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New Data Centre In Singapore Opened By Zoom

New Data Centre In Singapore Opened By Zoom
A new data centre in Singapore has been opened by the now popular video conferencing app Zoom Video Communications. This is the first data centre of the company in Southeast Asia. This was announced by the company on Tuesday.
The number of users of the video conferencing services of Zoom surged tremendously during the novel coronavirus pandemic as lockdown and travel restrictions forced companies to order work from home for employees. However the privacy and security issues of user data as well as the content of video conferences have caused concerns against the service.
The total number of data centres of the company globally no stands at 18 with the launch of its Singapore data centre which will be used for connecting users of the service in Southeast Asia.
Abe Smith, head of international at Zoom said that more employees from Singapore is planned to be hired by the company for the data centre.
A spokesperson of the company was however not able to provide an exact figure for its hiring plans in Singapore when inquired by the media. But the spokesperson of the company told the media that the company is "impressed with the talent and skills available locally".
The spokesperson said that positions in enterprise, financial services, public sector, major accounts, sales, engineering, customer success, tax, legal, human resources and professional services, are being looked to be filled by the company at present on priority.
"Zoom is constantly striving to bring better services and experiences to our paid and free users, and they are keen to ensure that the Singapore office brings together a diverse and talented team, who are savvy enough to navigate the diverse Southeast Asian region," the company’s spokesperson told the media.
Along with a 65-fold increase in users of its free services in Singapore, Smith said that the company had also noted a tripling of paid users of the service from the city since January.
The platform is being used by students of more than 400 schools in the island city since March.
Back in April, the authorities in Singapore had banned Zoom for a short period of time after "very serious incidents" occurred with the service in the first week of coronavirus lockdown which included an incident which involved appearing of obscene images on screens during a geography lesson in the island city.
Zoom rerouted some calls through its servers in China, despite such calls being placed outside China, security researchers had discovered earlier this year.
This took place in "extremely limited circumstances", the company had said and had added that mainland China data centres had been taken off by it from an approved list of back-ups for users outside China.

Christopher J. Mitchell

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