Alibaba Cloud expands Indian presence, partners with Tata Communications
Mon 12 Jun 2017
Indian telecom giant Tata Communications has signed a deal with Alibaba Cloud in a bid to enable enterprise customers in India and globally to connect to the Chinese provider’s Express Connect platform.
According to an announcement made at Alibaba’s Cloud Computing Conference in Shanghai, the Express Connect platform will be linked via Tata Communications IZO Private Connect service, providing users with a fast, stable and secure network connection.
The partnership will be focused on enterprise and will cover Alibaba Cloud’s customer base globally – reaching over 150 countries, including India.
Under the new deal, global businesses will now have immediate access to a secure connection between Virtual Private Clouds (VPCs), the internet and end users’ own networks.
‘We look forward to working closely with Tata Communications in a bid to provide an exciting proposition with great connectivity for global enterprises wanting to enter China and for Chinese enterprises looking to go global with ease and convenience,’ commented Yeming Wang, deputy general manager of Alibaba Cloud Global.
Tata Communications’ IZO service provides a flexible platform which helps businesses to build an agile cloud environment. The partners hope that connecting with Alibaba’s Cloud will allow more enterprise customers to scale their cloud connectivity and enable faster provisioning of capacity.
The news comes as Alibaba looks to boost its cloud presence in India. Also at the conference, the e-commerce giant announced that it would be opening a new data centre in Mumbai – which will take its global footprint to seventeen facilities worldwide.
Simon Hu, SVP of Alibaba Group and President of Alibaba Cloud, noted: ‘Alibaba Cloud, as the only global cloud services provider originating from Asia, is uniquely positioned with cultural and contextual advantages to provide innovative data intelligence and computing capabilities to customers in this region’
He added: ‘Establishing data centers in India and Indonesia will further strengthen our position in the region and across the globe.’