Story image

Alibaba launches its first self-built data centers in Hebei Province, China

14 Sep 2016

Alibaba Group Holding has launched its first two self-designed and self-built data centers in Hebei Province, China. The two centers in Zhangbei Country will support cloud capability, big data and e-commerce infrastructure for customers and two million businesses in the entire Northern China region.

“The two centers in Zhangbei are the first centers we have exclusively designed and built to support our business,” he said, adding that he estimates the centers will shoulder about half of the computing tasks of the company in the future," comments Jeff Zhang, chief technology officer at Alibaba Group.

Zhang says the strategies work with both the company's strategy and online events, supporting future growth, particularly through its "Going North" strategy. The company also aims to stay strong against other large online shopping competitors.

“Alibaba has become one of the world’s leading big data companies. We are fully committed to building our platform, at the heart of which are efficient data centers that are highly available and robust, of large enough scale to match our growth and make use of a reproducible IT infrastructure,” he explains.

Alibaba has previously worked with external providers to build and maintain data centers, and the company may consider building another data center sometime in the future.

In July, the company announced a second data center availability zone for its Singapore customers and in May it also helped SoftBank expand its Japanese operations. 

Storage is all the rage, and SmartNICs are the key
Mellanox’s Kevin Deierling shares the results from a new survey that identifies the key role of the network in boosting data centre performance.
Opinion: Moving applications between cloud and data centre
OpsRamp's Bhanu Singh discusses the process of moving legacy systems and applications to the cloud, as well as pitfalls to avoid.
Global server market maintains healthy growth in Q4 2018
New data from Gartner reveals that while there was growth in the market as a whole, some of the big vendors actually declined.
Cloud application attacks in Q1 up by 65% - Proofpoint
Proofpoint found that the education sector was the most targeted of both brute-force and sophisticated phishing attempts.
Huawei to deploy Open Rack in all its public cloud data centres
Tech giant Huawei has unveiled plans to adopt Open Rack proposed by the Open Compute Project in its new public cloud data centres across the globe.
Beyond renewables: Emerging technologies for “greening” the data centre
Park Place Technologies’ CEO shares his views on innovations aside from renewable energy that can slim a data centre’s footprint.
Interview: Cisco on digital transformation and data centres at the edge
"On-premise we speak English, Amazon speaks French, and Amazon and Microsoft speak something else. But someone has to translate all of that and Cisco is involved with normalising those rule sets.”
Flashpoint: APAC companies must factor geopolitics in cyber strategies
The diverse geopolitical and economic interests of the states in the region play a significant role in driving and shaping cyber threat activity against entities operating in APAC.