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Alibaba extends grip in emerging Asia with local data centers

Chinese internet conglomerate aims to outpace Amazon in cloud business

Rudiantara, Indonesia’s Minister of Communication and Information Technology (fourth from left), poses with Alibaba Cloud executives and others at a ceremony in Jakarta on March 15. (photo by Wataru Suzuki)

JAKARTA -- Alibaba Group Holding is expanding its cloud computing business in Asia's emerging economies by building local data centers, aiming to outpace U.S. rivals like Amazon in the race to capture the region's fast-growing technology market.

Alibaba Cloud on Thursday announced that its first data center in Jakarta has commenced operations, mainly targeting local startups. The company said it can offer faster and more customized cloud services that meet local demands better than those offered by larger competitors such as Amazon, Microsoft and Google.

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