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"Alibaba Cloud is the best solution in the market for setting up infrastructure that spans both inside and outside of China. Expanding into China is difficult but Alibaba Cloud makes it easier."

    Spacious Case Study

    Background

    Being familiar with websites like Zoopla/RightMove in the UK and Zillow/Trulia in the US, Asif couldn't understand why something of similar quality didn't exist in Asia, given how valuable and important the underlying real estate market is in the region. Asif assumed someone else would surely find a solution but after years of waiting and seeing no improvement, he decided to step up himself and bring the Asian online real estate market into the modern era. In late 2013, after more than a decade in the banking industry, Asif left his career in finance behind him and started an online real estate company called Spacious.

    Challenges

    Spacious had a particular need to tap into the Mainland China market to grow the business and reach our target customerbase. Being based in Hong Kong, we needed a solution that worked both inside and outside of Mainland China. Our online assets are a major lead generator for attracting new customers and we couldn’t afford to compromise the user experience with high latency and inperfect availability from hosting outside of the Mainland. While we were not unhappy with our previous cloud hosting solution, they unfortunately did not offer a strong solution for China. We thus decided to move from our previous provider to Alibaba Cloud in order to provide a more optimal solution for Mainland China.

    Why Alibaba Cloud?

    Alibaba Cloud is a well known company, with a strong reputation, and unrivaled infrastructure inside of China. We wanted to expand into China from outside of China, and no other provider came close to the reach Alibaba Cloud has in regards to availability zones and CDN nodes. With 500 nodes in Mainland China, Alibaba Cloud’s broad reaching CDN was a major selling point for us. The fact that Alibaba Cloud has an office and a team on-the-ground in Hong Kong also made it convenient for us to work together.

    Results

    What has impressed us since migrating to Alibaba Cloud is the level of support and service from Alibaba Cloud. I have never worked with a provider with such good quality service. As a result of our deployment on Alibaba Cloud, Spacious is now operational inside China and generating revenue.

    Architecture

    Alibaba Cloud hosts Spacious; infrastructure in a seamless and efficient way, with zero downtime and great support. Products we are currently using are Alibaba Cloud ECS and CDN.

    Final Word

    Alibaba Cloud is the best solution in the market for setting up infrastructure that spans both inside and outside of China. Expanding into China is difficult but Alibaba Cloud makes it easier.

    Asif Ghafoor, Spacious CEO and Founder