Alibaba Group will bring its data center and managed cloud solutions businesses in India and Indonesia by opening two new cloud data centers in Mumbai and Jakarta. Offered under the ‘Alibaba Cloud’ brand, the company expects to go live in these two cities within the current fiscal year (FY18) although an exact timeline was not provided. As of now, Alibaba Cloud’s data centers are present in 17 locations covering China, Australia, Germany, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates and the US. Alibaba Cloud provides cloud solutions like virtual computing, CDNs, database services, and cloud security applications. Alibaba said it will focus on SMEs throughout the region (India, Indonesia) allowing businesses to host their applications, software, and raw data on the cloud. Note that the company has also partnered with Global Cloud Xchange, a subsidiary of Reliance Communications to directly access Alibaba’s cloud network via GCX’s cloud platform. It also signed a similar partnership with Tata Communications in India. Other Alibaba services in India The data center business is only one of Alibaba’s strategy to tap the growing Internet base in India, which is expected to touch 800 million by 2021. Alibaba Group said in January that it would invest close to Rs 200 crore over the next 2 years into India and Indonesia operations, especially in its content and media businesses. At that time, the company unveiled a blogging platform that pays users for generating content; it set aside Rs 5 crore for the platform. Apart from its core B2B e-commerce unit,…
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