Date
16 December 2017
Alibaba, through its cloud computing unit Aliyun, has set up a data center in Hong Kong to serve as a network channel for Chinese enterprises expanding overseas and for international companies planning to enter the China market. Photo: Reuters
Alibaba, through its cloud computing unit Aliyun, has set up a data center in Hong Kong to serve as a network channel for Chinese enterprises expanding overseas and for international companies planning to enter the China market. Photo: Reuters

Aliyun sets up first offshore data center in HK

Technology giant Alibaba may not be listing in Hong Kong, but its cloud computing subsidiary Aliyun opened its first-ever offshore data center in the city on Monday.

The Hong Kong facility is the company’s fourth data center after those in Hangzhou, Qingdao and Beijing in the mainland. It is a joint venture between Aliyun and Hong Kong Towngas Telecommunications Co. Ltd., according to a statement from the Alibaba unit.

Aliyun will be able to provide cloud computing services to users across the globe, as the optical fiber network will connect to mainland China and international carriers in Hong Kong, Singapore, the United States, Britain and other European countries.

The Hong Kong data center is intended to serve as a network channel for Chinese enterprises expanding overseas and for international companies planning to enter the China market, said Aliyun president Wang Wenbin.

Wang noted that many Chinese enterprises want to expand in Southeast Asia, including as game developers as well as consumer electronics and e-commerce companies, which look at the region as their first base for overseas expansion.

Targeting the Southeast Asia market, Hong Kong has obvious geographical and market advantages. The city enjoys an edge when it comes to speed and capacity for network connection to Europe and the US, Wang said.

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