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Alibaba Cloud expanding and setting new benchmarks – becomes first Asian cloud provider with C5 attestation, announces new data center in Dubai

Alibaba Cloud – the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group, recently announced successful completion of Cloud Computing Compliance Controls Catalogue (C5), which is set out by Federal Office for Information Security in Germany also known as BSI (Bundesamt für Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik).

Reportedly, Alibaba Cloud has now become the first Asian cloud provider to get recognized with this attestation along with the additional requirements.

Alibaba Cloud is fully committed to the highest standards in all aspects of our operations no matter where that might be in the world. We are proud to be the first company to meet the C5 additional requirements – something that should increase the trust placed in us by our growing client base not only in Germany, but also across the whole of Europe,” said Simon Hu, Senior Vice President of Alibaba Group and President of Alibaba Cloud.

The attestation covers Alibaba Cloud Services like Relational Database Service (RDS), Elastic Compute Service (ECS), Object Storage Service (OSS), Server Load Balancer (SLB), Content Delivery Network (CDN), Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) and the Alibaba Cloud Security services available in Germany and Singapore regions of Alibaba Cloud.

C5 attestation is related to the professional cloud service providers, their customers and auditors, under which a cloud provider has to either comply with or at least reach minimum standards of 17 different control requirements. It is an important certification across the German and European markets. Now, the customers residing in German states can utilize work performed under the BSI audit to meet the local requirements and securely operate workloads with Alibaba Cloud services.

Alibaba Cloud’s commitment to meet the highest standards of compliance in the cloud controls and security has been further strengthened with this certification. Till now, only five cloud providers have obtained this C5 attestation. Alibaba Cloud is even associated with the Trusted Cloud organization program as a member, which is run by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.

With this, Alibaba Cloud customers can rest assured of the highest global standards in terms of business continuity, security, data protection and interoperability. The company in another event at Dubai, at the celebration of one year completion of its first datacenter in the country, announced that it is planning to launch another data center, which will be built in Dubai in 2018.

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Tata Communications and Alibaba Cloud join hands to provide enterprises with fast, secure network

Tata Communications announced a strategic partnership with Alibaba Cloud to help customers from over 150 countries to connect to Alibaba Cloud’s ExpressConnect through their IZO Private Cloud service.

Tata communications’ IZO Private Connect will provide enterprises easy connectivity with Alibaba Cloud’s ExpressConnect, which is a dedicated medium of connecting customers with their Virtual Private Clouds.

The announcement, which was made at the Cloud Computing Conference of Alibaba Cloud held at Shanghai, China, will provide organizations with better cloud connectivity and scalability.

Yeming Wang, Deputy GM of Alibaba Cloud Global said, “We look forward to working closely with Tata Communications in a bid to provide an exciting proposition with great connectivity for global enterprises wanting to enter China and for Chinese enterprises looking to go global with ease and convenience.”

The computing unit of Alibaba Group – Alibaba Cloud, provides various database management, storage, networking and security services with global deployment flexibility.

The President of Global Network, Cloud and DC services at Tata Communications – Genius Wong, believes that the partnership will help both the companies transform digitally and extend digitization to their customers and empower them to increase their business reach, improve productivity and protect their business against any threats.

Following the announcement on Saturday, the shares of Tata communications came down 3 percent in today’s trade and hit a low of INR 743.05.

For more info, refer the announcement here.