Singapore, June 15, 2016 – Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group (NYSE: BABA), announced today that it has expanded its data center operations in Singapore with the establishment of a second availability zone. Alibaba Cloud has also achieved two new certifications overseas -- Singapore Multi-Tier Cloud Security (MTCS) standard Level 3 and the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS).
In September 2015, Alibaba Cloud established a data center in Singapore to provide enhanced cloud and big data services across Southeast Asia. The establishment of a second availability zone provides higher capacity to meet enterprise users' demands for high availability and disaster recovery.
"The expansion of our Singapore data center enables us to meet the rapidly growing demand for cloud computing resources in Southeast Asia. This expansion also demonstrates our ongoing commitment to providing one-stop global cloud and big data services to both Chinese and international enterprises. We will continue to grow our coverage worldwide," said Mr. Sicheng YU, Vice President of Alibaba Group and General Manager of Alibaba Cloud International.
Alibaba Cloud has established overseas data centers in the United States, Hong Kong and Singapore, and plans to establish new data centers in other regions including Japan, Europe, the Middle East and Australia.
The Multi-Tier Cloud Security (MTCS) Singapore standard was developed under the direction of the Information Technology Standards Committee (ITSC) for cloud service providers in Singapore. The MTCS standard has three different levels of security standards, and Alibaba Cloud has achieved the highest security (Level 3) certification.
The achievement of MTCS Level 3 certification is on top of the Information Security Management System Certification ISO27001 and Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) Star certification which Alibaba Cloud received previously. It facilitates Alibaba Cloud's international expansion amid enterprises' demand for higher security services from cloud service providers as cloud adoption continues to grow.
In addition, Alibaba Cloud has also achieved the PCI-DSS compliance certification for its public cloud services in Singapore and the United States. PCI-DSS is a payment card security qualification, which is highly valued by payment card businesses and related companies. Compliance certification involves the evaluation of payment card data security in areas like credit card numbers, CVV2 numbers, as well as account / password transmission and storage security.
About Alibaba Cloud
Established in September 2009, Alibaba Cloud (intl.aliyun.com), Alibaba Group's cloud computing arm, develops highly scalable platforms for cloud computing and data management. It provides a comprehensive suite of cloud computing services to support participants of Alibaba Group's online and mobile commerce ecosystem, including sellers and other third-party customers and businesses. Alibaba Cloud is a business within Alibaba Group.