Alibaba opens its first self-built data cen­ter

China Daily (USA) - - BUSINESS - By MENGJING in Zhangji­akou, He­bei province mengjing@chi­nadaily.com.cn

E-com­merce gi­ant Alibaba Group Hold­ing Ltd launched on Mon­day its very first self­de­signed, self-built data cen­ters in­He­bei province, beef­ing up its cloud com­put­ing ca­pa­bil­ity to bet­ter serve online shop­pers and en­trepreneurs in north­ern China.

The two newly launched data cen­ters in Zhang­bei county in Zhangji­akou are ex­pected to be­come Alibaba’s key com­put­ing in­fra­struc­ture in north­ern China, pro­vid­ing ser­vices to the gi­ant’s core busi­nesses in cloud com­put­ing, big data and e-com­merce.

Jeff Zhang, chief tech­nol­ogy of­fi­cer of Alibaba Group, said that the e-com­merce gi­ant had pre­vi­ously teamed up with tele­com op­er­a­tors in build­ing data cen­ters.

“The two cen­ters in Zhang­bei are the first cen­ters we have ex­clu­sively de­signed and built to sup­port our business,” he said, adding that he es­ti­mates the cen­ters will shoul­der about half of the com­put­ing tasks of the com­pany in the fu­ture.

Ac­cord­ing to Zhang, the new cen­ters will soon pro­vide ser­vices dur­ing Alibaba’s up­com­ing Nov 11 shop­ping fes­ti­val, the big­gest an­nual online shop­ping event in China. The cen­ters are also ex­pected to pro­vide cloud­ing com­put­ing and big data ser­vices to 2 mil­lion small and medium-sized com­pa­nies.

“Alibaba has be­come one of the world’s lead­ing big data com­pa­nies. We are fully com­mit­ted to build­ing our plat­form, at the heart of which are ef­fi­cient data cen­ters that are highly avail­able and ro­bust, of large enough scale to match our growth and make use of a re­pro­ducible IT in­fra­struc­ture,” said Zhang, adding that the com­pany may build an­other data cen­ter in the fu­ture.

The launch of the new data cen­ter is in line with Alibaba’s “go­ing North” strat­egy.

The move is aimed to help Alibaba gain an in­creased mar­ket share in north­ern re­gions in the in­tense com­pe­ti­tion with its big­gest online shop­ping ri­val, Bei­jing-based JD.com Inc.

Lu, an e-com­merce ex­pert, said “com­put­ing in­fra­struc­ture is im­por­tant for Alibaba to en­able users in north China to en­joy more and bet­ter ser­vices”.

num­ber of small and medi­um­sized com­pa­nies that the data cen­ter is likely to serve

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