On the afternoon of November 13, Chengdu High-tech Zone, Chengdu Eastern New District and Alibaba (China) Co., Ltd. signed an investment cooperation agreement, and Alibaba Cloud Western Cloud Computing Center and Data Service Base officially settled in Chengdu. This shows that the cooperation between Alibaba and Chengdu continues to deepen. The two parties will jointly promote the new digital infrastructure, jointly build a new highland for the digital economy in the western region, and help the construction of the Chengdu-Chongqing dual-city economic circle.

Alibaba Cloud, a subsidiary of Alibaba, is the world’s leading cloud computing service provider, providing global enterprises with top-level technical services such as cloud computing, artificial intelligence, and the Internet of Things. In the global cloud computing emerging market, Alibaba Cloud ranks third in the world, first in the Asia-Pacific, and first in China. The Alibaba Cloud Western Cloud Computing Center and Data Service Base, which are signed and settled this time, are located in Chengdu Future Science and Technology City and Jianzhou New City in the Eastern New District, respectively. The scheme is planned to start in the first half of 2021.

 

The contracted project will build a computing power center, data research and development center, data service base, etc. in accordance with the principles of “low carbon, green, safe, and efficient”. As an important support for Alibaba Cloud’s western business, the project will comprehensively adopt various advanced technologies, such as server customization, artificial intelligence chips, heterogeneous computing, large-scale network clusters, etc., to improve the overall project technical level and computing power output.

This project is one of Alibaba’s important measures to implement major core technology research and development and future-oriented data center construction. It is also a new infrastructure project that has been introduced in Chengdu, Sichuan Province and the first major industrial project to settle in the eastern new district of Chengdu. The project is located in Chengdu Future Science and Technology City and Jianzhou New City in the eastern new area, which will cover the data business in Chengdu and Chongqing, gather a group of data service upstream and downstream ecological enterprises, and build a new generation of high-performance green data centers that are leading in China and the world. The project will boost the output value of nearly 100 billion in the digital economy-related industries in Southwest China.

At the signing ceremony, Zhou Ming, vice president of Alibaba Group and general manager of Alibaba Cloud Intelligent Infrastructure Business Group, said that the construction of the Chengdu-Chongqing area dual-city economic circle is an important measure to promote the construction of a new development pattern, highlighting the strategic position of regional development of Chengdu in the country. At present, the new economy represented by the digital economy is accelerating in Chengdu, and the digitalization process of all walks of life is accelerating. This has opened up a vast space for us to participate in the construction of Chengdu’s smart city. After a comprehensive inspection, the project was finally located in Chengdu. It is hoped that the two parties will work together to build a more attractive digital Chengdu city, enhance the city’s energy level and core competitiveness, and boost the development of the Chengdu-Chongqing dual-city economic circle.

According to reports, after the project is launched, Chengdu will also cooperate with Alibaba in multiple areas such as urban brain, digital government, smart transportation, smart healthcare, and smart community construction, explore the improvement of the level of refined urban governance and the level of public services and promote the transformation and upgrading of social governance.

Pan Xinchun, general manager of the strategic development department of Alibaba Group, said that Alibaba will use Alibaba Cloud Western Cloud Computing Center and data service base as the basis, relying on cloud computing, artificial intelligence and other technologies to further deepen bilateral cooperation, increase investment, and jointly promote the development of industrial digital transformation, digital commerce, digital cultural tourism and other fields, which helps Chengdu to build a new highland in the western digital economy industry.