Alibaba's cloud division has opened a second data center in Silicon Valley while Amazon has announced a slew of new features for its cloud service, as tech giants jostle for the top spot in a rapidly growing market.
Aliyun – the Chinese e-commerce titan's cloud business – said it is to open its second U.S. data center is a bid to address the "increasing demand for affordable and secure, mission-critical cloud computing". The Silicon Valley data center is Alibaba's ninth globally as it aggressively pushes its cloud business.
By having an increasing number of data centers spread worldwide, Alibaba is hoping fast-growing start-ups, especially those in Silicon Valley, will begin to use its services as they look to tap the Chinese market.
"Our data centers are typically located in key innovation and commerce hubs around the world," Ethan Yu, vice president of Aliyun, said in a press release Friday.
"Our second U.S. data center is situated in Silicon Valley which is the epicenter for technology innovation worldwide."