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Alibaba’s second Indonesia data centre now open for business
Wed, 9th Jan 2019
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A mere ten months after launching its first data center in Indonesia, Alibaba Cloud has now opened the doors to its second.

The company asserts there is significant demand in the area, with the new facility set to double its local capacity with high availability and bolstered disaster recovery capabilities to enable customers to deploy mission-critical workloads across a range of availability zones and switch between them in a matter of seconds.

Alibaba Cloud Singapore and Indonesia general manager Leon Chen says the two data centers are equipped with a sweeping portfolio of products and services, including elastic computing, networking, storage, security, database services, middleware, and solutions that tackle vertical industry challenges.

The company has already made moves to launch machine learning for AI, and is about to provide elastic search to offer real-time search, visualisation, and data analysis abilities – a move it says is in line with significant demand from Indonesian enterprises for big data and analytics solutions.

In addition to celebrating the launch of the new data center, Alibaba Cloud also unveiled the internet Champion Global Accelerator Program, an initiative to play a part in Indonesia's 2020 Go Digital Vision.

“With better connectivity and a fast-growing digital community, the Indonesian market presents enormous opportunities to both local and global enterprises,” says Chen.

“By doubling our data center capacity and launching the Internet Champion Global Accelerator Program in Indonesia, we aim to further build the cloud ecosystem and talent pool for Indonesia.

The Alibaba Cloud Champion Global Accelerator Program is effectively part of Indonesia's government aim to drive digital ambition with training, mentorship, and venture capital opportunities for enterprises and professionals.

As part of its launch, more than 300 professionals from start-ups and enterprises have been given an introduction to eCommerce technology using Alibaba Group's Double 11 Global Shopping Festival as a case study.

While its launch was in Indonesia, Alibaba Cloud asserts it will gradually roll out to other global markets.

“The Digital Economy Vision of Indonesia sets out a clear direction for our future development. Our goal is to foster new decacorn and unicorn, accelerate the growth of at least 1,000 startups, and help at least 8 million people in the traditional farming and fishing industries, as well as SMEs, to go digital,” says Indonesia minster of communications and information H.E. Rudiantara.

On top of all this, Alibaba Cloud also announced that it has sealed a deal with PT IndoInternet to become its sole distributor of its cloud computing products and services.

“We are very pleased to work with Alibaba Cloud. Reliable and cost-effective products and services are highly sought-after in our market as it expands,” says PT IndoInternet director David Tandianus.

“Serving as a distributor of Alibaba Cloud not only helps us meet increasing market demand but also enables local resellers to improve their product knowledge and service standards.

Alibaba Cloud now has 55 availability zones across 19 regions worldwide. Alibaba Cloud maintains a strong presence in Southeast Asia with additional data centers in Singapore and Malaysia.