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What is Alibaba Cloud?

Alibaba Cloud

In China, Alibaba is the 800-pound gorilla in e-commerce. However, the company has a cloud-computing service, too, called Alibaba Cloud, which started to operate since 2009. Though Alibaba Cloud shares certain similarities with the other major cloud platforms like AWS and Azure, it stands out from the crowd due to its Alibaba Cloud Web Hosting, a service that leverages the power and flexibility of Alibaba’s Elastic Compute Service while keeping costs predictable and setup straightforward.

As of now, Alibaba Cloud (Aliyun) is one of Alibaba’s fastest growing business units, and one of the leading cloud computing services in the world. Alibaba Cloud is gearing up the momentum to provide the most cost-effective and sophisticated customized solutions to its clients. The cloud computing services include elastic computing, enhanced cloud security services, and so on.

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Let’s have a look at the services available on Alibaba Cloud.

  • Elastic Computing
  • Storage & CDN
  • Networking
  • Database
  • Security
  • Management
  • Domains & Website
  • Analytics
  • Application Service
  • Media Services

Key Technologies of Alibaba Cloud

  1. Apsara: Apsara is a system of thousands of clustered computers that backbones Aliyun’s data-processing capabilities. Known for its massive scalability, a single Apsara cluster can be scaled up to 5,000 servers with 100-petabyte storage capacity and 100,000 CPU cores. In addition, one of the features, the predictive capability, allows merchants to create new consumer bases with targeted marketing campaigns.
  2. Cloud Services: Consists of 21 offerings, Aliyun’s comprehensive cloud service include content delivery networks, elastic computing, data storage and so on.
  3. ODPS: The Open Data Processing Service (ODPS) of Alibaba Cloud provides companies with cost-effective access to state-of-art data processing and analysis services. ODPS is capable of processing 100 petabytes of data, which is equivalent the data contained in 100 million high-definition movies in just six hours.
  4. Yundun: Alibaba YunDun is the digital security technology that acts as the firewall against cyber-attacks.

On a final note, Alibaba Cloud is the largest cloud-computing platform in China with the international data centres to support both global operations and local companies to comply with regional cloud regulations.