China's Alibaba Group's cloud computing arm Alibaba Cloud has announced that it will open two new data centres in Mumbai and Jakarta by March 31 next year.

"I believe Alibaba Cloud, as the only global cloud services provider originating from Asia, is uniquely positioned with cultural and contextual advantages to provide innovative data intelligence and computing capabilities to customers in this region," Simon Hu, Senior Vice President of Alibaba Group and President of Alibaba Cloud, told the gathering at the 'Computing Conference' in Shanghai.

Alibaba has recently announced data centre in Malaysia, and now two more -- in Mumbai and Jakarta, will increase company's computing resources in Asia, allowing greater support for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) throughout the region with powerful, scalable, cost-effective and secure cloud capabilities.

With the three new data centres planned, Alibaba Cloud will increase its total number of data centre locations to 17, covering mainland China, Australia, Germany, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates and the US.

Notaby, Amazon’s cloud services division called the Amazon Web Services (AWS) had already launched two data centers in Mumbai, last year. While, Microsoft has three data centers in Pune, Chennai and Mumbai India to support its Azure cloud and Office 365 SaaS product. IBM on other hand has two SoftLayer data center in India -- Chennai and Mumbai.

Currently valued at $2.2 billion, India's data centre infrastructure market is expected to touch $4.5 billion by 2018, said a report by Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI). India is poised to be the second-largest market for data centres in Asia-Pacific by 2020 and the investments are expected to reach $7 billion.

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