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Step into the Future of Streamlined Business Processes with CloudFlow

This article introduces Alibaba Cloud's CloudFlow and highlights its key features, application scenarios, and benefits.

In today’s fast-paced business environment, coordinating multiple distributed tasks effectively can be a daunting challenge. CloudFlow, a fully managed serverless cloud service designed to streamline the orchestration of stateful application scenarios. CloudFlow focuses on simplifying tedious tasks such as task coordination, state management, and error handling, allowing you to concentrate on business logic development.

CloudFlow enables you to arrange distributed tasks in sequence, branch and parallel. The service will reliably coordinate task execution according to the set sequence and track the state transition of each task. Then, it will execute custom retry logic (whenever necessary) to ensure the smooth completion of the workflow.

Key Features of CloudFlow

Operation & Maintenance Fully Managed and Pay-As-You-Go

CloudFlow frees operation and maintenance personnel from infrastructure maintenance, providing secure, highly available, fault-tolerant, and durable services. You only need to pay the step conversion fee, and if there's no use, there are no additional fees!

Service Orchestration Capabilities

This feature helps you separate process logic from task execution and supports multiple control primitives such as sequence, branch, and parallel. Built-in error retry and capture capabilities save you time on writing orchestration code.

Support Long Running Processes

CloudFlow tracks the entire process and ensures the completion of long-running tasks, whether they span hours, days, or even months. This is particularly useful for operation and maintenance tasks, related pipelines, and mail promotion processes.

Process State Management

Manage all states in the execution of a process, including tracking the execution steps and storing input and output between steps. This means you don't need to manage process states yourself or build complex state management into tasks.

Visual Monitoring

CloudFlow provides a visual interface to define workflows and view execution status, including input and output. This feature helps you quickly identify and eliminate fault problems.

Distributed Component Coordination

Coordinate applications written in different languages on various infrastructures and networks. CloudFlow facilitates smooth transitions from private cloud to hybrid or public cloud and supports the evolution from single architecture to microservice architecture.

How to Use CloudFlow

Create a Workflow Definition - Use definitions to describe the order or logic of execution between tasks.

Prepare Workflow Tasks - Implement each task worker defined in the workflow. CloudFlow supports several different types of workers.

Perform Workflow Tasks - Call CloudFlow, Execute Workflow, and APIs to execute workflow applications.

Track, Debug, and Monitor Running Status - Utilize the visual monitoring provided by CloudFlow to observe the running status of tasks.

Practical Scenarios

Multimedia File Processing - Organize multiple tasks such as transcoding, frame interception, face recognition, speech recognition, and audit upload into a complete processing flow using CloudFlow.

Gene Data Processing - Orchestrate multiple batch computing distributed jobs in series or parallel to support large-scale computing with long execution times and large concurrency reliably.

Data Processing Pipeline - Quickly build a highly available data processing pipeline using CloudFlow.

Automatic Operation and Maintenance - Address common challenges of automated O&M, such as complexity of steps, low reliability of stand-alone scripts, complexity of dependencies, and lack of visualization. CloudFlow, combined with function compute, can tackle these issues effectively.


CloudFlow’s robust features and versatile application scenarios make it an indispensable tool for businesses looking to optimize their task coordination and process management. With its fully managed service, you can focus on developing your business logic while CloudFlow handles the intricacies of task orchestration and state management.

Step into the future of streamlined business processes with CloudFlow!

Disclaimer: The views expressed herein are for reference only and don't necessarily represent the official views of Alibaba Cloud.

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