly acute competition, Alibaba, China’s leading internet firm, has been diversifying into new business sectors in recent years, as embodied by Aliyun, a cloud-end service provider whose revenue doubled year-on-year to 485 million yuan (US$75.8 million) in the second quarter, according to Sina’s tech news portal. Aliyun is at the forefront of China’s surging cloud-end service business, whose revenue jumped 61.9% in 2014.

Alibaba Shows Open Source Support by Joining The Linux Foundation and Xen Advisory Board

ChinaThe Wire — Online retailer and cloud computing provider Alibaba has joined the Linux Foundation as a silver member, and its cloud computing subsidiary, Aliyun, is a new Advisory Board member of the open-source Xen hypervisor, which is hosted at the Linux Foundation. Xen is used by some of the largest clouds in production today. Aliyun joins other Advisory Board members, including Amazon Web Services, Rackspace and Verizon.

Xen Project Announces Alibaba Joins Advisory Board

ChinaMarket Watch — SAN FRANCISCO: The Xen Project Collaborative Project hosted at The Linux Foundation today announced Aliyun, the cloud computing subsidiary of Alibaba Group Holding Limited is a new Advisory Board member. Xen Project open source virtualization powers many of the largest clouds in production today to deliver shared software, computing resources and data. Aliyun joins other Advisory Board members, including Amazon Web Services, Rackspace and Verizon, that are also committed to the market and technical success of the hypervisor.

CAS, Aliyun open quantum computing lab

China.gifTelecom Asia — The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and Alibaba’s cloud computing subsidiary Aliyun have co-founded the Chinese Academy of Sciences–Alibaba Quantum Computing Laboratory in Shanghai. The new research facility aims to take the study and applications of quantum theory to the next level, heralding new technologies and platforms for information security, connectivity and computing.

Singapore Data Centre Dealbook: Alibaba invests $1b in Aliyun; Equinix to expand SG data centre

SingaporeDeal Street Asia — Singapore currently is home to approximately 50 per cent of the Southeast Asia’s data-centre capacity, which is expected to grow significantly as new investments in data centre infrastructure come online, with Alibaba’s US$1 billion investment in Aliyun and Equinix’sexpansion of its Asia Pacific (APAC) data centre in Singapore.

Alibaba Plows $1B Into Aliyun, Its Cloud Computing Unit

ChinaTech Crunch — Alibaba Group announced today that it will invest a further $1 billion into Aliyun, its cloud computing unit. The capital will be used to expand Aliyun, which currently has data centers in China, Hong Kong, and Silicon Valley, into other international markets. The company plans to target the Middle East, where it recently formed a joint venture with Dubai-based holding company Meraas, Singapore, Japan, and Europe.

How Does Alibaba’s Data Pact Impact Chinese Retention Laws?

ChinaChina Tech News — Chinese e-commerce firm Alibaba says its Aliyun cloud computing subsidiary has a new data protection pact that supposedly protects user data. At an event held today in Beijing, Simon Hu, president of Aliyun, announced the pact and promised to abide by this pledge to protect user data and business data privacy for all of its international customers. Hu encouraged the entire Internet industry to exercise self-regulation that is vital in promoting the sustainable development of the data technology economy.

Chinese Cloud Computing War Will Soon Begin

ChinaChina Tech News — Huawei is ready to battle Alibaba’s Aliyun cloud service as Huawei plans to hold a launch event at the end of July 2015 to officially release its own public cloud computing services. Huawei’s rotating CEO and vice chairman Xu Zhijun disclosed in April that the company would soon launch its public cloud services to formally enter the Chinese information service industry, and now local Chinese media are confirming that the commencement will happen within two weeks.

Report: Second Alibaba Cloud Data Center Coming to US

ChinaDatacenter Knowledge — Ramping up its push into the US cloud services market, Chinese internet giant Alibaba’s cloud arm Aliyun is planning a second cloud data center on US soil. The announcement comes about four months after the company announced the launch of its first US data centerin Silicon Valley.

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. To Boost Investment To Battle, Inc.

ChinaBusiness Finance News — Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. steps up as a competitor to, Inc. in the cloud computing industry; announcing its plans to increase its investment in data centers in the Middle East, US, and India. The e-commerce giant’s cloud computing arm, Aliyun released a “Data Protection Pact,” which entails the expansion into markets beyond China; customers using cloud computing platforms will have “absolute ownership” of their data, along with the right to share, transfer, exchange, delete, and access the content at any time.

Alibaba’s Aliyun Initiates Data Protection Pact for Worldwide Cloud Consumers at Its Inaugural Data Technology Day

ChinaBusiness Wire — BEIJING: Aliyun, Alibaba’s cloud computing subsidiary, issued a Data Protection Pact and rolled out 14 cloud products and 50 cloud solutions at its inaugural Data Technology (DT) Day today in Beijing. More than 2,000 elites, including developers, entrepreneurs, government agencies, traditional industry players, and Aliyun’s global partners participated in this event.

Amazon’s cloud computing development challenges Alibaba

IndiaWant China Times — Although Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has not yet opened operations in the US, the rapid development of US e-retailer Amazon, particularly in cloud computing, poses a great challenge to Alibaba, the Shanghai-based China Business News reported. Alibaba created a miracle in September 2014 as its shares soared 38% on its first trading day after a record-breaking initial public offering (IPO) on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). The rise in its stocks sent the company’s value to over US$231 billion, exceeding the combined market capitalizations of Amazon and eBay, the two leading US e-commerce companies.