China’s e-commerce giant Alibaba Group, through its cloud computing arm Alibaba Cloud, launched its second data center in Indonesia in early January to cope with what it says was an “enormously growing demand” in Southeast Asia’s largest economy.
Alibaba Cloud said it has doubled the capacity of its second data center in Indonesia and expanded its capability in order to be able to offer stronger and quicker data recovery systems for its clients. The opening of the second data center comes only ten months after the first data center was opened in March 2018.
The company believes that with two data centers in operations customers will have the capabilities to carry out mission-critical workloads from different zones as well as updating and replacing their data in a matter of seconds.
Indonesia’s communications and information technology minister Rudiantara said at the opening of the new data center that it “fits the government’s future vision of a digital economy. Our target is to spur creations of new startups, accelerating the growth of at least 1,000 startups, supporting at least eight million working in less-advanced agriculture and fishery processing, SMEs sectors to go global.”
Alibaba Cloud is now operating 55 data centers in 19 counties and regions across the world and has a very strong presence across the Asia-Pacific region. The company has data centers in China and is also running data centers in Australia, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Malaysia and Singapore.
The company says it will continue to expand its Asia-Pacific footprint in 2019 and 2020 and will reportedly add new data centers in Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam so that it is positioned to compete against both Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud Services in each country across the region.