Alibaba Cloud opens second data centre in Japan

EILEEN YU FOR BY THE WAY | January 29, 2019

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Alibaba Cloud has opened its second data centre in Japan, doubling its capacity in the country where it is seeing growing demand for big data analytics with machine learning capabilities. The new facility runs on 25G network infrastructure, an upgrade from its original 10G network, and P100 card GPU-based GN5 Instance to process graphics for machine learning. Between the two local data centres, Alibaba said its cloud unit will be able to offer more than 50 services, including elastic computing, image search, database, networking, disaster recovery, and storage services. It added that these can cater to key sectors such as e-commerce, games, media, manufacturing, and Internet of Things. Alibaba in 2016 inked a deal with Japan's telecom giant Softbank to buy back shares estimated to be worth US$7.9 billion. The two companies also formed a joint venture, SB Cloud, to launch Alibaba Cloud's services and first data centre in Japan. Alibaba said it also worked with local partners, including MITSUI & Co, NEC, and ITOCHU Techno-Solutions, to support its Japanese customers.

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