Alibaba Cloud’s technology 'quite substantially' beneficial to Malaysia, says Gobind

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KUALA LUMPUR (July 27): Minister of Communications and Multimedia, Gobind Singh Deo, said the technology that Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group, rendered in Malaysia opens new opportunities and will ‘quite substantially’ benefit the nation in its efforts to raise competition and efficiency in this new industry.

In a statement today, Gobind said he welcomed Alibaba Cloud’s effort to further 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. The success of our trade on a global platform with assistance of companies like Alibaba Cloud, depends on an efficient Internet environment,” he said.

“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.

Gobind’s statement came after Alibaba Cloud announced the launch of their second availability zone (Availability Zone B) in Malaysia to expand its cloud footprint and bolster its cloud capacity, serving increasing customer demand locally and in the region.

Alibaba Cloud said the new zone complements Availability Zone A which was launched last year amid heightening cloud security and ensuring business continuity through resilient cloud infrastructure.

“Alibaba Cloud will also continue to invest in Malaysia by setting up the first cloud-based Anti-DDoS (distributed denial-of-service) Scrubbing Center in August,” the company said.

The centre will mitigate risks and offer customers protection against stronger DDoS attacks, it added.

The new centre will feature a variety of security functions, including Anti-DDoS Pro, a service that defends against all types of DDoS attacks, the company added.

In addition to ensuring high availability and resiliency, Alibaba Cloud said Availability Zone B offers payment hardware security modules (HSM), elastic computing, database, networking and monitoring services.

Alibaba Cloud also said the new availability zone is certified for SAP hosting, the German-based global market leader in enterprise application software.

The company’s Malaysia general manager Kenny Tan said Alibaba Cloud is committed to bringing elastic, scalable and secure cloud products and services to its Malaysian customers.

The launch of its Availability Zone B and Anti-DDoS Scrubbing Center will enable Alibaba Cloud to offer even greater security and choice for their customers, Tan added.

“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,” he said.