A number of officials from the private and government sectors attended the launch ceremony. This ceremony took place in Riyadh on Sunday
Riyadh — The Saudi Cloud Computing Company (SCCC) has announced the launch of its services in Saudi Arabia. The decision is in the culmination of choosing Riyadh as a regional hub for Alibaba Cloud operations.
The statement was made at a ceremony held in Riyadh on Sunday. The ceremony was in the presence of a number of officials of the government and private sectors.
The SCCC is a new joint venture formed by Alibaba Cloud, Saudi Telecom Company (STC) Group, and eWTP Arabia Capital.
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The Saudi Company for Artificial Intelligence (SCAI) and the Saudi Information Technology Company (SITE) are also involved. This venture is to keep pace with the growing demand for cloud services in the Kingdom.
The launch took place in the sight of a joint management team from STC Group, eWTP Arabia Capital, and Alibaba Cloud.
The company unveiled the opening of two data centers in Riyadh. The first among 16 centers to be opened across the administrative regions of Saudi Arabia.
With data stored within Saudi Arabia, the two data centers will offer customers in the Kingdom a local option.
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The option will allow them to utilize cloud capabilities with high availability, elasticity, security, and sustainability.
The new data centers provide a wide range of proven and secure public cloud computing solutions. These solutions include elastic computing, storage, and network to databases.
This allows catering to the surging business demand from industries such as retail, fintech, internet, and so on along their digitalization journey.
Previously, Alibaba Cloud company has announced that it has allocated up to $500 million for its investments in Saudi Arabia over the next five years.
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Citing that the assets will include the provision of high-level inclusive resources to help build sustainability and ensure localization.
Its Riyadh center was opened to provide better services for local and regional clients in Saudi Arabia, the Middle East, and North Africa. These regions will serve as a regional hub for management and training.
Faisal Al-Khamisi, Chairman of the Saudi Cloud Computing Company, has stressed that the launch of SCCC is a unique achievement.
It is an essential step in supporting the digital transformation process the Kingdom is witnessing. This is in line with its severe and relentless objective to become a data center that connects the continents of the world.
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Al-Khamisi made a statement. He said,
“Today, under the guidance and follow-up of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, leader of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030, the launch of SCCC’s services, a few days after the company’s establishment, has become clear evidence that we are working within the vision of a leader who works to facilitate all difficulties. To ease legislation and laws in the Kingdom, support attracting investments, and enhance the Kingdom’s digital position in the world.”
He also mentioned that the partners in this project are working to increase the scope of services. They plan to include every public sector and private entity.
Selina Yuan, Alibaba Group VP & Alibaba Cloud Intelligence International President, made a statement for her part. She said,
“Saudi Arabia is a significant and strategic marketplace for Alibaba Cloud. This launch of the new joint venture is a significant milestone toward our commitment to forging collaborations with local partners.
This is to boost the digital transformation in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. By collaborating closely with STC Group and other local partners.
We are pleased and confident that Alibaba Cloud will support more local enterprises benefiting from the leading cloud computing technologies”. — SPA