How cloud-native technologies are a springboard to innovation and business transformation

Opinion Businesses agility, performance and flexibility are more necessary now than ever before — especially in these adverse, pandemic, times — in order to remain competitive and stay on course for growth. In order to remain dynamic and relevant, business transformation requires the implementation of increasingly complex and advanced applications that are able to adapt to changing circumstances, while offering innovative features and zero downtime.

Such applications however,...

Gartner cloud DBMS Magic Quadrant sees hyperscalers take top spot – but with a caveat

For many sub-genres of cloud technology, the competitive landscape amounts to one decision: hyperscaler or specific player? Cloud database management systems (DBMS) are no different; and according to Gartner's most recent Magic Quadrant, the hyperscalers - mostly - take the spoils.

The report, published earlier this month, finds eight companies in the leaders' zone out of 16 analysed in total. Alibaba Cloud, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP and...

Alibaba Cloud posts $2.2bn revenues as company says growth is still early

Alibaba Cloud has posted revenues of $2.2 billion (£1.67bn) for its most recent quarter - with group CEO Daniel Zhang saying the cloud business is still in an 'early stage of growth.'

The retail giant's cloud computing arm saw year on year growth of 60%, with the company adding its predominant growth was in customers from the internet, finance and retail industries.

Speaking to analysts following the announcement, Zhang noted the company's previous assertion, on...

Alibaba Cloud posts $1.75bn revenues at 59% yearly growth rate, cites Asia Pacific dominance

Alibaba Cloud has secured almost $1.75 billion (RMB 12,345bn) in revenues for its most recent quarter at a growth rate of 59% year over year.

The eCommerce giant, whose cloud division broke the $1.5bn mark in February, attributed the figures to increased contributions from its public and hybrid cloud businesses, reflecting higher average revenue per customer.

Total revenue for the wider company for the quarter ended June 30, 2020, was $21.76bn (RMB153,75bn) at an...

Alibaba Cloud extends reach to Europe, US and Asia Pacific through Equinix partnership

Data centre and interconnection provider Equinix has announced it is extending access to Alibaba Cloud for customers from 17 metros globally, including sites in Europe, Asia Pacific, and the United States.

The move will see Alibaba be able to access markets including Dubai, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Jakarta, London, Singapore, Sydney and Tokyo. US metros, such as Chicago, Dallas and Denver, are also included in the partnership.

This is not to say Alibaba Cloud does not...

Blog: How cloud companies are reacting to Covid-19 and services offered: AWS, Alibaba, and more

As the Covid-19 pandemic continues, with citizens across many countries urged to work from home where possible, it has posed a unique challenge for both frontend applications and the backend technologies underpinning them.

A lot of attention has, understandably, focused on the former. Zoom, which appears to be the videoconferencing tool du jour for many businesses, has held up well thus far,...

China cloud infrastructure services grew 67% in Q419 says Canalys – as Covid-19 response praised

China’s cloud computing market continues to intrigue because of its potential – and according to a new study from analyst firm Canalys, cloud infrastructure services in China grew 67% in Q419, making the country’s spend at more than one tenth of the overall market.

Total spend reached $3.3 billion (£2.8bn) in the quarter, with Alibaba Cloud accounting for almost half (46.4%) of...

Alibaba Cloud breaks $1.5bn in revenues amid hope of eCommerce migration encouragement

Alibaba Cloud hit more than RMB10 billion (£1.18bn) in revenue in its most recent quarter, with revenues up 62% year over year.

Total revenues for Alibaba were at RMB161.4bn (£17.7bn) for Q419, at a yearly growth of 38%, meaning Alibaba Cloud comprises 6.7% of the China-based retail giant’s overall revenues. Cloud revenues for Q2 and Q3 were at $1.13bn (£867m) and $1.3bn...

Alibaba Cloud releases Alink machine learning algorithm to GitHub

Alibaba Cloud has announced it has made the ‘core codes’ of its machine learning algorithm Alink available on GitHub.

The company notes it is one of the top 10 contributors to the GitHub ecosystem, with approximately 20,000 contributors. Alink was built as a self-developed platform to aid batch and stream processing, with applications for machine learning tasks such as online product...

Cloud hyperscaler benchmark report shows China connectivity as a vital issue for all

No cloud is created equal – and according to a benchmark analysis of the biggest providers from network intelligence software provider ThousandEyes, performance varies between the hyperscalers with some potentially surprising findings.

The report, ThousandEyes’ 2019-2020 Cloud Performance Benchmark, assessed more than 320 million data points collected from almost 100 global metro locations...