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Alibaba Cloud launches MaxCompute big data service in HK

Alibaba Cloud launches MaxCompute big data service in HKAlibaba Cloud has launched a new big data processing service named MaxCompute in Hong Kong to help meet rising demand for scalable computing services.

The new platform will allow enterprise customers to store and process up to a petabyte of structured and unstructured data, with a single MaxCompute cluster scalable up to 10,000 servers.

The platform is capable of CPU and GPU based machine learning and offers built-in security protection as well as disaster recovery capabilities.

Alibaba Cloud has already launched MaxCompute in mainland China and Singapore, and last year the platform set a new record with the lowest computing cost at US$1.44 per TB in the CloudSort category of the 2016 Sort Benchmark competition.

“As industry demand increases and evolves, data processing and analysis remains a major service for cloud providers,” Alibaba Cloud AI scientist Wanli Min said.

“The launch of MaxCompute in Hong Kong, combining with our current products and services, allows us to lift our offering to the next level - to provide our clients with total cloud solutions to meet the rising demand for secure and scalable computing services.'

Alibaba Cloud set up its first data center in Hong Kong in 2014, and has since doubled its data storage and processing capacity with a second facility. The company is now one of the largest public cloud providers in the local market.