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Alibaba Cloud Ranks First in IaaS Market Share in Hong Kong for Three Consecutive Years

In this article, we will delve into the ten-year journey of Alibaba Cloud's growth in Hong Kong.

For three consecutive years, Alibaba Cloud has ranked first in the IaaS market share in Hong Kong (China).

Today, Alibaba Cloud's 10th Anniversary, Sustaining Innovation with Hong Kong.

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Over the past decade, Alibaba Cloud has invested more than HK $10 billion in Hong Kong (China).

Serve 40000 + customers in different industries.

With more than 300 partners

Provide training for 88000 + trainees

Alibaba Cloud's Ten-Year Growth Tour in Hong Kong

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Leo Liu, Vice President of International Business, General Manager of North APAC Region, Alibaba Cloud Intelligence, commented on the company’s remarkable journey: “In the past decade, bolstered by the growing demand for cloud computing across sectors, Alibaba Cloud has achieved encouraging growth. This would not have been possible without the support of our customers, partners and our team. We remain committed to the future development of Hong Kong. We will continue to leverage the power of generative AI to support a broader range of businesses in achieving faster and more cost-effective expansion in Hong Kong and beyond.”

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Enhancing Hong Kong's Role as a Super-Connector With Technology

Benefiting from Hong Kong's role as a super-connector, Alibaba Cloud has been able to assist customers from China with their global expansion during the past decade. As Hong Kong speeds up its integration into the national development, more and more businesses are looking to expand in the Greater Bay Area, in Asia and beyond. In 2021, Alibaba Cloud expanded its Hong Kong and Macao Eco Alliance to become the Greater Bay Area Eco Alliance to help Hong Kong businesses transform, innovate and grow regionally. Alibaba Cloud ecosystem currently actively collaborates with over 300 partners in Hong Kong, with expertise ranging from consulting, service delivery, and technology development, to resellers.

Alibaba Cloud, the digital technology and intelligence backbone of Alibaba Group, today kicked off a series of events to mark its 10th anniversary serving businesses in Hong Kong. To support Hong Kong’s development as a regional tech and innovation hub, Alibaba Cloud plans to launch an Independent Software Vendor (ISV) empowerment program in 2024, with an aim to attract 100 technology partners and help foster an ecosystem to sustain Hong Kong’s digital transformation.

Over the past decade, Alibaba Cloud has invested more than HK$10 billion in its development in Hong Kong, setting up multiple data centers, expanding its service offerings and developing local tech talent. Alibaba Cloud has recorded double digit annual revenue growth over the past three years in Hong Kong, supporting the digital transformation of over 40,000 businesses.

Cultivate Local Innovative Technology Talents

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Since 2017, Alibaba Cloud has provided training for more than 88000 trainees and issued more than 162,000 certificates through online and offline mode. At present, Alibaba Cloud has launched cloud computing training programs in cooperation with eight universities, including the School of Economics and Management of the University of Hong Kong, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and the City University of Hong Kong.

In addition, Alibaba Cloud has also designed a cloud computing course for Hong Kong middle school students through cooperation with the school of professional training of the University of Hong Kong and SEED Foundation, benefiting more than 20 schools and greatly improving the digital skills of the younger generation. At the same time, Alibaba Cloud also works with local training institutions such as Kornerstone, allowing people of different ages, occupations and classes have the opportunity to explore new technologies such as cloud computing.

Major Hong Kong Milestones

  • 2015 – Established the first data center in the city.
  • 2017 – Built the second data center in Hong Kong to address increasing demand for cloud services in the Asia Pacific region.
  • 2018 – Established the “Hong Kong and Macao Eco Alliance” to advance data technology development and seize regional cloud opportunities.
  • 2019 – Joined the Smart City Consortium to drive smart city development in Hong Kong.

Provided data analytic solutions to help Hong Kong International Airport to monitor and visualize the passenger and road traffic inside the terminals and apron, achieving better resource deployment and enhanced operation efficiency.

  • 2020 – Launched the third data center in Hong Kong.

Obtained an independent third-party certification from Price Waterhouse Coopers (PwC) for the internal governance systems of its range of cloud products and services.

  • 2021 – Expanded the “Hong Kong and Macao Eco Alliance” to “Greater Bay Area EcoAlliance”.

Jointly developed the smart train-scheduling platform with MTR, which uses cloud technology and artificial intelligence to adjust and optimize train deployment and maintenance.

According to the report released by the leading global research and advisory firm Gartner, Alibaba Cloud had the biggest IaaS market share in Hong Kong in 2020.

  • 2022 – Launched a Cloud Talent Program in Hong Kong to provide over 2000 students with access to more than 300 free training courses covering cloud computing, data analytics, AI and machine learning, and to help students obtain relevant Alibaba Cloud certifications.
  • 2023 – Partnered with HKU Business School to introduce the first undergraduate credit course in cloud computing.

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In 2015, Alibaba Cloud established the first data center in Hong Kong. Alibaba Cloud currently has 89 availability zones across 30 regions globally. Alibaba Cloud has been the official Cloud Services Partner of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) since 2017. Data privacy and protection is a top priority for Alibaba Cloud. It is committed to complying with local regulations and industry standards and currently has more than 130 security and compliance accreditations worldwide.

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