China’s Alibaba launches data cen­tre in Dubai

Fiji Sun - - World News -

Dubai: Alibaba Cloud, a cloud com­put­ing arm of China’s Alibaba Group, said here on Mon­day that it launched a data cen­tre in Dubai. Op­er­ated by YVOLV, a joint ven­ture be­tween Alibaba Cloud and United Arab Emirates (UAE) com­pany Mer­aas Hold­ings, the data cen­tre will be the first “full-fledged public cloud” in the Mid­dle East, said Alibaba Cloud and Mer­aas in a joint press con­fer­ence. It will serve the “in­creas­ing de­mand” for mis­sion-crit­i­cal, af­ford­able and se­cure cloud com­put­ing in the re­gion, they said. Si­mon Hu, pres­i­dent of Alibaba Cloud, said that with the data cen­tre, global cloud net­work will be able to meet de­mands from en­ter­prises which are go­ing global.

Fa­hed Al-Ha­jeri, chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of YVOLV, con­firmed that the cloud provider’s achieve­ments in its home mar­ket China “can be repli­cated in the re­gion.”

The project, he added, is in line with Dubai’s smart city ini­tia­tive and the Gulf state’s strate­gic mas­ter plan “UAE vi­sion 2021.” The lat­ter aims to trans­form the UAE, a ma­jor oil sup­plier, to the world’s most com­pet­i­tive coun­try. Dubai, as one of the seven sheikhdoms form­ing the UAE, is con­sid­ered its busi­ness and trade hub. In­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy spend­ing in the Mid­dle East is ex­pected to reach US $212.9 bil­lion (F$449.2b), which would rep­re­sent a 3.7 per cent year on year in­crease, Gart­ner, a US IT re­search and con­sul­tancy firm said. Xin­hua

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