Alibaba Cloud, the digital technology and innovation backbone of Alibaba Group, has launched its third data centre in Germany to support the growing digital transformation demands from customers across Europe.
This data centre is located in Frankfurt, and provides a range of cloud computing products ranging from storage, network to database, the company said in a statement. With the data residing in Germany, the data centre adheres to the highest security standards and the strict compliance regulations set out in the Cloud Computing Compliance Controls Catalog (C5) in Germany.
Together the three data centres offer European customers high availability, exceptional resilience and robust disaster recovery capabilities. Raymond Ma, General Manager of Europe, Alibaba Cloud Intelligence said:
“The third data centre launch underscores our continuous commitment to serving the local German and European markets. With our proven innovations and competitive solutions that meet strict security and compliance requirements, we are determined in our mission to support our customers with their digital transformation demands.”
The new data centre also features free cooling operation via dry coolers- using naturally cool ambient air instead of mechanical refrigeration. The full free cooling hours is expected to reach over 7,000 hours a year.
In addition, the data centre is committed to using 100 per cent green electricity to power its operation, along with an intelligent cloud-based platform to monitor and optimize its daily carbon footprint for a more sustainable operation approach. Alibaba Cloud has been collaborating with customers in the automotive, manufacturing, retail and gaming sectors in Europe since it unveiled its first data centre in Frankfurt in 2016.
Since then, Alibaba Cloud has also introduced multiple AI services to the market, such as Intelligent Speech Interaction, a Machine Learning Platform for AI (PAI) and GPU clusters to support clients’ demands for ongoing cloud-based innovation. As a member of the Trusted Cloud Initiative of the BMWK, Alibaba Cloud was also the first cloud service provider to receive the C5 test certificate with extended requirements from the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI).
It also successfully passed the audit of German AI Cloud Services Compliance Criteria Catalogue (AIC4), the first applicable testing standard established by Germany’s Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) for certifying the security of AI applications deployed in Germany. It has also partnered with companies including Siemens and SAP to drive digital transformation in China.
Alibaba is the world’s third leading and Asia Pacific’s leading IaaS provider by revenue in 2021, according to Gartner’s report, Market Share: IT Services, 2021. With the introduction of the new data centre, Alibaba Cloud now has a network of 84 availability zones in 27 regions across the globe, offering a highly secure, scalable, robust and sustainable cloud infrastructure to support global customers embracing digital innovation.