Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing platform of Chinese conglomerate Alibaba will open its first data centre in India in January.
The new data centre in Mumbai aims to help over 50 million small and medium enterprises (SMEs) by providing complete cloud-based solutions.
Alibaba Cloud’s entry to Indian market will give new competition for existing players like Google and Microsoft.
“We are excited to be officially opening our new Mumbai data centre in early 2018, enabling us to work closely with more Indian enterprises,” Simon Hu, Senior Vice President of Alibaba Group and President of Alibaba Cloud, said in a statement.
Alibaba Cloud, the largest public cloud in China, is an integrated suite of cloud products and services. It is one of the leading players in cloud computing and has presence across China, Hong Kong, US, Australia, Japan, Singapore West Asia and Europe.
Alibaba, which holds significant number of shares in Paytm, has been familiar with the trends in Indian market. So the company is focusing on Indian cloud market.
“This continues our commitment to India, helping it to develop trade opportunities with other markets in the region and beyond,” added Hu.
Alibaba Cloud provides services like computing, storage and content delivery, networking, analytics and big data.
According to reports, this move is part of Alibaba’s strategic plan to expand the company’s domain across India.