Aliyun, Alibaba’s Cloud Computing Unit, Takes Its First Steps Into The Middle East

TechCrunch

Aliyun, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba, announced today that it has signed a joint-venture agreement with Dubai-based holding company Meraas to bring it services to companies and government organizations in the Middle East and North Africa.

The deal marks Aliyun’s first move into the MENA region, according to an Alibaba representative. The joint venture will be based in Dubai and create new applications, cloud computing architecture, and big data tools for local clients.

In a statement, Meraas chairman Abdulla Al Habbai said that the services will contribute to “transport, communications, infrastructure, electricity, economic services, and urban planning” as Dubai attempts to transform itself into a “smart city,” with 1,000 government services connected to an online platform over the next two years.

In addition to the joint venture, Meraas also plans to build a technology hub that will include a data center, as well as residential and commercial…

View original post 184 more words

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s