Alibaba Cloud Launches Data Lake Analytics Globally

November 14, 2018

New product to complement the existing selection that strengthens company’s technology leadership position

Hangzhou, China, November 14th, 2018 – Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group, today launched Data Lake Analytics (DLA) globally. DLA is a serverless, high performance and interactive query service hosted on the Alibaba Cloud platform and is powered by Massive Parallel Processing (MPP) architecture. It turns customers’ cloud storage data into insights in Data Lake scenario. In addition, it requires zero infrastructure setup or upfront cost.

The addition of DLA to Alibaba Cloud’s international product portfolio is aimed to provide customers seeking cloud-native data analytics capabilities with better solutions. Other solutions that are already offered in the area include cloud infrastructure, machine learning (ML), Internet of Things (IoT) and security.

Customers can use DLA to run SQL queries against data stored in a number of Alibaba Cloud services, such as objects in OSS, key-value pairs in Table Store, and relational data in Relational Database Service (RDS). They can also explore a single dataset at a time or analyse data across multiple sources simultaneously. DLA is fully compatible with SQL syntax, which enables customers to adapt to the functions with ease. In addition, DLA works with popular Business Intelligence (BI) tools natively so that customers can effectively visualize their data, derive insights, and accelerate decision-making process.

"Customers today are increasingly collecting and storing more data in the cloud and building their data lake and they need to quickly and cost-effectively analyse their data on demand,” said Alibaba Cloud Product Director He Yunfei.“DLA can help customers handle the volume and complexity of their data and quickly turn data into insights. Compared with conventional analytics platforms which require upfront hardware provisioning and setup, DLA is serverless so customers only pay for the queries they ran with no upfront costs. We are pleased to provide leading technology products for our customers, and help accelerate their digital transformation journey.”

Designed for developers, business analysts, and data scientists where a self-service operational model is highly preferred, DLA provides built-in ETL (Extract, Transform and Load) functionality that reduces the heavy lifting of pre-processing data of different formats and origins so customers can focus on analysis and insights.

DLA is available in Southeast Asia, Asia, and Europe, and will soon be available in North America and Australasia. To get started on Data Lake Analytics, watch the DLA webinar here or visit the product page here.

About Alibaba Cloud

Established in 2009, Alibaba Cloud (, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group, is among the world’s top three IaaS providers according to Gartner, and 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 government organizations. Alibaba Cloud is the official Cloud Services Partner of the International Olympic Committee.

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