Alibaba Cloud today announced that it has partnered with the China Hitachi Group, the China subsidiary of the Japanese conglomerate, to provide cloud computing services in China.

“This announcement with Hitachi is important for two reasons,” said Ziji Song, Head of Alibaba Cloud North Asia, in an exclusive phone interview with TechNode.

“First, Alibaba Cloud continues to look for partnerships with large multinationals. The previous partners were Accenture and SAP, IT vendors. But now we signed the partnership with a traditional manufacturing company, Hitachi China to enhance our brand,” he said. “Second, it shows our ability to serve big enterprise customers rather than only SMEs and startups. Hitachi’s customers are mainly enterprise customers.”

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Eva Yoo is Shanghai-based tech writer. Reach her at evayoo@technode.com