Alibaba data centres to expand throughout Asia in 2022

Map of Asia

Alibaba is expanding its cloud business within Asia as it plans to open data centres in South Korea and Thailand in 2022.

The Chinese e-commerce giant has previously been focused on other countries in the region, such as Singapore and the Philippines, where it was competing with major US providers Amazon and Microsoft.

Already the biggest cloud provider in China, Alibaba data centres abroad help businesses in those countries to access Alibaba’s cloud services, whilst...

Alibaba Cloud delivers new server chips to optimise cloud computing services

Jeff Zhang, president of Alibaba Cloud Intelligence.

Alibaba Cloud, the digital tech and intelligence backbone of Alibaba Group, has developed an in-house processor design for use in its data centres. 

The server chips, named Yitian 710, are custom-built by Alibaba Group's chip development business, T-Head. Powered by these chips, Alibaba Cloud also announced the development of its proprietary servers, called Panjiu. The combination is set to enhance the company's leading cloud services by optimising computing performance and...

Alibaba launches cloud pin for Tokyo Olympic broadcasters

Tokyo Olympics Bridge

Tech giant Alibaba, a worldwide Olympic partner, has unveiled its Alibaba Cloud Pin, a digital wearable for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games that allows for the exchange of contact information in a safe and interactive manner.

Designed for broadcasting and media professionals, the pin can be worn either as a badge or on a lanyard, and will be deployed at the International Broadcasting Centre (IBC) and Main Press Centre (MPC) of the upcoming Games between July 23 and August...

Five leading trends of database innovation: Cloud-native, self-driving, and more

In the wake of the pandemic, one trend that emerged is the need for digitalisation, and this will continue – and even grow – in the future. And, while it’s still not clear exactly what that actual economic impact of Covid-19 will be, IDC predicts that the digital economy will accelerate to counter this. The firm predicts that over 65% of APAC GDP is expected to be digitalised between 2020 and 2023 and spending will hit US$ 1.2 trillion.

As businesses – and even economies...

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,...