Alibaba investment to boost digital talents in Malaysia

Just seven months ago, Alibaba Cloud, the cloud backbone of Alibaba Group, were appointed as a cloud service provider (CSP) for the Malaysian government to help cloud adoption and migration as well as fulfill cloud-first strategy, especially among the government and public sectors in the country. After all, having been in Malaysia for the last seven years, since 2017, Alibaba Cloud is not foreign to the local digital transformation effort.

Now, to accelerate Malaysia's digital transformation progress in a post-pandemic era, the cloud giant pledged to increase resources into programs related to cloud-based technologies and talent development support to enterprises, as part of its long-term commitment to contribute to local businesses and society where it operates.

At the company's Internet Day 2022, Malaysia's Alibaba Cloud Intelligence's general manager Kun Huang announced a new program called the Alibaba Cloud Digital Empowerment Program. “Alibaba Cloud will continue to invest in the market to provide the best-in-class cloud computing infrastructure and services and proven industry know-how for our local customers and partners in various sectors to enhance their business throughout their digital transformation journey.”

With that, he said they “will increase resources into programs including cloud credit empowerment, training workshops and dedicated tech service to support enterprise's cloud journey and boost the digitalization potential amid the post pandemic era.”

Kun also highlighted how Malaysia is a strategic market for Alibaba Cloud, and to continue fulfilling its mission of “Alibaba Cloud, In Malaysia For Malaysia”, they have established two local datacenters and one anti-DDos scrubbing center till date.

“[We even have] a dedicated team to fully support our customer in cloud consultancy, solution deployment, operation, and maintenance,” he added. In Malaysia, Alibaba Cloud also provides a wide variety of solutions to customers in various industries like internet, finance, retail and others, at different stages, from new startups, to SMEs and large enterprises.

“Covid19 has profoundly altered the way we live and work, and the way we consume. To grow and thrive in a post-Covid  world, it is vital for the local businesses in Malaysia to adopt swift digital transformation into a pandemic-proof business model via technology.” Kun added.

When it comes to Asia-Pacific, Alibaba Cloud's rise has been tremendous where it is now rated by Gartner as Asia Pacific's leading IaaS provider by revenue in 2021, and the world's third. Not much of a surprise, as it is also the top provider of public cloud services in China, according to IDC, with one estimate putting its market share at close to 40%.

To top it off, Just last year, Alibaba announced a US$1 billion to develop its cloud services in Southeast Asia. As of today, Alibaba Cloud have 84 availability zones in 27 regions all over the world.

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