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19 June 2017
| Alan Burkitt-Gray
Singtel has connected its Cloud Access service to Alibaba Cloud, allowing enterprises to access its cloud applications more quickly and securely.
The service allows enterprises to access cloud applications
through a secure, private network, rather than internet-based
connections which are vulnerable to disruptions. Singtel will
first roll out the cloud access service in Singapore and Hong
Kong, before offering it in the US and Europe.
"Enterprises in China and Singapore will find the new
connection particularly useful as it eases their operations and
business expansion seamlessly," said Bill Chang, CEO for group
enterprise at Singtel. The move comes only a week after Equinix announced a
connection to Alibaba Cloud, and Tata Communications has also partnered with
"Coupled with Singtel’s network of data centres in
the region, Singtel can support Chinese enterprises, including
software and cloud service companies, with comprehensive ICT
and managed services."
Singtel Cloud Access service is based on Singtel’s
extensive internet protocol virtual private network (IP VPN)
with 428 points-of-presence (PoPs) around the world.
Ethan Yu, vice president of Alibaba Group and general manager
of Alibaba Cloud Global, said: "We are happy to partner with
Singtel to serve customers’ growing need for
faster connectivity and more robust cloud infrastructure both
in China and worldwide."
Alibaba Cloud is the latest addition to Singtel’s
partner network which provides secure connections to public
cloud providers such as Amazon, Microsoft, IBM SoftLayer and
Google across 30 cities.