By: Jeremy Pedersen
Welcome back for another Friday update! This week we're taking it easy and considering some fresh product updates.
We did a product update blog just a few weeks ago, so this'll be a quick one!
BONUS: You can find a quick analysis of Alibaba Cloud's global expansion at the end of this article!
Alibaba Cloud's Cloud Drive service is now available in regions outside China, speeding things up considerably for non-Chinese users!
Unfortunately, the documentation for this product is still only available in Chinese. Google Translate should help!
Self-built PostgreSQL databases can be migrated to RDS using the new one-click migration feature. Learn more here.
Three new Zones now support redis, as documented here. The Zones are:
AnalyticDB for MySQL now allows data export to HDFS, as documented here.
Alibaba Cloud's Datalake tool, DLF, is finally live on alibabacloud.com!
Learn more here. Outside China, the service is currently available in Singapore.
If you have been watching Alibaba Cloud for a while, you'll know that it has been expanding and adding new datacenters for more than a decade.
In fact, with the exception of a pause in 2019, at least one new Region has been opened every year since 2011!
Just in case you missed it, Alibaba Cloud is now up to 25 Regions and 80 Zones. Here's the full breakdown:
Outside Mainland China, there are 13 Regions and 27 Zones:
Inside Mainland China, there are 12 Regions and 53 Zones:
It's hard to see what's going on with just a "wall of text", so let's break things down a bit more by graphing things out!
All the data used below comes from this page.
Let's start by looking at Alibaba Cloud's Regions and Zones:
First, a couple of important notes:
A quick glance at the chart shows where Alibaba Cloud's advantage is: China and Broader Asia:
We can learn even more by taking note of the opening dates for Alibaba Cloud's regions:
The key takeaway is continuous expansion: there has only been one year (2019) in which no new Regions went online!
Looking at the chart above, we can break the expansion down into "eras":
It's likely that the focus on Asia will continue in the near term, so be on the lookout for new Regions there.
That's all for this week, see you next time!
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