The cloud computing arm of Alibaba group, Alibaba Cloud has commenced  operations for its first data center in Indonesia. The data center is the first global public cloud platform in the country that will now provide a local choice for Indonesian businesses, particularly SMEs and startups, by offering  a powerful, reliable and cost-effective cloud product and services.

Alibaba Cloud’s data center will also help Indonesian customers with low latency or data residency requirements to store and process data within the country. The data center will offer a comprehensive suite of cloud products and services ranging from elastic computing, database service, networking, security and middleware to analytics and big data.

“As the only global cloud services provider originating from Asia, we are uniquely positioned with cultural and contextual advantages to provide innovative data intelligence solutions and computing capabilities to customers across this region,” said Alex Li, General Manager of Asia Pacific, Alibaba Cloud.

The range of Alibaba Cloud’s solutions offered will satisfy the surging needs of local enterprises across a range of industries including e-commerce, media, Fintech, gaming, logistics, transportation and manufacturing. It will support the big data service “MaxCompute”, a big data platform that allows users to store and process massive amounts of structural data to levels as high as terabyte or even petabyte. This will bring sophisticated data intelligence services such as data processing, analytics and machine learning (ML) to Indonesian businesses, empowering data-driven innovation and business transformation.

For both SMEs and startups, access to scalable and affordable cloud services are essential to accelerate their growth.

The launch of the data center is part of Alibaba Cloud’s ongoing commitment to support the Indonesian government’s initiative to create 1,000 startups by 2020. By migrating IT infrastructure to Alibaba Cloud, these growing firms can leverage the available powerful cloud services to scale rapidly, accelerate innovation and reduce cost. They can expand their geographic reach through Alibaba Cloud’s established global network to support international operations and better compete in global trade.

Further, Alibaba Cloud will train people and introduce the Alibaba Cloud Certified Professional (“ACP”) program to Indonesia. Within a year, the program aims to train 300 and certify 100 cloud-savvy professionals in Indonesia, providing both entrepreneurs and local talent with knowledge regarding the best-in-class technology in cloud computing, big data and security.

Alibaba Cloud already has a proven track record of helping Indonesian internet companies to innovate their business on cloud, including Tokopedia, GTech Digital Asia, Dwidaya Tour, and Yogrt.

Tokopedia is also leveraging Alibaba Cloud’s AI solutions to gain insights from its huge data sets and to improve its customer experience. The newly launched data center will further help GTech Digital Asia to meet the data residency requirement.

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