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Community Blog Revealed: The Top Technologies to Scale Your SME

Revealed: The Top Technologies to Scale Your SME

In this e-book, we'll explain what you need to scale your SME.

Alibaba Cloud works with businesses big and small, all over the world. We explain how you can grow your business from the start-up to global enterprise in our e-book Scaling Up: E-Commerce and Alibaba Cloud for SMEs.

As your start-up grows into a small-to-medium-size enterprise (SME), you need to ramp up your platform capacity and introduce additional features without compromising user functionality.

This is no mean feat. But there are many robust cloud solutions to help you scale with confidence.

1. Upgrading to ECS

Our Simple Application Server provides a cheap, easy and quick option to get your website up and running. But as demand for your online applications increases, you may want to switch to our Elastic Compute Service (ECS).

The Alibaba Cloud 7th Gen ECS is now available, fully equipped with Trusted Platform Module (TPM) chips and increasing your instance computing power by up to 40%. This solution provides fast memory and the latest Intel CPUs to help you to power your cloud applications and achieve faster results with low latency.

You can also deploy your ECS instances with just a few clicks from our console and scale capacity up or down based on real-time demands.

2. Auto Scaling, SLB and CloudMonitor

As you scale, a seamless user experience is essential for your customers. There are three core cloud technologies to help you achieve this.

Using our Auto Scaling technology, the number of instances you use is automatically adjusted based on traffic. So, there are always enough computing resources in place to cope with any unexpected spikes in demand. Plus, this service is available free of charge and you will only be charged for the standard cost of adding additional ECS resources, which is reassuring as it means you won't be paying for the service if you don't need it.

If you want to further protect your servers, then our Server Load Balancer (SLB), distributes traffic among multiple instances to improve your website's service capabilities. With the health check feature, SLB also automatically blocks unhealthy ECS instances and distribute requests to healthy ECS instances, eliminating any single point of failure.

Our CloudMonitor service can also alert you when your bandwidth unexpectedly increases. This helps you know the real-time status of your cloud services and respond when an alarm is triggered due to an unexpected increase in demand.

3. Resource Access Management

Our end-to-end range of Security Services can protect your business at every point in the online world. As you grow, our Resource Access Management (RAM) service also ensures only specific staff members can access certain resources.

RAM allows you to securely grant access permissions to your Alibaba Cloud resources to selected, high-privileged users, enterprise personnel and partners. This helps to ensure secure and appropriate usage of your cloud resources and protects your business from any unsolicited access to its Alibaba Cloud account.

4. AI-Powered EasyDispatch

Depending on the nature of your business, you may need a logistics solution to meet customer expectations. Our EasyDispatch solution uses the latest AI technology to help you boost your dispatcher efficiency and make better decisions to manage your fleet with ease.

This improves your customer service, allowing you to predict accurate delivery windows and manage your fleet. What's more, AI Service Dispatch for Field Service Management requires zero coding and comes with highly scalable modular architectures. So, you can quickly replicate the same service dispatch system to other regions on a weekly basis as your business grows.

5. QuickBI

To add value to your business going forward, you need accurate and actionable insights. This is where Quick BI can help.

It lets any staff member (with the appropriate access rights) perform data analytics, exploration and reporting using its simple drag-and-drop interface. This means you don't need to rely on your IT department to design SQL statements to extract and analyze your data.

This can drastically reduce the time it takes to produce daily reports, identifying and responding to any issues in a timely fashion, and reporting on business successes to boost employee morale and your marketing efforts.

If you'd like to get some hands-on experience with our extensive range of cloud computing solutions, click here to sign up to our free trial service where new users can access 50+ free offers worth between $1700 to $8500 USD.

The SME world is a burgeoning and diverse space. To find out more about how your business can succeed, download our e-book Scaling Up: E-Commerce and Alibaba Cloud for SMEs today.

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