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Alibaba Cloud unveils two data centres in London as it bolsters European presence

Chinese tech giant Alibaba has unveiled two new data centres in London as it seeks to bolster its European cloud-computing business. The centres follow the launch of hubs in Frankfurt and Dubai in 2016, and take the total number of “availability zones” around the world to 52.

Yeming Wang, general manager of Alibaba Cloud EMEA, said the move was “in direct response to the rapidly increasing demand” for facilities in the region. Services available to customers in the area now include elastic computing, storage, database, network, application services and big data analytics.

Like its e-commerce rival Amazon, Alibaba has quickly expanded its cloud computing business in recent years. Although it can’t yet match its US counterpart in terms of cloud computing revenue, the company’s services have proved particularly attractive to Western businesses seeking to expand into China.

Sean Harley, chief information officer of Asciential, said: “Working with Alibaba Cloud has been key to our global success, and we have seen positive impacts from the easy implementation, a robust and scalable public cloud platform, and first-class customer support especially in a complex market such as China.”

Tony Lock, an analyst at Freeform Dynamics, added that the arrival of Alibaba Cloud into Europe was “an important milestone, not only for the company, but for the market by providing another significant world-wide cloud option for businesses in the EMEA region”.