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  • Cloud Foundry Now Available on Alibaba Cloud
    April 2018
    • SAN FRANCISCO — April 18, 2018 — Cloud Foundry Foundation, home of the most widely-adopted open source cloud technologies in the world, announced today that Cloud Foundry will be available on Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group. Alibaba Cloud, the largest cloud infrastructure provider in China and among the three largest globally, also announced that it has joined the Foundation as a Gold member.
    • This integration ensures seamless interaction between Alibaba Cloud and Cloud Foundry. By creating a Cloud Provider Interface (CPI) for Cloud Foundry BOSH, Alibaba Cloud now has access to both Cloud Foundry Application Runtime (CFAR) and Cloud Foundry Container Runtime (CFCR) workloads. CFCR is a Kubernetes and BOSH-based technology housed within the Cloud Foundry Foundation.
    • "Alibaba is a dominant force in China, and throughout Asia, the availability of Cloud Foundry now on Alibaba Cloudrepresents an opportunity to expand the availability of Cloud Foundry," said Abby Kearns, Executive Director, Cloud Foundry Foundation. "Now China-based enterprises can experience the combined benefits of Cloud Foundry and Alibaba Cloud together."
    • "Being the first open source PaaS offering, Cloud Foundry is designed for multi-cloud, multi-framework and multi-languages," said Hong Tang, chief architect of Alibaba Cloud. "Alibaba Cloud commits itself to providing more choices for our customers and is, as always, dedicated to the open source community." As a Gold member, Alibaba Cloud joins the ranks of Allianz, American Airlines, Ford, Google, Microsoft and Swisscom. Alibaba Cloud provides a suite of cloud computing services that covers elastic computing, object storage, relational database, big data analysis, and artificial intelligence in 43 availability zones around the globe.
    • Cloud Foundry is a mature and growing cloud application platform used by large enterprises to develop and deploy cloud-native applications, saving them significant amounts of time and resources. Enterprises benefit from the consistency of Cloud Foundry Application Runtime across a variety of distributions of the platform, thanks to a certified provider program.
    • Cloud Foundry on Alibaba Cloud can be accessed via the Cloud Foundry Foundation's Foundry, a web-based marketplace for available distributions, services, add-on technology, education and more.
    • Analyses in this article are based on "Cloud Foundry Now Available on Asia’s Leading Cloud Provider Alibaba Cloud" (by Caitlyn O'Connell, April 18, 2018). The views and opinions expressed herein are those of the author.
    Esri and Alibaba Cloud to Bring Enhanced Location Intelligence Technology to Cloud Users
    April 2018
    • REDLANDS, California – Esri, the global leader in spatial analytics, announced on today(April 12, 2018) that it has entered into a Collaborative Agreement with Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of the Alibaba Group. This agreement will enable both organisations to deliver enhanced options to customers seeking to implement their Esri technology on Alibaba Cloud.
    • Esri President and Founder, Jack Dangermond, described the agreement as both a recognition of successful implementations and a shared belief that location intelligence in cloud infrastructure was pivotal to addressing customer needs and solving real-world problems – especially those that need scalable computing, storage, and networking capabilities.
    • “We’ve seen our users achieve amazing results already with Esri technology in Alibaba Cloud,” said Dangermond. “This has been possible as both organisations have engineered interoperable and compatible technology, based on industry standards. The agreement will now bring our engineers together to collaborate on shared initiatives that deliver the next wave of location intelligence innovation on the cloud.”
    • Esri’s sole authorized distributor in Mainland China, Esri China, has a proven track record in helping customers implement Esri technology on Alibaba Cloud. The Ningxia Land and Resources Bureau has built their own foundational geospatial data platform using Esri’s ArcGIS Enterprise technology on Alibaba Cloud. The customer has consolidated their electronic map data, imagery, survey and 3-dimensional data in to a “one stop” catalogue used by all functions and levels of the Ningxia Autonomous Region government.
    • Esri China’s President, Frances Ho, has witnessed the rapid migration of location intelligence capabilities to Cloud infrastructure, and believes that this will continue. “Organizations are rapidly adopting geographic information systems (GIS) and combining it with the strong capabilities of cloud technology,” said Ho. “Our users already rely on ArcGIS Enterprise and Alibaba Cloud to do this reliably and efficiently, using world-class innovation from our GIS experts in China, the United States, and around the world.”
    • About Alibaba Cloud
      As the cloud computing arm and the business unit of Alibaba Group (NYSE: BABA), Alibaba Cloud provides a comprehensive suite of global cloud computing services to power both our international customers' online businesses and Alibaba Group's own e-commerce ecosystem. Alibaba Cloud's International operations are registered and headquartered in Singapore, and the company has international teams stationed in Dubai, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, London, New York, Paris, San Mateo, Seoul, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, India, and Sydney.
    • About Esri
      Esri, the global market leader in geographic information system (GIS) software, offers the most powerful mapping and spatial analytics technology available. Since 1969, Esri has helped customers unlock the full potential of data to improve operational and business results. Today, Esri software is deployed in more than 350,000 organizations including the world's largest cities, most national governments, 75 percent of Fortune 500 companies, and more than 7,000 colleges and universities. Esri engineers the most advanced solutions for digital transformation, the Internet of Things (IoT), and location analytics to inform the most authoritative maps in the world. Visit us at esri.com.
    • Copyright © 2018 Esri. All rights reserved. Esri, the Esri globe logo, The Science of Where, esri.com, and @esri.com are trademarks, service marks, or registered marks of Esri in the United States, the European Community, or certain other jurisdictions. Other companies and products or services mentioned herein may be trademarks, service marks, or registered marks of their respective mark owners.
    Alibaba Cloud Announces Cooperation with NVIDIA GPU Cloud (NGC) at The Computing Conference – Shenzhen Summit
    March 2018
    • At the 2018 Computing Conference Shenzhen Summit on March 28, Alibaba Cloud announced the cooperation with NVIDIA GPU Cloud (NGC). Now, developers can download the NVIDIA GPU Cloud image from the Alibaba Cloud Marketplace and run NGC containers to use the NVIDIA GPU computing platform on Alibaba Cloud. NGC containers can be used to access NVIDIA optimized deep learning software, HPC applications, NVIDIA HPC visualization tools, and applications of partners. Alibaba Cloud is the first cloud provider to integrate NGC GPU-accelerated containers in China
    • GPU for Artificial Intelligence Research
      Currently, more than one million engineers around the world are engaged in artificial intelligence (AI), and they are in great need of latest deep learning frameworks and convenient development environments. In the past, software integration jobs such as driver installation and library compiling are time consuming and labor intensive. Now, the GPU computing platform on Alibaba Cloud can work with NGC to significantly reduce the development environment provisioning time.
    • Benefits of NVIDIA GPU Cloud
      NGC can help developers access deep learning containers for free. Deep learning frameworks, including Caffe, Caffe2, CNTK, MXNet, TensorFlow, Theano, and Torch, are pre-integrated, tested, and optimized for NVIDIA GPU, removing the need for manual integration.
    • The NGC containers on Alibaba Cloud enable developers to quickly access deep learning frameworks, saving a lot of time in product development and service deployment. Users can establish their own AI applications by using Alibaba Cloud and NGC containers.
    • Research Initiatives by Alibaba Cloud
      Since 2015, Alibaba Cloud has launched a series of heterogeneous acceleration platforms for the Elastic GPU cloud computing service, to offer global acceleration capabilities for the AI industry in various scenarios. In November 2017, Alibaba Cloud launched GN6, the first instance with NVIDIA® Tesla® V100 GPUs in China, which improves the deep learning performance multiple folds. Now, several million developers are gaining their deep learning and AI development abilities by leveraging Alibaba Cloud.
    • As AI has been industrialized, turning the latest AI technology into productivity becomes one of core demands of enterprises. To enable complex and cutting-edge AI technologies to be more widely used, Alibaba Cloud has launched various solutions such as the machine learning algorithm platform PAI and ET Brain while improving the cloud infrastructure. These solutions help enterprises innovate more easily, and enable computing and AI technologies to better serve people.
    Alibaba Cloud Establishes the Hong Kong and Macau Eco Alliance to Champion Regional Digital Transformation
    March 2018
    • Partnerships throughout cloud network strengthened at first Hong Kong Eco Summit
      Hong Kong, March 7, 2018 – Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of the Alibaba Group, today hosted the Alibaba Cloud Eco Summit Hong Kong 2018, to advance data technology development and drive new opportunities in the regional cloud ecosystem. This is the first time that this event has been held in Hong Kong, and the company marked the Summit by inaugurating the Alibaba Cloud Hong Kong and Macau Eco Alliance, an open program that provides enterprises across industries with access to Alibaba Cloud’s extensive suite of solutions and international partners.
    • The one-day Summit, sponsored by Intel, attracted nearly 500 representatives from private enterprises, public institutions, technology developers, channel partners and startups. Speakers shared their insights on the current adoption and trends of cloud technology and the role they each play in the ecosystem ultimately hastening the digital transformation of the economy. Intel demonstrated Turbo Rack with the latest Xeon® Scalable Processors and the disruptive Intel® Optane™ technology which bring significant improvement to rack density, energy efficiency and performance scalability, and help cloud customers to achieve better TCO and user experience.
    • Leo Liu, General Manager of Alibaba Cloud Hong Kong, Macau and Korea said: “Since 2014, when our first data center was established in Hong Kong, the commitment to partners and customers in this market has been driving us in relentlessly advancing technologies and enthusiastically introducing new products and services. In Greater China and North Asia, data technology is transforming the way business is conducted and customers are engaged. We firmly believe a thriving ecosystem will empower the adoption of cloud and data intelligence to a fuller extent. This will enable businesses to access an extensive suite of data solutions, and to foster deeper collaboration between technology partners and our rapidly growing market of local customers.”
    • The Hong Kong and Macau Eco Alliance will become the largest cloud ecosystem in the region with thousands of Alibaba Cloud’s partners and customers participating in a holistic range of expertise. This will include digital transformation in the vertical industries, academic research, technology innovation and marketplace enhancement.
    • To assist enterprises by providing the tools needed for business growth and success in the digital era, Alibaba Cloud has invested substantial resources in building out a global cloud services network and digital infrastructure in Hong Kong and Macau. In addition to the two data centers already established in Hong Kong, this new regional Ecosystem Alliance can bring together corporates, distributors, developers, start-ups and training organizations onto one integrated and open platform. This will enable local customers on Alibaba Cloud to easily deploy cloud infrastructure as well as gain access to various technology partners worldwide in a convenient manner.
    • Alibaba Cloud’s data storage and processing capacity in Hong Kong has doubled in the past four years since the company established its first data center in the city. It is now one of the largest public cloud providers in the region, serving a wide range of clients in aviation, finance, logistics, media and retail, including South China Morning Post, Cathay Pacific Airways, Pacific Coffee, I.T, PCCW Global and Equinix.
    • About Alibaba Cloud
      Established in 2009, Alibaba Cloud (www.alibabacloud.com), 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.
    Red Hat Enterprise Linux Now Globally Available on Alibaba Cloud Marketplace
    February 2018
    • As a Red Hat Certified Cloud and Service Provider, Alibaba Cloud now offers Red Hat Enterprise Linux in its Marketplace
      Hangzhou, China, February 22, 2018 – Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group, today announced that Red Hat Enterprise Linux, the enterprise open source operating system developed by the world’s leading open source solutions provider Red Hat, is now available globally in the Alibaba Cloud Marketplace on a pay-as-you-go basis, bringing more choice and flexibility to customers of both Alibaba Cloud and Red Hat globally.
    • Red Hat Enterprise Linux provides a stable foundation for modernizing IT infrastructure, on which enterprises and developers can roll out new applications, virtualize environments and create a hybrid cloud to deploy Red Hat’s certified open source solutions. Users can also customize their versions with add-on functionality from Alibaba, including desktop options and developer tools.
    • Alibaba Cloud and Red Hat entered into a collaboration to leverage each other’s infrastructure and solutions in October 2017. Since then, Alibaba Cloud has completed the certification process to officially become a Red Hat Certified Cloud and Service Provider. Being certified means that Alibaba Cloud is recognized as a provider that can offer a safer, scalable, supported and consistent environment for enterprise cloud deployments, as well as Red Hat-tested and validated open source solutions.
    • Customers of Alibaba Cloud and Red Hat, along with independent software vendors (ISVs) and developers across the globe, can benefit from this collaboration in the following ways:
    • • Gaining access to reliable and flexible Red Hat Enterprise Linux at a trusted destination;
    • • Having greater confidence that their IT implementations on cloud begin with a solid foundation;
    • • Using Red Hat Enterprise Linux on-demand, paying only for what they use, when they need it
    • Yeming Wang, General Manager of Alibaba Cloud Europe said: “Alibaba Cloud is excited to offer Red Hat Enterprise Linux on our marketplace globally, as this is a recognition of Alibaba Cloud’s capability to provide a more secure, scalable, and stable environment to modernize businesses. By working with Red Hat, we can provide our customers with a powerful and reliable platform capable of deploying cloud architectures to support the current and future business demands of digital transformation for enterprises.”
    • Mike Ferris, vice president, Technical Business Development and Business Architecture, Red Hat said: “With Alibaba Cloud’s global reach, having Red Hat Enterprise Linux on Alibaba Cloud Marketplace offers customers greater flexibility in the hybrid cloud. At the heart of our business is the desire and commitment to provide a greater choice of solutions in the cloud. Working with one of the world’s leading public cloud services providers helps us take another step towards that goal.”
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    Elastic Partners with Alibaba Cloud to Deliver Elasticsearch on Alibaba Cloud
    October 2017
    • The new service will include Elastic’s Elasticsearch, Kibana, and X-Pack features
      Elastic, the company behind Elasticsearch, and the Elastic Stack, the most widely used collection of open source products for solving mission-critical use cases like search, logging, and analytics, today announced a new partnership with Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group, to deliver a joint hosted Elasticsearch offering on Alibaba Cloud for the China market. Unveiled today during a keynote at The Computing Conference 2017, the new service , Alibaba Cloud Elasticsearch, will allow Alibaba Cloud customers to deploy Elastic’s powerful real-time search, ingestion, and analytical features as a hosted and turnkey solution.
    • "As a leading global cloud provider, Alibaba Cloud always aims to offer our customers access to the most advanced products on our platform to give them a competitive edge and to spur innovation," said Yeming Wang, Deputy General Manager, Alibaba Cloud Global. "Alibaba Cloud Elasticsearch will be a highly differentiated service as it uses Elastic's advanced search product and powerful X-Pack features across every tier of our service in a way that is easy to get started, consume, and manage."
    • Available immediately, Alibaba Cloud Elasticsearch can be accessed as a simple add-on to cloud computing services used by a customer. This new product will give developers a turnkey, hosted experience for embedding Elasticsearch's real-time search capabilities into their new and legacy applications, ingesting data into Alibaba Cloud Elasticsearch using Logstash or Beats, visualizing the real-time and historical data in Kibana dashboards, and automatically comes with Elastic's X-Pack features, such as security, alerting, monitoring, reporting, Graph analytics, and machine learning. Alibaba Cloud and Elastic will also work together on technical enablement, keeping the Alibaba Cloud Elasticsearch service up-to-date with the latest features, as well as making logging and other services available in the future.
    • "China is a growing market for us, and over the past few years, we've seen the Elasticsearch community organically expand to more than 5,000 developers," said Shay Banon, Elastic Founder and CEO. "By partnering with China's largest cloud provider, Alibaba Cloud, we will be able to jointly accelerate the pace of innovation for China's massive developer ecosystem to build, host, and manage their applications with Elasticsearch's real-time capabilities and our powerful X-Pack features like security, alerting, and machine learning."
    Alibaba Cloud attended 2017 SAP Live Business as a strategic partner
    September 2017
    • Dr. Min Wanli, AI scientist at Alibaba Cloud, delivered a keynote speech, in which he talked about the past and present of Alibaba Cloud and the achievements that have been made in its strategic partnership with SAP. The number of Alibaba Cloud's paying cloud computing customers has crossed the 1 million mark. According to research firms such as Gartner and IDC, Alibaba Cloud not only is the biggest cloud computing vendor in China, but also takes a leading position in the world. Now the focus of the partnership is being shifted to external customers. The two parties will work closer on the AI area, in a bid to create more value for customers by speeding up their digital transformation initiatives.
    • It is widely accepted that AI has the power to improve performance. How to harness AI to conduct market analysis and precision marketing has become a topic that CIOs think about. As noted by Dr. Min, Alibaba Cloud is looking to combine its big data and AI capabilities with the offerings from SAP, and thus to deliver smarter and more value-added business solutions to customers.
    • Sun Yao, technical director at the business cooperation department of Alibaba Cloud, delivered a speech titled The Story between SAP and Alibaba Cloud. Since their strategic partnership was announced at The Computing Conference 2016 in April 2016, the two parties have been working closely in SaaS, databases, enterprise applications, and industry-specific solutions.
    • Alibaba Cloud has been certified for SAP HANA, meaning that the customers can safely deploy and run their SAP HANA–based business systems on Alibaba Cloud. As part of the plan, Alibaba Cloud is also teaming up with SAP to facilitate the deployment of S/4 HANA ERP systems on Alibaba Cloud.
    • With the combination of SAP's rich experience in enterprise management software and Alibaba Cloud's strengths in elastic scalability, rapid deployment, high stability, and global infrastructure, customers can easily adapt to business changes and deploy their business systems more quickly. This also helps maintain the continuity and stability of their business systems, and reduce the costs for running IT systems.
    • During the two-day event, Alibaba Cloud attracted a large number of visitors to its booth. The enterprise-class SAP Hybris e-commerce solution was demonstrated and made a hit among the attendees.
    • In E-Commerce systems, the system load is often distributed randomly, and there could be huge difference between the load peak and the load valley. The demand for high, dynamic scalability has always been the biggest pain point in building e-commerce solutions. This scalability is required not just for computing resources, but for middleware and relational databases as well. With that in mind, Alibaba Cloud has established a comprehensive partnership with SAP, which not only covers cloud infrastructure, but also security and middleware. It is hoped that Alibaba Cloud's proven technologies like Enterprise Distributed Application Service (EDAS) and Distributed Relational Database Service (DRDS) will be leveraged to bring the highest possible elasticity and scalability to SAP Hybris e-commerce systems, and thereby serve customers better.
    • SAP's flagship products including SAP HANA One, SAP Cloud for Customer, and SAP Business By Design are now available in the Alibaba Cloud market. As the partnership goes further, more SAP enterprise applications will be made available on Alibaba Cloud to support the needs of customers.
    Alibaba Cloud Officially Supports HashiCorp Packer and Terraform
    August 2017
    • We are excited to announce Alibaba Cloud’s support for HashiCorp's core packaging and infrastructure provisioning tools - Packer and Terraform. Users can now use these tools to speedily deploy their applications and infrastructure on Alibaba Cloud.
    • Customers across the world have adopted HashiCorp’s core provisioning tools to improve their application delivery workflows across heterogeneous environments. With the support of Terraform and Packer, Alibaba Cloud customers can have the same powerful workflows to manage their global infrastructure. As a result, customers can save time and cost on infrastructure management, and focus on delivering business-critical needs.
    • Read on to learn more about the HashiCorp workflow for infrastructure automation on Alibaba Cloud.
    Haivision Low Latency Video Streaming Solutions Now Available on Alibaba Cloud
    June 2017
    • Haivision, a market leader in enterprise video and streaming solutions, announced that the Haivision Media Gateway is now available on Alibaba Cloud, bringing low latency, cloud-based video transport and distribution solutions to customers in China and APAC Markets.
    • As the first of many Haivision solutions to be available on Alibaba Cloud, the Haivision Media Gateway helps broadcasters and enterprises easily and securely transport high-quality video over the Internet and corporate networks for live backhaul and distribution. An important component in Haivision’s suite of end-to-end video streaming solutions, the Haivision Media Gateway enables organizations to take video streams from one network environment and send them into any other network, including LANs, MPLS, satellite IP, and the public Internet.
    • The Haivision Media Gateway is powered by Haivision’s SRT (Secure Reliable Transport) technology which optimizes live video transport across unpredictable networks by assuring quality-of-service when faced with packet loss, jitter, latency, and fluctuating bandwidth. The Haivision Media Gateway with SRT utilizes the Internet as a means to bridge facilities for live video transport, offering significant operational flexibility and cost savings over satellite or custom network infrastructures.
    • “Over the past year, Haivision’s presence in APAC has grown significantly with the opening of our new Chinese office based in Shanghai, increasing demand for enterprise video and streaming solutions, and new customers,” said Mirko Wicha, President and Chief Executive Officer at Haivision. “By leveraging Alibaba Cloud’s powerful cloud computing technology and extensive business coverage, we expect to further grow our business in APAC and other markets, and give our customers efficient, flexible and scalable video workflows.”
    • About Haivision
      Haivision, a private company founded in 2004, provides media management and video streaming solutions that help the world’s leading organizations communicate, collaborate and educate. Haivision is recognized as one of the most influential companies in video by Streaming Media and one of the fastest growing companies by Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500. Haivision is headquartered in Montreal and Chicago, with regional offices located throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and South America. Learn more at haivision.com.
    Alibaba Cloud and Docker — Strategic Partnership Agreement on the Provisioning of Container Service to Enterprise Clients
    October 2016
    • Hangzhou, October 13 – At The Computing Conference 2016, Alibaba Cloud and Docker, a global leader in container services, reached an agreement on a strategic cooperation in the area of container service. With this partnership, Alibaba Cloud can now provide clients with even more advanced cloud application management services.
    • With this partnership, both parties will work together to develop open-source container technology and to deliver localized Docker services to clients. Docker has chosen Alibaba Cloud to provide infrastructure services for its Docker Hub in China. Alibaba Cloud has also obtained the rights to operate the Commercial Docker Engine and the Docker Datacenter, and is bringing enterprise-class support and consultation services to Docker's clients. This partnership also makes Alibaba Cloud an official Docker cloud services provider.
    • The Docker technology is one of the most popular open-source technologies in recent years. Docker is currently being used to transform the entire life cycle of enterprise applications – from development to build, release, and run. Previously, Docker has partnered with other technology giants, but Alibaba Cloud is Docker's first official partner in China.
    • Alibaba Cloud began to provide container service in 2015, and has since then gained significant technical expertise and made sustained investments in container technology. Alibaba Cloud provides a diverse array of container-related solutions such as DevOps and microservices. This allows enterprise clients to achieve lower costs of maintenance as well as enhance delivery efficiency up to 13 times by upgrading their applications in a more reliable, efficient, and secure manner. With the "build once, run anywhere" feature of container service, Alibaba Cloud helps clients seamlessly migrate applications into the cloud environment.
    • The introduction of services like Docker Hub to China will deliver a better experience to Chinese developers and facilitate the growth of China's technical community. Alibaba Cloud's powerful cloud infrastructure will greatly enhance the user experience of Docker Hub for domestic users.
    • Beijing Genomics Institute (BGI) is currently making use of Alibaba Cloud's container service to build an application development and sharing platform for genetic data. Additionally, Nanjing Router Software Co., Ltd. is conducting its DevOps process using Alibaba Cloud's container service in order to provide SaaS services to its enterprise clients. The developers at Xueba100 are also deploying microservices and optimizing the DevOps process using the container service.
    • "We are very happy to bring Docker's container technology, the Commercial Docker Engine, and the Docker Datacenter to China,” said Ben Golub, CEO of Docker. "We have chosen an industry-leading partner so that we will be able to provide even better services to our shared clients."
    • "Through our strategic partnership with Docker, Alibaba Cloud will be able to provide enterprise clients with a comprehensive suite of cloud services, and empower our clients to realize the transformation made necessary by new technologies," noted Simon Hu, President of Alibaba Cloud.
    Alibaba Cloud Announces Plans for Strategic Partnership with SAP
    April 2016
    • Shenzhen, China, April 20, 2016 - Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group today announced plans to enter into a strategic partnership with SAP China, with a goal of jointly delivering enterprise-class cloud computing services to companies in China. The alliance aims to accelerate the introduction and adoption of enterprise-class cloud computing across multiple industries to help businesses accelerate their digital transformation.
    • The partnership initially plans to focus on integrating the resources of Alibaba Cloud and SAP on the Alibaba Cloud platform. Businesses are expected to benefit from a versatile, one-stop-shop cloud computing environment that is enabled by Alibaba Cloud’s high-reliability and high-performance cloud infrastructure, SAP’s world-leading enterprise-class database and business application solutions and SAP’s software-as-a-service (SaaS) offerings -- all interoperating seamlessly.
    • Alibaba Cloud intends to collaborate with SAP to jointly market and deploy SAP HANA One and SAP’s SaaS solutions, enabling businesses to reap the benefits of SAP applications and Alibaba Cloud’s powerful cloud computing resources more conveniently.
    • Mark Gibbs, President of SAP Greater China said, “Alibaba Cloud is China’s leading public cloud platform, and SAP is deeply focused on deploying its cloud portfolio and services in China. Through this win-win partnership in the Cloud, we will collaboratively grow the ecosystem and bring more innovative cloud solutions to China market. Together, we will help enterprises to simplify their IT infrastructure, realize business value and accelerate digital transformation.”
    • Simon Hu, President of Alibaba Cloud said, "Alibaba Cloud is delighted to work with SAP on a strategic alliance that will help Chinese companies and businesses around the world in their transformation from Internet Technology (IT) to the emerging age of Data Technology (DT). Cloud computing has become the basis of a new economy based on data, driving technological innovations that push the traditional boundaries of business farther than ever before and creating greater value for all stakeholders. Together, Alibaba Cloud and SAP will seek to build a unified ecosystem that makes cloud computing more accessible to businesses and organizations everywhere and converts computing power into commercial benefit."
    • Alibaba Cloud is one of the world's leading cloud computing platforms, and China's largest, with services covering more than 200 countries and regions. Alibaba Cloud provides cloud computing and big data services to more than 1.8 million users in the finance, transportation, genomics, medical and meteorological industries. In the course of service fulfillment Alibaba Cloud has handled challenging scenarios involving massive numbers of transactions with ease, including during the Tmall “Double 11” Global Shopping Festival and rail ticket sales for the Spring Festival on 12306.cn.
    • About Alibaba Cloud
      Established in September 2009, Alibaba Cloud (www.alibabacloud.com), Alibaba Group’s cloud computing arm, develops highly scalable platforms for cloud computing and data management. It provides a comprehensive suite of cloud computing services to support participants of Alibaba Group’s online and mobile commerce ecosystem, including sellers, and other third-party customers and businesses. Alibaba Cloud is a business within Alibaba Group.
    Alibaba Cloud Partners with NVIDIA for Artificial Intelligence
    January 2016
    • Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing business of Alibaba Group, China’s largest ecommerce company, became the latest major player to turn to GPUs to speed up its artificial intelligence efforts.
    • Alibaba Cloud announced this week that it will work with NVIDIA to broadly promote the first GPU-accelerated, cloud-based, high performance computing platform in China.
    • It will pitch these cloud-based GPU offerings to its customers — primarily fast-growing startups — for AI and HPC work.
    • The AI Boom Goes Global
      The announcement will accelerate an AI boom that kicked off when researchers plugged the vast quantities of data generated by the Internet into new computer architectures that give machines the ability to teach themselves to do complex tasks.
    • The creation of intelligent machines that can learn like humans do is revolutionizing a broad range of industries. But training the deep neural networks to power new AI applications can take weeks or months on even the most powerful computers.
    • GPUs can slash this time to days. That helps developers innovate faster and train more sophisticated networks so they can deliver more powerful AI capabilities to consumers. That’s why major Internet companies like Alibaba are flocking to GPUs.
    • Accelerating AI with the Tesla Accelerated Computing Platform
      The Alibaba Cloud HPC service will give users access to NVIDIA Tesla K40 GPUs to power a range of HPC, AI and deep learning applications.
    • Alibaba Cloud and NVIDIA will also establish a joint lab for research and technology development. The lab will provide Alibaba Cloud users with services and support to help them take advantage of GPU-accelerated computing to create deep learning and other HPC applications.
    • Our goal: to expand the market for deep learning by using the cloud to give innovators access to the latest GPU-accelerated computing technologies. We’re confident the results will amaze us all.
    Strikingly
    • Background
      Strikingly is an online platform for building websites and a graduate from the Y Combinator seed accelerator. Strikingly allows users - with little or no development experience - to create mobile optimized websites within minutes. The company takes a mobile-first approach, allowing users to create websites that are enhanced for viewing across all devices including desktops, tablets, and smartphones.
    • Challenges
      As an international website building platform, obtaining an ICP license for China is very important to our users. The actual process of obtaining an ICP license though is quite complex. With Alibaba Cloud’s built-in and easy-to-follow ICP application process, it has helped with our user experience a lot. Also, we switched from another CDN provider to Alibaba Cloud because the previous CDN network was a bit spotty and can be slow sometimes in some areas. Alibaba Cloud CDN has solved this problem for us.
    • Why Alibaba Cloud?
      Strikingly is an international product. To enter the China market, we decided to port and build a fully localized product in China and Alibaba Cloud is one of the top providers for us to choose from. We eventually chose it because it provides the best solution to the problems we were trying to solve. Alibaba Cloud is a leading cloud provider in China and has the biggest potential to become a global leader, so we have the confidence that we can have more integration with Alibaba Cloud in China and globally in the future.
    • Results
      There were two things that impressed me the most.
    • One thing is the smooth ICP application process Alibaba Cloud provides. Our users all use this process to apply for ICP for their own domains, and they all think the process is easy for them.
    • The other thing is the CDN service. We needed a local CDN service to speed up our assets and user sites, and we tried all major CDN providers in China. According to my benchmark result, Alibaba Cloud wins on the number of edge servers, average response time, average download speed in all major ISPs and provinces. It also has developer-friendly API for us to automate our solution.
    • Final Word
      I can see Alibaba Cloud is very eager to improve itself, which is extremely important in the tech world, and it is moving quite fast. With more and better services provided from Alibaba Cloud, more and more startups can just focus on the product and leverage the latest technologies more easily than ever.
    Zhuyun
    • Background
      Founded in 2013, Zhuyun is a leading cloud services provider in China and a trusted partner to 2,000+ organizations. As an Alibaba Cloud Premier Partner, we are dedicated to helping clients achieve their business and IT objectives utilizing Alibaba Cloud products and services. Our own services include Cloud Strategy, System Architecture Design, System Migration, Deployment, 24/7 Monitoring, Maintenance, Business Solutions, Hybrid Cloud Management, and more. Whether you’re completely new to Alibaba Cloud and need guidance on how to begin your cloud journey or already have an Alibaba Cloud environment that you wish to optimize, we are here to help.
    • Challenges
      With the rapid development of technology, more and more of our clients are looking for new and cost-effective approaches to access IT services. Our clients not only realize the transformational potential of cloud computing - whether it's moving into new markets, launching new products, or improving IT efficiency - but they also acknowledge the complexity of migrating to the cloud. This complex process includes significant implications to the client’s business operations and IT infrastructure. Under such circumstances, Zhuyun needs to develop new business models and cloud-based solutions to meet clients’ growing needs.
    • Why Alibaba Cloud?
      Zhuyun has a valued and long-term partnership with Alibaba Cloud that dates back to 2009 when Alibaba Cloud first launched. Since this time, we have focused on growing our technical competencies to complement Alibaba Cloud’s own technological advancements. The reason we choose to work with Alibaba Cloud is their status as China’s largest and most advanced cloud computing platform, their extensive and proven expertise, along with their 2.3+ million customers and 500,000+ paying customers. In this regard, Alibaba Cloud holds a very clear advantage.
    • As an Alibaba Cloud Premier Partner, Zhuyun offers a range of software solutions to sellers (or ISVs) of all sizes, such as Standalone Deployment (Image, Docker, and Resource Orchestration), Application Software (SaaS), PaaS (API), Manual Service Products (services with supervised templates). Our flagship store on the Alibaba Cloud Marketplace will help to extend our sales channels and offer powerful technical, business, and marketing support to help our partners establish, manage, and grow a successful business on Alibaba Cloud.
    • Results
      With technological support from Alibaba Cloud, Zhuyun has helped more than 2,000 clients rapidly implement new services. This frees up customers to focus on their core business rather than be impeded by IT obstacles. Our experience with 2,000+ clients has also helped improve our own technological capabilities and ability to serve complex cases. The cost-saving integration process of our services, as well as our customer service ensure strong support for our partners.
    • At present, we have launched 80+ images and 20+ SaaS products on the Alibaba Cloud Marketplace. Meanwhile, we have recently been working with a leading USA ITSM company to build an Alibaba Cloud-based SaaS product offered on Marketplace. End-users can buy from Alibaba Cloud Marketplace and use this software on their site.
    • Final Word
      In addition to being an Alibaba Cloud Premier Partner, Zhuyun is also an authorized Alibaba Cloud Service and Training Center. This demonstrates Zhuyun’s unrivaled commitment to delivering excellence and leveraging the latest capabilities from Alibaba Cloud’s technology suite. We have full confidence in our promising partnership with Alibaba Cloud. The agility, elasticity, and efficiency delivered by Alibaba Cloud will provide a huge benefit to our entire product platform as we constantly upgrade our cloud-based services.