Alibaba Cloud launches 2nd availability zone in Malaysia

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Alibaba Cloud has launched its second availability zone, “Availability Zone B” in Malaysia to expand its cloud footprint to serve the increasing demand locally and regionally.

According to the company, the second zone will complement its earlier zone, “Availability Zone A” which was launched last year, in bids to heighten cloud security and ensure business continuity through resilient cloud infrastructure.

The newly launched zone will also offer payment hardware security modules, elastic computing, database, networking and monitoring services.

“It is also certified for SAP SE hosting, the German-based global market leader in enterprise application software,” the group said in a statement last Friday.

The group further said it will continue to invest in Malaysia by setting up the first cloud-based AntiDDoS Scrubbing Centre next month.

The new centre will be able to mitigate risks and offer customers the highest level of protection against stronger distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks.

It will also feature a variety of security functions including Anti-DDoS Pro, a service that defends against all types of DDoS attacks.

Alibaba Cloud Malaysia GM Kenny Tan said the group is committed to providing elastic, scalable and secure cloud products and services to local 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.

Meanwhile, Minister of Communications and Multimedia Gobind Singh Deo applauded Alibaba Cloud’s effort to support and enhance Malaysia’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,” Gobind said in the same statement.

“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 added.

He noted that the success of the country’s trade on a global platform depends on an efficient Internet environment.

“The advanced technology afforded 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.

Alibaba Cloud already has various initiatives in the country, including a collaboration with Malaysia Digital Economy Corp in the Malaysia City Brain Initiative to create a smart city powered by artificial intelligence and big data earlier this year.