The company says its clients can gain faster and more customized cloud services that meet local demands better compared to its US rivals like Amazon, Microsoft and Google. Source: Shutterstock

Jakarta gets its first Alibaba Cloud data center for local startups

ALIBABA Cloud, the largest cloud computing company in China on Thursday opened the doors to its first data center in Jakarta, catering mainly to local startups as its parent company looks to outpace its international rivals in Asia’s emerging economies.

The opening in Jakarta is yet another move by Alibaba Group Holding to capture the region’s fast-growing tech market.

With the Jakarta center, the company says its clients can gain faster and more customized cloud services that meet local demands better compared to its US rivals like Amazon, Microsoft, and Google, the Nikkei Asian Review reported.

Alibaba Cloud’s Asean, Australia, and New Zealand general manager Raymond Ma was quoted as saying that Alibaba Cloud is the first global player that has a local data center in Indonesia.

“From the latency and service quality perspective, we are probably better than vendors who have data centers outside of this country,” he told a press conference in Jakarta.

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The company said the data center would offer a comprehensive suite of cloud products and services ranging from elastic computing, database service, networking, security and middleware to analytics and big data.

“This full range of Alibaba Cloud’s solutions will satisfy the surging needs of local enterprises across a range of industries including e-commerce, media, Fintech, gaming, logistics, transportation and manufacturing,” it said in a statement to Tech Wire Asia.

The company said its big data service called “MaxCompute”, a big data platform that allows users to store and process massive amounts of structural data to levels as high as terabyte or even petabyte. It will also bring sophisticated data intelligence services such as data processing, analytics and machine learning to Indonesian businesses, empowering data-driven innovation and business transformation.

“As the only global cloud services provider originating from Asia, we are uniquely positioned with cultural and contextual advantages to provide innovative data intelligence solutions and computing capabilities to customers across this region,” said Alex Li, General Manager of Asia Pacific, Alibaba Cloud.

The launch of the data center is part of Alibaba Cloud’s ongoing commitment to support the Indonesian government’s initiative to create 1,000 startups by 2020.

For SMEs and startups, access to scalable and affordable cloud services are essential to accelerate their growth.

The company said by migrating IT infrastructure to Alibaba Cloud, these growing firms can leverage the available powerful cloud services to scale rapidly, accelerate innovation and reduce cost.

“They can expand their geographic reach through Alibaba Cloud’s established global network to support international operations and better compete in global trade,” the company said.