Tencent Cloud has announced that it has been awarded the Multi-Tier Cloud Security Singapore Standard (MTCS SS) Level-3, the highest of three available levels.

MTCS is a cloud security standard developed in Singapore to certify the security standards of cloud service providers. The standard has been adopted by various cloud providers including Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Alibaba Cloud.

Tencent headquarters, Shenzhen, China
Tencent's Shenzen HQ – YouTube/NBBJ

A growing Tencent Cloud

Tencent Cloud was first released to the public in 2013, after four years of internal development. However, it was only in 2016 that the Chinese cloud platform ventured outwards with the launch of additional facilities in the US, Europe, and Japan.

Globally, the cloud giant currently operates 24 cloud regions, of which eight are operated by local partners. Outside China, Tencent Cloud runs its own data centers in Mumbai, Singapore, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Seoul, and Tokyo in the Asia Pacific.

Obtaining MTCS is part of Tencent Cloud’s plans for growth outside of China, and the certification joins a growing list of more than 20 such international certifications that it has obtained.

According to Synergy Research Group, Tencent Cloud is the fourth largest cloud in the Asia Pacific by revenue for 2018, behind Alibaba Cloud and Microsoft, but ahead of Google. It currently customers across a diverse front, including online games, live broadcast, and financial services sectors.

In response to a query by DCD about Southeast Asia, Poshu Yeung, the VP of Tencent International Business Group, pointed to Singapore’s NTUC Income, Malaysian carrier U Mobile and regional online retailer Shopee as some of its customers that are leveraging its cloud capabilities.

“With the rapid cloud adoption globally, we are proud to receive this international security standard, which adds to our increasingly recognized and adopted cloud offerings in the region. It also emphasizes our exceptional capability to host, handle and process highly confidential data, bringing confidence and peace of mind to our enterprise customers,” said Yeung.