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Alibaba Group plans to invest in Singapore data centre

The deal is part of its US$1 billion investment to drive the growth of Aliyun, its cloud computing arm.

SINGAPORE: Chinese Web giant Alibaba Group on Thursday (Jul 30) announced it will set up data centres in Singapore, as well as Japan, Europe and the Middle East, as part of its US$1 billion investment to drive the growth of its cloud computing arm Aliyun.

In a press release, Alibaba Group CEO Daniel Zhang said Aliyun will serve as an “essential engine” for the company in the new economy which sees the physical and digital arenas becoming increasingly integrated.

“This additional US$1 billion investment is just the beginning. Our hope is for Aliyun to continually empower customers and partners with new capabilities, and help companies upgrade their basic infrastructure,” Mr Zhang said. “We want to enable businesses to connect directly with consumers and drive productivity using data.”

To do so, it plans to expand its data centre footprint from the five in China and Hong Kong, as well as one in the Silicon Valley in the US.

When asked, Alibaba spokesperson Beckie Wang said in an email that there are no further details on the Singapore data centre currently, such as whether it would be building one from scratch or leasing space from data centre operators here.

Besides data centres, Alibaba Group also has its international Marketplace Alliance Program, a channel programme that offers Aliyun cloud computing services via partners such as Singapore’s Singtel.

– CNA/kk




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