Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing subset of the Chinese online commerce giant Alibaba Group, announced a new agreement with Vodafone Germany to collocate their first data center at the Vodafone facility in Frankfurt, Germany. This will be the first Alibaba Cloud data center to be located in Europe.

Alibaba selected Germany as the site for its first foray into European data centers due to the country’s central location and highly developed infrastructure. The company also intends to leverage Vodafone’s brand recognition in Germany as well as their professional and technical support.

In addition to launching a European data center, Alibaba is establishing dedicated customer service teams in Europe to provide sales and assistance to local customers.

Ethan Yu, VP of Alibaba Group and GM of Alibaba Cloud Global said that Germany was the best choice for Alibaba’s first European data center, noting that the choice was made “to demonstrate our commitment to the highest standards in data security, and to reinforce our global expansion strategy.”

The global expansion strategy for Alibaba Cloud came with the announcement this week that in addition to the Frankfurt data center, the company intends to open data centers in the Middle East, Australia and Japan by the end of this year. This will bring the total number of Alibaba Cloud data centers to 14, with existing facilities located in mainland China, Hong Kong, Singapore, and the United States.

Alibaba Cloud offers a wide range of cloud computing solutions to enterprise clients, including big data and security products, as well as IaaS, PaaS and SaaS services.

Alibaba Cloud recently made headlines when it broke records for processing online sales requests on November 11, the APAC Singles Day shopping festival. Alibaba Cloud processed a record 175,000 online orders per second, with cross-border transactions for 235 different countries and territories. The Alibaba Group has a stated mission to serve 2 billion customers over the next two decades and is relying on support from, and growth of its cloud computing business to help accomplish that goal.

Alibaba CTO Jeff Zhang said, “Alibaba Group has advanced from being an e-commerce company to a global technology leader, enabling us to power the future of retail through … big data, cloud computing, artificial intelligence, augmented reality and virtual reality.”