China-based Alibaba has reportedly opened 2 data centers in London, UK. The development is in line with the company’s plans to expand its cloud operations in Europe. This is the first time the company has launched a data center in Britain. Once opened, the data centers will provide customers with 24X7 security and technical support in real-time.

An Alibaba spokesperson further explained that the expansion is a part of the company’s global expansion primarily into the EMEA region (Europe, the Middle East, and Africa). The spokesperson added that the two newly launched data centers are in addition to the companies already established data centers in Dubai and Frankfurt. The company decided to open the data center in this region, as it felt a strong demand coming from the UK region, the spokesperson said.

Commenting upon the location of the newly launched data centers, the company said that the same location will enable the data centers to manage vital IT ecosystems in the event of crisis or disaster. The launch overlaps with the UK’s separation from the European Union. The Brexit deal is likely in a state of uncertainty about issues related to a hard Irish border.

Alibaba Cloud has a huge presence in the UK which is believed to be the fastest emerging European market for cloud services, especially in the retail, finance, education, logistics, and media and education verticals.

Alibaba Data Center UK

The spokesperson further added that the company has collaborated with domestic as well as international companies to ensure that its services are best in class. The company has partnered with a software company SDL and a media company Ascential and more in Britain. Through the London data centers, the company intends to offer its customers with services including elastic computing, database, big data analytics, application services, and storage.

The company, however, did not reveal the investment in the newly launched data center nor did it detail out the number of job opportunities that it may create with the London data centers. Its spokesperson, nevertheless said that the company is rapidly expanding through Europe and looking forward to hire good talent to its team.

The newly launched data centers have brought the company’s total cloud unit to 52 which is spread across 19 regions. Its 52 data centers are well equipped to offer power, networking, and cooling on their own. The company is now further planning to launch more of similar data centers.

Alibaba seems to be following the footsteps of the world largest tech companies like Amazon and Microsoft. Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure are some of the greatest players in the cloud market. Therefore, Alibaba will have to strategies it plans to be able to win the competition with the world tech leaders. Amid Alibaba’s efforts to expand, Google is expanding its reach in the Asia-Pacific region. The tech company is mulling to have at least 7 cloud regions by next year.