NextDC has added Alibaba Cloud to its list of cloud provider partnerships, promising Australian businesses greater connectivity into China’s biggest public cloud provider.
Alibaba joins AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud, IBM Cloud and Oracle Cloud as NextDC’s latest cloud partner.
“NextDC is well-positioned to support Australian businesses with cloud, connectivity and data centre services as they expand into Asia, China, and the rest of the world,” NextDC head of channel Steve Martin said.
“Our goal is to help remove obstacles to doing business everywhere and to provide a competitive edge for our customers through fast, secure and seamless high-bandwidth connectivity.”
“Our partnership with Alibaba Cloud further expands the accessibility of business critical clouds to Australian organisations.”
Martin told CRN that Alibaba Cloud would benefit the Australian channel for customers with a presence in or expansion plans into China and Asia, as well as its capabilities in IoT and automated or smart cities.
He added that NextDC is also targeting those seeking multi-cloud arrangements, citing interest from both customers and partners wanting to run single workloads across multiple cloud environments.
Alibaba Cloud boasts the world’s largest internet population and is also a dominant force in the Asia-Pacific region. Sydney is also one of its key data centre availability zones in the region, having opened in 2016.
“We are excited to partner with NextDC to engage with local businesses,” Alibaba Cloud ANZ general manager Raymond Ma said.
“Alibaba Cloud has always been dedicated to make it easy to do business anywhere, offering highly competitive and cutting-edge advances in artificial intelligence to help customers create retail, e-commerce, and smart city opportunities in China and the Asia Pacific region.”
“The partnership with NextDC will reinforce our commitment to the market.”