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Second Data Centre Launched In India By Alibaba Cloud

To further strengthen this network, Alibaba Cloud said it would train 1,000 sales and technology personnel in India by March 2019.

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Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Chinese e-tailer giant Alibaba, on Friday announced the launch of its second data centre in India.

The new “availability zone”, located in Mumbai, will offer product lines such as Elastic Computing, Storage, Database, Network, Application Services and Big Data Analytics to support the requirements of local governments and enterprises in the Alibaba Cloud India region, the company said in a statement.

“The commencement of the second availability zone reiterates our focus on India as a key market in Alibaba Cloud’s global expansion strategy,” said Alex Li, General Manager, Alibaba Cloud India.

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FILE – Visitors walk past a giant display at the Alibaba Group headquarters in Hangzhou, in eastern China’s Zhejiang province, May 27, 2016. VOA

In January this year, Alibaba Cloud set up its first India data centre in Mumbai to meet the surge in demand for Cloud computing services among the growing number of Indian small and medium-sized businesses.

Dual availability zones will further enhance the level of security of Alibaba Cloud’s data centres in India, the company said.

The new availability zone is part of Alibaba Cloud’s strategy to expand its global footprint in order to serve a growing client base while also targeting new local customers.

“India presents a unique growth opportunity with digital transformation set to add close to $154 billion to India’s GDP,” Li said.

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Ma is revered by many Chinese, some of whom have put his portrait in their homes to worship in the same way that they worship the God of Wealth. Flickr

Alibaba Cloud also launched this year distribution channel programme in India with HCL Infosystems Ltd and Ingram Micro as value-added distributors.

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The distribution channel programme encourages partners to bring in-depth technical knowledge and build an open ecosystem among sales, technology and service partners.

To further strengthen this network, Alibaba Cloud said it would train 1,000 sales and technology personnel in India by March 2019. (IANS)

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Medical Supplies on a fly

Medical supplies have been flying out to different states during this state of a worldwide emergency

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Medical supplies fly all over India. Pixabay

The Centre on Friday said that under the Lifeline Udan initiative, over 180 flights have transported around 258.24 tonnes of medical supplies across the country till April 9.

The Union Ministry of Civil Aviation said that these flights are being operated to transport essential medical cargo to remote parts of the country to support India’s war against COVID-19. Accordingly, these flights are being operated by Air India, Alliance Air, Indian Air Force, and other private carriers.

“Over 180 flights have been operated under Lifeline UDAN during COVID-19 lockdown out of which 114 flights were operated by Air India and Alliance Air. 58 Flights were operated by IAF,” the ministry said in a statement.

“Pawan Hans Ltd operated 5 cargo flights up to 8th April 2020 carrying 1.07 tons of critical medical supplies to Guwahati, Agartala, Kishwar, Navapachi, Srinagar, Jammu, Nagpur, Aurangabad, covering a distance of 3,561 kilometers.”

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Medical supplies to reach by air due to nationwide lockdown. Pixabay

State-run Air India has collaborated closely with the IAF primarily for J&K, Ladakh, North-East and other island regions. “The cargo essentially covered COVID-19 related reagents, enzymes, medical equipment, testing kits, and PPE, masks, gloves and other accessories of HLL and cargo requisitioned by State or UT Governments and also postal packets,” the statement said.

Besides Air India, Blue Dart, SpiceJet, and IndiGo are also operating cargo flights on a commercial basis. The Lifeline Udan flights connect hubs in locations such as Guwahati, Dibrugarh, Agartala, Aizwal, Dimapur, Imphal, Coimbatore, Thiruvanthapuram, Bhubaneswar, Raipur, Ranchi, Port Blair, and Goa.

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A special focus has been given to the northeast region, island territories and the hill states. As part of India’s war against COVID-19, the Civil Aviation Ministry had launched Lifeline Udan flights on March 26 for movement of medical and essential supplies across the country and beyond. At present, no foreign or domestic passenger flight operations are allowed in the country. (IANS)