Alibaba Grows Slow and Steady, Opens yet another Data Center in Silicon Valley

By CIOReview | Friday, October 9, 2015
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FREMONT, CA: Spotting the market potential amongst cloud and big data customers in the US, the ecommerce company Alibaba makes news with the establishment of its all new data center in the Silicon Valley.  Customers can apply for services from the data center after it’s made live by 12 October, 2015.

This new facility is the fourth data center setup this year and ranks as the ninth in the line of the global data centers. Alibaba owns datacenters across Beijing, Hong Kong, Shenzhen, and Shanghai in China, and more number of facilities are expected around Asia, Europe and Middle East in the coming year.

The catalogue for AliCloud at the new data center will be housing over 10 cloud services specifically designed to benefit customers by increasing their rate of innovation and aid in reducing the costs involved in service delivery and big data analytics. The prime target markets for Alibaba with this move is essentially the Chinese enterprises housed in US, but it goes without saying that they will try to benefit from the U.S. firms as well.

The list of cloud services promised by the new center at Silicon Valley encompasses a simplified Elastic Compute Service (ECS), Analytic Database Service (ADS), an open Cloud Monitor System (CMS), Distributed Relational Database Service (DRDS), and Key Value Stores (KVS). It also adds to the list an efficient Message and Notification Service (MNS), Open Cache Service (OCS), Open Table Service (OTS), Open Storage Service (OSS), Relational Database Service (RDS), Server Load Balancing (SLB), Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) and a security service called Yundun.

Despite, being figuratively small, this establishment by Alibaba can pose AliCloud as a threat in the making for the current leader Amazon Web Services.