Alibaba Group’s cloud computing unit has officially opened its Hong Kong data center, making it the fourth of such facility and a week after it launched its third in Beijing. Aliyun on Monday formally launched the new Hong Kong site, which is jointly built and operated with Hong Kong’s Towngas Telecom. The company said in a blogpost that the local data center will support customers in China as well as in Southeast Asia.
Alibaba Group’s cloud computing unit, called Aliyun (or AliCloud), said today that its first data center in Hong Kong will launch on May 12. This is significant because it marks Aliyun’s first step toward international expansion. The announcement comes less than a week after Alibaba filed for its U.S. public offering, which is expected to be one of the largest tech IPOs ever. It is important to note, however, that Aliyun does not look like it plans to expand into the U.S. Instead, the subsidiary is targeting Chinese businesses operating in the Greater China region and Southeast Asia. As Alibaba explained in its announcement, Chinese companies that want to set up business outside mainland China usually need to add Web servers in local markets to handle additional traffic.