Photo - Kenny Tan, General Manager of Alibaba Cloud Malaysia and Thailand
Our Founder and Executive Chairman Jack Ma recently opened our national office in Malaysia in the presence of Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng and Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo along with Chinese ambassador to Malaysia Bai Tian.
This development was a significant milestone for the Alibaba Group as it's our first ever official office in Southeast Asia and in Malaysia which houses our first electronic world trade platform (eWTP) hub out of China. From our perspective, this development also brought to life two key themes concerning Alibaba Cloud: (1) Investment and (2) Local Empowerment.
The Alibaba Group is passionate and committed to Malaysia's nation-building efforts, and we will continue to contribute whatever we can to further grow Malaysia's Digital Economy.
As international research firm Gartner rightly pointed out, Alibaba Cloud is alongside Amazon Web Services and Microsoft as one of the world's top three cloud services providers. This position of strength puts us in an ideal position to catalyse digital transformation spanning both the Malaysian public and private sectors, with the aim of enriching the lives of the rakyat and local businesses.
Last year, Alibaba Cloud made history for Malaysia by opening the country's first ever international data centre. Located strategically for Southeast Asian coverage, the data centre aims to address the surging demand for scalable and cost-effective cloud computing services among enterprises in the region.
As the first international public cloud platform in Malaysia, the data centre also provides Malaysian enterprises a local choice to build their businesses and run their applications on a powerful, reliable and secure cloud platform. Customers with low latency or data sovereignty requirements will be able to store and process huge amounts of data in Malaysia. By migrating IT infrastructure to the cloud, enterprises can leverage Alibaba Cloud's scalable and cost effective cloud services to scale rapidly, accelerate innovation and expand their geographic reach.
Beyond Malaysia, it also provides flexibility for enterprises from Singapore, Hong Kong and Thailand to subscribe to services according to different disaster recovery and network speed requirements. The link to the data centres in Hong Kong and Singapore via Alibaba Cloud's backbone network enables fast, stable, secure and private or dedicated connections among different cloud environments, providing customers efficient cross-border hybrid cloud solutions.
On top of this, Alibaba Cloud Malaysia has also established various operations team overseeing Cloud Architecture, Technical Support together with Sales and Marketing.
In this light, I am pleased to inform that Alibaba Cloud has launched our second availability zone ("Availability Zone B") in Malaysia to expand our cloud footprint while bolstering cloud capacity, serving increasing customer demand locally and in the region. The new zone complements both Alibaba Cloud's Availability Zones for Malaysia in heightening cloud security and ensuring business continuity through resilient cloud infrastructure.
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