Alibaba's cloud data center opens in Beijing

Summary:The Chinese Internet giant's cloud computing subsidiary, Aliyun, has officially opened its Beijing data center. This is the unit's third facility focused on global service.

Alibaba's cloud computing subsidiary, Aliyun, has officially opened its Beijing data center. This is the unit's third facility focused on global service, besides those in Hangzhou and Qingdao.

This is the Chinese Internet giant's third data center focused on global services, and will help clients improve their applications service reliability and response speeds. It is reportedly scouting for overseas sites for similar operations which might signal a ramping up in expansion, according to China Tech News.

The latest data center will have 10,000 servers initially and cater to customers in the Beijing and the North China region. Some of the major clients include government research institutions, financial organizations, and start-ups.

For a start, four types of cloud products will be available: cloud servers, relational database services, open storage services, and load balancing services, according to the report.

Last December, Alibaba had announced its intentions to expand its cloud services beyond its domestic market , hinting at the U.S. and Southeast Asia markets as two potential regions due to their links to Chinese businesses.

Topics: Cloud, China, Data Centers

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