Arguably China’s largest Internet provider, Tencent has opened another four cloud data centres - two in the US, one in India and one in Hong Kong. And planning to compete with the likes of Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure and Alibaba Cloud, the company has targeted key data centre metro markets such as Silicon Valley, Virginia, Mumbai and Hong Kong, bringing its overall facilities count to 42.
The company already offers cloud services hosted in the US, having made its entrance in Silicon Valley last year. A new facility in Virginia places the company at the heart of the world’s most dense data centre and interconnection market. As for the new site in Hong Kong, where Tencent brought its first data centre online last year, the company says it will exclusively serve the financial sector.
The facility in Mumbai is Tencent’s first in India, where there is plenty of room for growth, as the country’s economy becomes increasingly reliant on digital services. Chinese rival Alibaba Cloud launched its first local data centre in Mumbai in January.
The next step for Tencent is apparently to roll out new facilities in Thailand, Russia and Japan. Earlier this year, the company opened a centre in Chongqing, southwest China, to serve local manufacturing operations, as well as to enable the use of its WeChat social media application for administrative purposes, such as passport and marriage registrations, birth registrations and more.