Alibaba Cloud opens first data centre in Philippines

08 June 2021 | Antony Savvas

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Alibaba Cloud says it will build its first data centre in the Philippines by the end of this year, to extend the reach of its services including elastic compute, databases, security, machine learning and data analytics.

“Local businesses across sectors such as financial technology, e-commerce, education and media will be able to adopt and implement cloud technologies more efficiently, and better position themselves to capture the emerging opportunities in the country,” said the Chinese cloud services provider.

The new data centre will be constructed in capital Manila (pictured) and bring the company’s total number of availability zones (data centres) to 76, spread across 25 regions worldwide.

Leo Liu, general manager for Hong Kong, Macau and the Philippines at Alibaba Cloud Intelligence, said: “We look forward to building out the cloud ecosystem in the Philippines and contributing to the digital economy in Asia, leveraging the synergy with other hubs in the region.”

Last year, Alibaba Cloud announced the formation of the Philippines Ecosystem Alliance to help fast-track the digitalisation of local businesses and support the government's cloud first policy. The company also aims to train 50,000 local IT professionals and help 5,000 businesses migrate online by 2023.

As it announced the Philippines new build, the company also launched its Project AsiaForward with an initial $1 billion in funding and resources to “cultivate a million-strong digital talent pool” across the Asia Pacific region.

The Project also aims to “empower 100,000 developers” and the growth of 100,000 technology startups in the region over the next three years.

Last week, Chinese rival Tencent Cloud opened four new data centres in Bangkok, Frankfurt, Hong Kong and Tokyo.