Alibaba will be building its first data center in the Philippines.
The Alibaba Cloud data center in PH will be the company’s fourth in Southeast Asia. It follows the one already up in Singapore, as well as in Indonesia and Malaysia.
Alibaba Group subsidiary Alibaba Cloud made the announcement last June 8, Monday. The company said that it plans to start building its first data center in the Philippines by the end of 2021.
For those unfamiliar, Alibaba Cloud offers cloud-based computing, security, machine learning, database, and data analytics.
Placing a dedicated center in the Philippines will improve the working efficiency of its users within the region.
In a statement, Alibaba Cloud Intelligence general manager for Macau, Hong Kong, and the Philippines said that the local data center would improve its support for Philippine enterprises to adopt cloud technologies. The Alibaba Cloud services have been available in the Philippines since 2019.
The executive also said that cloud computing has become an important part of the digitalization of businesses in the Philippines and Asia.
Alibaba plans to build the data center in the PH’s capital, Manila, which will provide 76 availability zones across 25 regions around the globe.
The announcement was made after Alibaba said last year it would create the Philippines Ecosystem Alliance that aims to train 50,000 Filipino IT professionals and assist 5,000 businesses to go online by 2023.
This is all part of Alibaba Cloud’s Project AsiaForward that aims to invest USD1 billion (around Php47.7 billion) in the Asia Pacific.