At the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2019 held in Barcelona, Alibaba Cloud released seven major products and solutions including Global Connection, providing global enterprises with Alibaba Cloud-based intelligent enterprise digital transformation ideas. Global Connection is an intelligent network solution tailored for global enterprises. It provides strong IT infrastructure guarantee for Chinese companies that are actively exploring global markets, and paves the path to their enterprise globalization.
In an era with increasingly close international business connections, more and more international companies have been developing and deepening business in China. Most of the Fortune Global 500 companies have been operating in the Asian and Chinese markets. For Chinese domestic enterprises, "globalization" is not a concept, but an unavoidable trend. Exploring global markets has become the only path to increase market share and become first class international companies. Since 2014, with the internationalization progress of Alibaba Cloud, more and more renowned international enterprises have chosen Alibaba Cloud, including the InterContinental Hotels Group, Ford Motor Company, Shiseido, Huya, Sina Weibo, and 51Talk. Alibaba Cloud provides strong support for their international business.
Robert Hou, Director of Mobile Platforms and Products, Ford Asia Pacific, once said "We are impressed by Alibaba Cloud's scalable and flexible technology and its strong ecosystem that enables us to rapidly deliver customized digital solutions for our Chinese customers. We value Alibaba Cloud's local market insights and reliable technology as it supports our 'in China, for China, and at China speed' strategy." View the full customer story and video on this link.
Faced with the rapidly changing competitive landscape in the international market and the increasing requirements from end consumers on customer experience, multinational companies need to adjust their business processes and technology architectures to adapt to these external changes. Specifically, the digital transformation challenges of multinational companies mainly exist in the following four aspects:
1) How to provide consistent customer experience for domestic and international customers
2) How to rapidly deploy international business
3) How to carry out international business in a safe and compliant manner
4) How to reduce cross-border operating costs
The global service capabilities of business and IT systems are vital to an enterprise's globalization strategy. The most fundamental problem is network connectivity. A good network allows companies to do more with less. According to Alibaba Cloud's experience in serving international clients over all these years, multinational enterprises need to pay attention to the following key points when establishing an efficient network:
Through five years' accumulation of international services, Alibaba Cloud now operates in 19 regions and 56 zones, has more than 110 point of presence (PoP) points and more than 1,500 edge nodes. Relying on Alibaba Cloud's sound global infrastructure resources, we have been gradually improving our network connection solutions for international enterprises. Global Connection effectively solves the above five network pain points of multinational organizations. Global Connection is now serving multinational companies in the manufacturing, service, finance, and Internet sectors, including Fortune Global 500 companies and Chinese domestic companies that have been vigorously exploring international markets.
According to the statistics of Alibaba Cloud customers, after adopting the Global Connection solution, their average network speed is increased by 20 times, and their average network TOC is reduced by about 50%. The time required for activating the global cloud network service is also reduced from months to days. All cloud-based and on-premises systems are connected through the enterprises' private networks, which greatly improves the security of data communication.
Global Connection mainly consists of the following four parts:
Global Connection is widely used and highly recognized by customers from different sectors. Specifically, Global Connection has three typical scenarios.
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