Alibaba has continued its assault on the EMEA market by signing up nine firms to its partner ecosystem programme.
The Chinese firm said the new partnerships will help drive digital transformation in the region, across its core verticals of e-commerce, logistics and retail.
Yeming Wang, EMEA general manager of Alibaba Cloud, said: "We believe in leveraging our partners' strengths to create a strong ecosystem for technologies and solution offerings.
"By offering our state-of-the art cloud infrastructure and advanced data intelligence services, together with our partners, we hope to accelerate companies' digital transformation, and help them succeed globally in markets especially in China."
The nine new partners are: Cloud Temple, Equinix, EVA Group, Groupe Cyllene, GTI Software & Networking, PROJIXI Europe, SKALE-5, SMILE, and Xebia.
Alibaba Cloud opened a datacentre in Frankfurt in 2016, before quietly launching in London last year.
Alongside the new partnerships, Alibaba announced a collaboration with universities in France to train the next generation of cloud and infrastructure experts.
The firm's French boss Kevin Liu said: "Through the collaborations with local universities, Alibaba Cloud can bring our knowledge in cloud computing, big data and artificial intelligence to students in France, which is essential to improving their competitive advantages in the workplace."
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