Alibaba Cloud Enterprise Network (CEN) Provides Solution for Students and Universities Impacted by Coronavirus

Alibaba Cloud Mar 5, 2020

5 March, 2020: Alibaba Cloud, the data intelligence backbone of Alibaba Group, is delivering solutions to local Australian university partners providing critical relief for Chinese international students affected by novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

In order to facilitate students' distance learning needs, Alibaba Cloud has leveraged its Cloud Enterprise Network (CEN) solution which allows universities to establish fast cross-regional connections for students - enabling them to engage in online course work via intranets while overseas.

"We are very aware that a large number of Chinese students studying in Australia are unable to return to their studies due to the current travel restrictions. With both universities and students impacted, Alibaba Cloud wanted to develop an innovative solution to provide ongoing access to educational platforms," said Raymond Ma, General Manager, Alibaba Cloud Australia and New Zealand.

"The Council of Australasian University Directors of Information Technology (CAUDIT) has worked with Alibaba Cloud and their global security partners which will allow Chinese students access to online learning platforms such as intranet portals and live streaming to classrooms with low latency and high reliability" said Anne Kealley, Chief Executive Officer of CAUDIT.

To date, Alibaba Cloud has been working alongside 20 universities across Australia and New Zealand including; The University of Sydney, University of South Australia, The University of Adelaide, University of Canberra and The University of Melbourne with the aim to get students back online as soon as possible. Currently there are up to 100,000 students in China who need access to coursework and intranet portals in order to continue their studies. Alibaba Cloud are delivering universities with a high-speed link into China in order to connect these students to the educational institutes while overseas.

"The solution can be deployed within 48 hours, effectively reducing complicated IT processes, offering cost effectiveness and easy maintenance for universities and schools" added Raymond Ma.

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, in 2018-19 education exports from Australia to China contributed $12.1 billion to the Australian economy.

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Established in 2009, Alibaba Cloud, the data intelligence backbone of Alibaba Group, is among the world’s top three IaaS providers, according to Gartner. It is also the largest provider of public cloud services in China, according to IDC. Alibaba Cloud provides a comprehensive suite of cloud computing services to businesses worldwide, including merchants doing business on Alibaba Group marketplaces, start-ups, corporations and public services. Alibaba Cloud is the official Cloud Services Partner of the International Olympic Committee.

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