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Alibaba Cloud unveils data centre in Dubai

YVOLV a joint venture of Alibaba Cloud with Meraas, to operate first full-fledged public cloud in Middle East and North Africa

Alibaba Cloud unveils data centre in Dubai
Alibaba Cloud has also recently signed the number of partnerships in the region.

Alibaba Cloud has announced the launch of a data centre in Dubai that will be operated by YVOLV, a joint venture between Alibaba Cloud and Meraas Holdings.

The company, which is the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group, will offer a portfolio of services to address the increasing demand for mission-critical, affordable and secure cloud computing in the Middle East.

YVOLV will be complementing Alibaba Cloud's offering to serve customers as they migrate their day to day IT operations to the cloud and developing unique and innovative solutions to help them streamline operations.

Simon Hu, president of Alibaba Cloud, said: "We are excited that our global footprint has now expanded to the Middle East which is also a major area covered by China's 'one belt, one road' initiative. With the Dubai data centre, our global cloud network will be able to meet enterprises which are going global."

Sicheng Yu, Vice President of Alibaba Group and General Manager of Alibaba Cloud Global, added: "As a global leader in cloud computing and big data, we recognise the shift in the region's demand from clunky IT equipment and servers to streamlined cloud computing solutions. The ease of doing business in Dubai coupled with strong transport and telecommunications infrastructure make this city the perfect choice to house Alibaba Cloud's high-speed, high-quality and secure cloud services and in turn expand our global footprint."

Alibaba Cloud's portfolio at the data centre will include IaaS (Infrastructure as a service) cloud services including elastic computing, storage and databases which caters to all types of customers from SMEs, government, and enterprise.

Alibaba Cloud has also recently signed the number of partnerships in the region. The most recent deals are with Detecon, leading Saudi data centre services provider and Chinese Business Hub, which is designed to facilitate the move of Chinese SMEs to the UAE.

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