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Alibaba Cloud opens new data centre in India to empower SMEs

Alibaba Cloud would have a local team of consultants to provide service planning, implementation and after-sales support, helping Indian companies move to the cloud.

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Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of the China-based Alibaba Group, on Wednesday announced to open a new data centre in India that will help nearly 51 million Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to begin their Cloud journey.

The Alibaba data centre, set to open in Mumbai in January, will begin a new competition for the existing players like Microsoft and Google in the country.

Microsoft sees Alibaba as the third competitor in the Cloud business in India, apart from Google and Amazon Web Services (AWS).

“We are excited to be officially opening our new Mumbai data centre in early 2018, enabling us to work closely with more Indian enterprises,” Simon Hu, Senior Vice President of Alibaba Group and President of Alibaba Cloud, said in a statement.

“These local enterprises are innovative and operating in growth sectors, and we look forward to empowering them through our Cloud computing and data technologies,” Hu added.

As a key market in the company’s cloud’s globalisation strategy, India offers a business opportunity for rapid economic growth and scope for enterprises to expand beyond the country.

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“Our vision to empower enterprises to go global is extended to our Indian clients with cloud products, including computing, storage and big data processing capabilities,” the company said.

The data centre will also enable Indian businesses to run their applications on the company’s Cloud platform.

The data centre’s service offerings include computing, database, storage and content delivery, networking, analytics and big data.

Alibaba Cloud has tied up with Global Cloud Xchange (GCX), a subsidiary of Reliance Communications, that enables direct access to Alibaba Cloud Express Connect through GCX’s “Cloud X Fusion” service.

The company had earlier also announced a partnership with Tata Communications to provide direct access to Alibaba Cloud Express Connect through Tata Communications’ IZOTM Private Connect Service.

Alibaba Cloud has 33 zones in 16 economic centres worldwide, with coverage extending across China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, Australia, West Asia, Europe, India and the US.

“As we build the cloud network globally, India is another important piece that is firmly in place.

“This continues our commitment to India, helping it to develop trade opportunities with other markets in the region and beyond,” added Hu.

Alibaba Cloud would have a local team of consultants to provide service planning, implementation and after-sales support, helping Indian companies move to the cloud.

“This will extend what Alibaba Cloud is already doing to service thousands of customers from India globally,” the company said.

Set up in 2009, Alibaba Cloud is among the largest providers of public cloud services in China and one of the largest Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) providers in the world. IANS

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Badshah: Indians Don’t Take Rapping Seriously

Sunidhi and Badshah will be judging the second season of the reality show "Dil Hai Hindustani"

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Rapper and music composer Badshah, who is excited about his new reality show “Dil Hai Hindustani 2”, says that rapping is not taken seriously in India as an art form.

Badshah was interacting with the media at the launch of Star Plus channel’s forthcoming reality show along with singer Sunidhi Chauhan on Monday.

Badshah, who has delivered some chart-busting rap songs like “Chull”, “Saturday Saturday” and most recent “Tareefan” is eager to spread awareness about rap as an art form.

Talking about it, he said: “Rapping along with dance and stand-up comedy is not taken seriously as an art form in India and this misconception should change.”

“That is one of the main reasons why I have chosen to be a judge on the show. But apart from that, I’m here to have fun as well, and have a better connection with the audience,” he added.

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The rapper is also gearing up to produce Bollywood and Punjabi movies and also launching a web series soon through his production house.

Talking about the future of the digital platform, Badshah said: “I think it (digital media) is the future, so it’s very important for any production house right now to concentrate on digital media.”

Sunidhi and Badshah will be judging the second season of the reality show “Dil Hai Hindustani”, along with Bollywood singer and composer Pritam.

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The show, which first aired in January 2017, provides a platform for people from all over the world and of varying age groups to showcase their talent in Indian music. (IANS)