Alibaba Cloud has commenced operations for its first data center in Indonesia. The data center will offer a comprehensive suite of cloud products and services ranging from elastic computing, database service, networking, security, and middleware to analytics and big data. This full range of Alibaba Cloud’s solutions will satisfy the surging needs of local enterprises across a range of industries including e-commerce, media, Fintech, gaming, logistics, transportation, and manufacturing. In particular, the big data service MaxCompute, a big data platform that allows users to store and process massive amounts of structural data to levels as high as terabyte or even petabyte, will bring sophisticated data intelligence services such as data processing, analytics, and machine learning to Indonesian businesses. The launch of the data center is part of Alibaba Cloud’s ongoing commitment to support the Indonesian government’s initiative to create 1000 startups by 2020.
For SMEs and startups, access to scalable and affordable cloud services are essential to accelerate their growth. By migrating IT infrastructure to Alibaba Cloud, these growing firms can leverage the available powerful cloud services to scale rapidly, accelerate innovation, and reduce cost. They can expand their geographic reach through Alibaba Cloud’s established global network to support international operations and better compete in global trade. In order to incubate a local internet-related ecosystem, Alibaba Cloud also announced that it will bring the Alibaba Cloud Certified Professional (ACP) program to Indonesia. Within a year, the program aims to train 300 and certify 100 cloud-savvy professionals in Indonesia, providing both entrepreneurs and local talent with knowledge regarding the best-in-class technology in cloud computing, big data, and security.
Alibaba Cloud already has a proven track record of helping Indonesian internet companies to innovate their business on cloud, including Tokopedia, GTech Digital Asia, Dwidaya Tour, and Yogrt. Tokopedia, one of the largest online marketplaces in Indonesia, currently runs over 20 core applications and various kinds of managed services on Alibaba Cloud. The company is also leveraging Alibaba Cloud’s AI solutions to gain insights from its huge data sets and to improve its customer experience. Another successful example is GTech Digital Asia. The company is using Alibaba Cloud’s solutions ranging from elastic computing services to relational database to support its omni-channel e-commerce platform. The newly launched data center will further help GTech Digital Asia to meet the data residency requirement.