Alibaba, the ecommerce giant, has opened to data centres in London, which is its first official expansion into the UK.
The new centres will allow the company to more effectively disseminate its services to British businesses as it seeks to compete with major rivals that include Amazon Web Services, Google and Microsoft; of which Alibaba currently ranks fifth.
The e-commerce giant has been working to expand its cloud computing arm in Europe in recent months, and has also opened centres in Frankfurt this year.
— Alibaba Group (@AlibabaGroup) October 22, 2018
Speaking of the importance of the expansion, Alibaba Cloud’s EMEA general manager Yeming Wang said that the “expansion into the United Kingdom, and by extension into Europe, is in direct response to the rapidly increasing demands we have seen for local facilities within the region.
“Using AI-powered and data-driven technology, our latest data centres will offer customers complete access to our wide range of cloud services, from machine learning capabilities to predictive data analytics, ensuring that we continue to offer an unparalleled level of service. We are incredibly proud to take this latest step in our continued investment in EMEA.”
Alibaba now operates more than 50 centres across 19 regions globally.