Alibaba Cloud Expands its Asia Footprint: Opens DC in Philippines
Published 8 June 2021
Alibaba Cloud, the digital technology and intelligence backbone of Alibaba Group, announced that it plans to build its first data center in the Philippines by the end of this year.
The new data centre will extend the reach of Alibaba Cloud’s offerings in the Philippines, ranging from elastic compute, database, security and network services to machine learning and data analytics capabilities. Local businesses across sectors such as financial technology (FinTech), e-commerce, education and media will be able to adopt and implement cloud technologies more efficiently and better position themselves to capture the emerging opportunities in the country.
Alibaba Cloud’s new data centre will be constructed in Manila and bring the company’s total availability zones to 76 spread across 25 regions worldwide.
“Cloud computing has become central to the digitalisation of businesses in the Philippines and around Asia. With our first data center in the country, we will be able to better support Philippine enterprises in adopting cloud technologies and preparing for a digital-first future. We look forward to building out the cloud ecosystem in the Philippines and contributing to the digital economy in Asia, leveraging the synergy with other hubs in the region,” said Leo Liu, General Manager for Hong Kong, Macau, and Philippines, Alibaba Cloud Intelligence.
Expansion drive in Asia
This is a part of its expansion drive in Asia and further supporting the digital transformation journeys of the country’s diverse community of enterprises.
“Alibaba Cloud’s upcoming data center launch underscores our commitment to equipping Philippine customers with secure, reliable and scalable cloud solutions. It is important for local enterprises to have access to reliable cloud architecture to efficiently meet the evolving needs of Filipino consumers,” said Allen Guo, Country Manager for the Philippines, Alibaba Cloud Intelligence.
To adequately support Philippine businesses’ digitalisation, be them conglomerates or one of the country’s vast number of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), Alibaba cloud has formed partnerships with more than 20 organizations across the retail, healthcare, Fintech, Information and Communications Technology (ICT), business process outsourcing, media and education sectors.
Last year, Alibaba Cloud announced the formation of the Philippines Ecosystem Alliance to fast-track the digitalization of local businesses and support the government’s Cloud First Policy. The company also aims to train 50,000 local IT professionals and help 5,000 businesses migrate online by 2023.
To encourage the adoption of cloud technologies among local enterprises, Alibaba Cloud established a local team in the Philippines and trained them to address the specific needs of clients and deliver a personalized customer service experience.
Alibaba Group is the world’s third leading and Asia Pacific’s leading IaaS provider by revenue in 2020 in U.S. dollars, according to Gartner’s April 2021 report.
“Our strategic roadmap for APAC includes targeted investments to facilitate the digital transformation of local businesses. We see these investments as all the more timely given the impact of the pandemic and the sharp rise in demand for digital business tools. Equally important is our focus on talent development and nurturing a digitally-competent workforce, which we see as a key challenge for many businesses to overcome going forward,” said Selina Yuan.
Further, Jeff Zhang, President of Alibaba Cloud Intelligence, today announced Project Asia Forward with an initial USD1 billion funding and resources to support startups, developers and new talents in Asia-Pacific at the 2021 Alibaba Cloud Summit
“As the leading cloud service provider and trusted partner in APAC, we are committed to bettering the region’s cloud ecosystem and enhancing its digital infrastructure. Our focus on innovation and data center investments, as well as talent development is in anticipation of a digital-first future.” said Zhang.