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Singtel hooks up with Alibaba on cloud access

Optus parent company Singtel has sealed a collaboration with Alibaba Cloud which it says allows enterprises around the world to access its cloud applications more quickly and securely.  

The deal sees Singtel Cloud Access service, based on its Internet Protocol Virtual Private Network (IP VPN) with 428 Points-of-Presence (PoP) around the world, allow enterprises to access cloud applications through a secure, private network, rather than Internet-based connections vulnerable to disruptions.

“Riding on Singtel’s extensive IP VPN, enterprises in China and Singapore will find the new connection particularly useful as it eases their operations and business expansion seamlessly,” said Bill Chang, chief executive, Group Enterprise at Singtel.

“Coupled with Singtel’s network of data centres in the region, Singtel can support Chinese enterprises, including software and cloud service companies, with comprehensive ICT and managed services.”

Chang says with reliable and high-speed connectivity, enterprises can perform business-critical functions more cost-efficiently, wherever they are. 

Singtel says it will first roll out the cloud access service in Singapore and Hong Kong, before offering it in the US and Europe.   

“We are happy to partner with Singtel to serve customers’ growing need for faster connectivity and more robust cloud infrastructure both in China and worldwide,” said Ethan Yu, vice-president of Alibaba Group and general manager of Alibaba Cloud Global.

“This is a step further in our ongoing commitment to providing best-in-class global cloud infrastructure for our 2.3 million customers."   

Alibaba Cloud, the leading cloud services provider in China, is the latest addition to Singtel’s partner network which provides secure connections to public cloud providers such as Amazon, Microsoft, IBM SoftLayer and Google across 30 cities globally.

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