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Alibaba Cloud expanded its services in Europe

The cloud-computing arm of Chinese technology giant Alibaba Group opens data centers in the UK

Alibaba Cloud expanded its services in Europe. Source: shutterstock.com

Alibaba Cloud has expanded its data-center services to the United Kingdom, launching two of them in the country today. As the company said in a blog post, the new data centers are the result of growing demand for its services in Europe.

The UK data centers join those already in operation in Frankfurt, Germany, and Dubai in the EMEA region. Similar to those locations, the UK data centers will offer 24/7 on-site support including both security and engineering, elastic computing, storage and database capabilities, network and application services and analytics, among other services.

Alibaba Cloud breaks its global coverage into regions, with availability zones spread out within them. Each availability zone has one or more data centers. In this case, the U.K., which sits in Europe, Middle East and Africa region, has two new availability zones and one data center in each zone.

With its latest facilities in the UK, Alibaba Cloud now operates 52 availability zones in 19 regions around the world, including also the U.S., Australia, Singapore, Japan, Hong Kong, Indonesia, and India. Established 2009, Alibaba Cloud is the world’s third-ranked infrastructure-as-a-service provider, behind only Amazon and Microsoft, according to research firm Gartner.

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