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Alibaba to build first data center in Philippines by end of 2021

Gelo Gonzales
Alibaba to build first data center in Philippines by end of 2021

Alibaba Cloud

The Philippines will become the 4th country in Southeast Asia to have a local Alibaba Cloud data center, following Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia

Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing subsidiary of Alibaba Group, announced on Tuesday, June 8, its plans to build its first data center in the Philippines “by the end of this year.”

The subsidiary’s offerings span cloud computing, database, security, machine learning, and data analytics services. A local data center will improve working efficiency for customers within the region.

“Cloud computing has become central to the digitalization of businesses in the Philippines and around Asia. With our first data center in the country, we will be able to better support Philippine enterprises in adopting cloud technologies and preparing for a digital-first future,” said Leo Liu, general manager for Hong Kong, Macau, and Philippines, Alibaba Cloud Intelligence. 

Alibaba Cloud entered the Philippine market in 2019. Its data center will be built in Manila, and will bring the company’s availability zones to 76 across 25 regions globally. The development will make the Philippines the fourth country in Southeast Asia where Alibaba Cloud has built data centers, following Singapore (2015), Malaysia (2017), and Indonesia (2018).

The move follows Alibaba’s announcement last year about the formation of the Philippines Ecosystem Alliance, which aims to train 50,000 local IT professionals and help 5,000 businesses migrate online by 2023.

The data center is part of Alibaba Cloud’s US$1-billion investment in the Asia Pacific called Project AsiaForward, announced on Tuesday, June 8, at the Alibaba Cloud Summit 2021. The investment will be used to fuel “a million-strong digital talent pool, empower 100,000 developers and the growth of 100,000 technology startups in Asia Pacific (APAC) over the next three years.”

Along with the Philippines’ data center, Alibaba Cloud also announced the building of a third data center in Indonesia, and an innovation center in Malaysia.

“Our strategic roadmap for APAC includes targeted investments to facilitate the digital transformation of local businesses. We see these investments as all the more timely given the impact of the pandemic and the sharp rise in demand for digital business tools.

Equally important is our focus on talent development and nurturing a digitally-competent workforce, which we see as a key challenge for many businesses to overcome going forward,” said Selina Yuan, general manager of international business unit, Alibaba Cloud Intelligence. –

Gelo Gonzales

Gelo Gonzales is Rappler’s technology editor. He covers consumer electronics, social media, emerging tech, and video games.