Alibaba opens cloud-computing data centers
Chinese tech giant Alibaba has opened two data centers in London that will provide cloud computing and artificial intelligence services to European businesses.
Increasingly, companies around the world are scaling down in-house computing infrastructure and data storage, opting instead to use “cloud computing” where third-party providers deliver those services over the internet.
Alibaba Cloud is the biggest cloud services provider in China, and the company is now making a play to capture a slice of the European market via the two new data centers in London and another center in Frankfurt, Germany, that opened earlier this year.
Alibaba Cloud, which is owned by Alibaba Group, is the world’s fifth-largest cloud provider, behind operations run by Amazon, Microsoft, Google, and IBM.