Alibaba Opens Second Data Center in Indonesia

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Chinese tech giant Alibaba recently opened a second data center in Indonesia. This development is part of the company's effort to capture the country's ever-expanding the need for data. The second data center was opened just 10 months after the Chinese tech giant launched its first data center in the country.

With the newly opened data center, Indonesian consumers can now deploy mission-critical workloads. Alibaba will be providing services among a number of zones, a feature that will allow users to have full disaster recovery capabilities.

In order to achieve this massive undertaking, Alibaba tapped the services of local services provider PT IndoInternet. PT IndoInternet will act as the sole distributor of Alibaba's full range of cloud computing services and products.

Alibaba's two data facilities in Indonesia will offer a wide range of products and services. Chief among these services and storage, database, middleware applications, and networking.

According to many tech analysts, Alibaba's recent expansion in the Indonesian tech market comes as a no surprise. Indonesia has one of the biggest tech markets in Asia and the country continues to post positive growth rate in this particular sector for several quarters now.

Alibaba is not the only tech giant to target Indonesia as the next big tech market in Asia. Tech giants such as Google and Amazon, with their respective cloud services, have both announced that they are planning to launch cloud services in the region with the intention of making Indonesia as their base of operations. Alibaba has beaten both companies by being the first global public platform to launch its services in the country.

With Alibaba's latest expansion, the company's Cloud service now has 55 availability zones spread across 19 regions across the globe. With the exception of its home country China and Hong Kong, Alibaba Cloud now has a strong presence across the Asia Pacific region. Aside from Indonesia, Alibaba also offers its cloud services in countries like India, Australia, Singapore, Japan, and Malaysia.

Along with the opening of its newest data center in Indonesia, Alibaba also launched its accelerator program which is appropriately called "Internet Champion Global Accelerator Program." This accelerator program aims to help local Indonesian startups and businesses. Alibaba said that the company aims to help at least 1,000 startups get a footing in the ever-expanding tech sector. Alibaba claims that the same accelerator program will be rolled out to other regions in the future.

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