Tencent Cloud Launches First European Hub In Frankfurt

Chinese cloud giant Tencent Cloud has announced its debut into the European market, opening a new regional hub at Interxion’s data centre campus in Frankfurt.

According to a press release, Tencent selected the colocation facility as an ideal environment for its global customers looking to expand into Europe, as well as for European companies looking to adopt high-performance cloud solutions.

‘At Tencent we’ve been focused on enhancing and investing in our overseas cloud capabilities to meet the ever-increasing demand for secure and reliable cloud options,’ noted Wang Huixing, Vice President at Tencent Cloud.

‘Interxion’s Frankfurt campus is a perfect place for us to expand into the German market. The flagship data centre facility and strong connectivity will help us deliver the best quality service to our customers in Europe and nearby countries,’ he added.

Tencent Cloud further explained that the presence of two interconnectivity platforms at the heart of the Frankfurt facility was also a major attraction. The centre is home to both the DE-CIX Internet Exchange and Cloud Connect platforms, allowing customers greater speed when deploying cloud solutions.

Following its move into Silicon Valley earlier this year, the new Frankfurt deployment will become Tencent’s first presence in Europe and will increase its global portfolio to 34 availability zones, including Australia, Europe, Canada and the United States.

Since opening its first data centre in Hong Kong in 2014, Tencent continues to strengthen its global offering. ‘We plan to build six new regions and 15 available zones worldwide [in] 2017, making Tencent Cloud one of Asia’s fastest-growing global cloud service providers,’ said Wang.

Interxion’s cloud strategy and marketing director, Vincent in’ t Veld, commented that Tencent Cloud is already receiving a lot of demand from companies looking for enterprise-grade cloud solutions. The colocation provider expects particular demand from online games, online finance, video streaming and internet-related industries.

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