Alibaba Cloud Recognized for the First Time in the 2021 Gartner® Magic Quadrant™ for Network Firewalls

Alibaba Cloud December 7, 2021

Hangzhou, China, December 7, 2021 – Alibaba Cloud, the digital technology and intelligence backbone of Alibaba Group, has been recognized as a Challenger among global security service providers evaluated in the newly released 2021 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Network Firewalls. This marks the first time that Gartner has recognized Alibaba Cloud as a Challenger in the field of network firewalls.

Alibaba Cloud’s placement in this report is based on Gartner evaluation of its Ability to Execute and its Completeness of Vision among 19 global security service providers.

Alibaba Cloud believes the move acknowledges its firewall offering, extensive customer base and significant market shares.

“Network security has been one of our key focus areas in recent years and we have established a designated Security and Compliance Center to oversee the research and development of new solutions and the delivery of end-to-end security services to our customers. We are pleased to see that these efforts are being recognized by customers globally,” said Jeff Zhang, President of Alibaba Cloud Intelligence. “As the operating practices and working dynamics of enterprises have evolved since the outbreak of the pandemic, the demand for network security solutions has grown significantly. We hope our network firewall and other solutions will continue to help customers of all sizes grow and move their businesses forward.”

Global companies across the retail, finance and automotive sectors have adopted Alibaba Cloud’s network security solutions, which offer bidirectional controls (both egress and ingress) for securing networks and allow unique identification for different departments while retaining overall control through a central executive network.

Earlier this year, Alibaba Group ranked third in the global market and first in the Asia Pacific region in Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) segment basis market share for the third consecutive year(2018-2020) in Gartner Market Share: IT Services, Worldwide 2020 report. Alibaba Cloud was also named a Visionary in this year’s Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure and Platform Services and a Leader in 2020 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Cloud Database Management Systems.

To learn more about Alibaba Cloud’s firewall, please visit this page.
To view the Gartner report, please click on this link.

Gartner, Magic Quadrant for Network Firewalls, Rajpreet Kaur, Jeremy D'Hoinne, Nat Smith, Adam Hils, 1 November 2021

Gartner, Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure and Platform Services, Raj Bala, Bob Gill, Dennis Smith, Kevin Ji, David Wright, 27 July 2021

Gartner, Market Share: IT Services, Worldwide 2020, Dean Blackmore, Cathy Tornbohm,etc, 8 April 2021

Gartner, Magic Quadrant for Cloud Database Management Systems, Donald Feinberg, Merv Adrian, Rick Greenwald, Adam Ronthal, Henry Cook, 23 November 2020

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About Alibaba Cloud

Established in 2009, Alibaba Cloud ( is the digital technology and intelligence backbone of Alibaba Group. It offers a complete suite of cloud services to customers worldwide, including elastic computing, database, storage, network virtualization services, large-scale computing, security, management and application services, big data analytics, a machine learning platform and IoT services. Alibaba Cloud is China’s leading provider of public cloud services by revenue in 2019, including PaaS and IaaS services, according to IDC. Alibaba Group is the world’s third leading and Asia Pacific’s leading IaaS provider by revenue in 2020 in U.S. dollars, according to Gartner’s April 2021 report.

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