Alibaba expands cloud enterprise overseas with new knowledge facilities in Asia

Zhang Jianfeng, president of Alibaba Cloud Intelligence, speaks throughout the opening ceremony of Alibaba Renhe Cloud Knowledge Middle on September 16, 2020 in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province of China.

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GUANGZHOU, China — Alibaba plans to open its first knowledge facilities in South Korea and Thailand in 2022 because the Chinese language know-how big seems to be to develop its cloud enterprise additional abroad.

The e-commerce big is the primary cloud computing participant in China however has targeted on increasing its footprint internationally, notably into different areas of Asia, together with Singapore, the Philippines and Indonesia, pitting itself towards U.S. giants like Amazon and Microsoft.

Native knowledge facilities can assist companies in these international locations or areas entry Alibaba’s cloud companies. They’ll additionally assist Chinese language firms develop their presence abroad.

Alibaba introduced the plans on Wednesday at its Apsara Convention together with plenty of different new cloud merchandise.

On Tuesday, Alibaba additionally launched a brand new chip known as Yitian 710 that may go into servers known as Panjiu. The goal is to energy synthetic intelligence functions on Alibaba’s cloud.

The corporate hopes customized chips can assist it stand out from rivals within the aggressive cloud computing market.

Cloud computing is seen as a key revenue driver for Alibaba over the long run, although it accounts for round 8% of the corporate’s complete income for the time being. E-commerce stays its core enterprise.