Story image

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

14 Sep 16

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. 

Google says ‘circular economy’ needed for data centres
Google's Sustainability Officer believes major changes are critical in data centres to emulate the cyclical life of nature.
How to keep network infrastructure secure and available
Two OVH executives have weighed in on how network infrastructure and the challenges in that space will be evolving in the coming year.
52mil users affected by Google+’s second data breach
Google+ APIs will be shut down within the next 90 days, and the consumer platform will be disabled in April 2019 instead of August 2019 as originally planned.
How Fujitsu aims to tackle digitalisation and the data that comes with it
Fujitsu CELSIUS workstations aim to be the ideal platform for accelerating innovation and data-rich design.
QNAP launches a new hybrid structure NAS
"By combining AMD Ryzen processors with a hybrid storage structure and 10GbE SFP+ connectivity, the system packs performance into a compact 1U frame."
Ramping up security with next-gen firewalls
The classic firewall lacked the ability to distinguish between different kinds of web traffic.
Platform9 aims to allow enterprises to run Kubernetes instantly
Snapfish, HPE, and Juniper use Platform9’s hybrid cloud solution to deliver a modern cloud infrastructure-as-a-service experience.
Opinion: A data centre manager's Christmas wish list
In this time of merriment and cheer there is one thing everyone is not-so-secretly waiting for: Presents.