Alibaba Group’s cloud computing arm, Alibaba Cloud has launched their second availability zone (Availability Zone B) in Malaysia.
This is in light of its expansion plan to increase its cloud footprint and bolster its cloud capacity to serve the increasing customer’s demands locally and in the region.
Additionally, the new zone complements Availability Zone A which was launched last year in heightening cloud security and ensuring business continuity through resilient cloud infrastructure.
Alibaba will also continue to invest in the country by setting up the first cloud based Anti-DDos Scrubbing Centre in August.
The centre is tasked to mitigate risks and offer customers the highest level of protection against stronger Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks.
At the same time, the new centre will feature a variety of security functions including Anti-DDoS Pro, a service that defends against all types of DDoS attacks.
Alibaba Cloud Malaysia general manager Kenny Tan said Availability Zone B would offer payment hardware security modules, elastic computing, database, networking and monitoring services.
“It is also certified for SAP hosting, the German-based global market leader in the enterprise application software,” he said.
He added that Alibaba Cloud is committed to bring elastic, scalable and secure cloud products and services to Malaysian customers.
“The launch of our Availability Zone B and Anti-DDoS Scrubbing Centre will enable us to offer even greater security and choice for our customers.
“At the same time, the launch will facilitate knowledge sharing with local enterprises and talents on how to use Alibaba Cloud technology to achieve a highly secure and resilient cloud infrastructure,” Tan said.
In addition, these new developments in Malaysia come on the back of a number of initiatives by Alibaba Cloud where earlier this year, the company has collaborated with Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) in Malaysia City Brain initiative to create a smart city powered by artificial intelligence and big data.
Meanwhile, Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo said Alibaba Cloud’s effort is welcome as it will help further support and enhance the country’s digital economy.
“The world moves ever closer towards e-commerce and we see a considerable surge in demand by local industries to participate in this new economy on a global platform.
“Malaysia is now pushing ahead with efforts to strengthen its infrastructure with a view towards making access to the Internet a basic human right and categorising facilities which enhance access to broadband as a public utility,” he said.
He added the country’s trade success on the global platform is contributed by the assistance of companies like Alibaba Cloud.
“The advanced technology offered by Alibaba Cloud opens new opportunities, which I believe will quite substantially benefit Malaysia in its efforts to raise competition and efficiency in this new industry,” Gobind said.