Tech Crunch — Alibaba Group announced today that it will invest a further $1 billion into Aliyun, its cloud computing unit. The capital will be used to expand Aliyun, which currently has data centers in China, Hong Kong, and Silicon Valley, into other international markets. The company plans to target the Middle East, where it recently formed a joint venture with Dubai-based holding company Meraas, Singapore, Japan, and Europe.
China Tech News — Chinese e-commerce firm Alibaba says its Aliyun cloud computing subsidiary has a new data protection pact that supposedly protects user data. At an event held today in Beijing, Simon Hu, president of Aliyun, announced the pact and promised to abide by this pledge to protect user data and business data privacy for all of its international customers. Hu encouraged the entire Internet industry to exercise self-regulation that is vital in promoting the sustainable development of the data technology economy.
China Tech News — Huawei is ready to battle Alibaba’s Aliyun cloud service as Huawei plans to hold a launch event at the end of July 2015 to officially release its own public cloud computing services. Huawei’s rotating CEO and vice chairman Xu Zhijun disclosed in April that the company would soon launch its public cloud services to formally enter the Chinese information service industry, and now local Chinese media are confirming that the commencement will happen within two weeks.
Datacenter Knowledge — Ramping up its push into the US cloud services market, Chinese internet giant Alibaba’s cloud arm Aliyun is planning a second cloud data center on US soil. The announcement comes about four months after the company announced the launch of its first US data centerin Silicon Valley.
Business Finance News — Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. steps up as a competitor to Amazon.com, Inc. in the cloud computing industry; announcing its plans to increase its investment in data centers in the Middle East, US, and India. The e-commerce giant’s cloud computing arm, Aliyun released a “Data Protection Pact,” which entails the expansion into markets beyond China; customers using cloud computing platforms will have “absolute ownership” of their data, along with the right to share, transfer, exchange, delete, and access the content at any time.
Business Wire — BEIJING: Aliyun, Alibaba’s cloud computing subsidiary, issued a Data Protection Pact and rolled out 14 cloud products and 50 cloud solutions at its inaugural Data Technology (DT) Day today in Beijing. More than 2,000 elites, including developers, entrepreneurs, government agencies, traditional industry players, and Aliyun’s global partners participated in this event.
Want China Times — Although Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has not yet opened operations in the US, the rapid development of US e-retailer Amazon, particularly in cloud computing, poses a great challenge to Alibaba, the Shanghai-based China Business News reported. Alibaba created a miracle in September 2014 as its shares soared 38% on its first trading day after a record-breaking initial public offering (IPO) on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). The rise in its stocks sent the company’s value to over US$231 billion, exceeding the combined market capitalizations of Amazon and eBay, the two leading US e-commerce companies.
Datacenter Knowledge — Aliyun, the cloud services arm of Chinese web giantAlibaba, saw its Hong Kong data center go down for about 12 hours earlier this week, Caixin Online reported. Details about the cause of the outage are unavailable, and an Alibaba spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment. The company has offered two conflicting explanations about the outage, according to the report.
eWeek — Data center services provider Equinix will soon be doing a lot of business in the Far East, and its new partner, Alibaba’s Aliyun, will be doing the same in the U.S.The company signed an agreement earlier this month with Aliyun, the Alibaba Group Holding Limited’s cloud computing division, to provide direct access to Aliyun’s cloud platform via the Equinix Cloud Exchange in both Hong Kong and in Northern California.
Caixin — A data center in Hong Kong that is part of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.’s cloud computing Aliyun arm suffered a 14-hour disruption on June 21, and then gave different explanations for the problem. Some of Aliyun’s corporate clients began to notice they could not access their data about 9:30 a.m. Aliyun then said on Sina Weibo, China’s answer to Twitter, that the problem was due to a power outage.
E-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd is an underdog in the global cloud computing industry, but it has one thing going for it: it’s Chinese. Alibaba this week scored a minor deal with China’s northeastern port city of Dalian to build a cloud computing center and provide online government services such as bill payment. The pact is a small part of a growing portfolio of similar cloud services tie-ups between Alibaba and government bodies around China and comes against a backdrop of Beijing’s deepening paranoia about foreign technology.
Treading on new territory, Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. stock has been hovering in negative territory year-to-date. Reuters reports, according to experts, Alibaba’s ambitious expansion plans are paving way for an upward trend. Although Alibaba’s cloud computing service Aliyun is new, it has found a support system in the Chinese government. Alibaba bagged a cloud computing deal with the port city of Dalian in China. Based on the accords of the deal, Alibaba will be receiving assistance to set up a cloud computing center. Additionally, Alibaba will also be offering government services online.
Aliyun, the largest cloud computing services provider in mainland China, is looking to burnish its credentials in Hong Kong through an initiative that supports the business expansion of local start-ups. A subsidiary of e-commerce powerhouse Alibaba Group, Aliyun has formed partnerships with Hong Kong public utility Towngas as well as telecommunications and information technology giant PCCW to help provide local start-ups with a range of cloud computing services.
Singaporean government-linked corporations are notable for their investments and dealings abroad, as well as their portfolio management methods, which are held up as models for state-owned enterprises. State-owned Temasek Holdings, for instance is often noted has been the subject of an NUS-CIMA study. Meanwhile, GIC has been the subject of much research often focused on sovereign wealth funds. Singtel has joined a network of partnerships led by Intel and Alibaba Group, while GIC is sourcing for more investment opportunities in West Bengal. In the energy sector, the Singapore-listed Ezra Group has secured contracts worth $115 million.
Alibaba – the Chinese ecommerce giant – is expanding its IaaS cloud offering named Aliyun into the United States and in doing so will take on America’s largest ecommerce company, Amazon and its cloud computing division Amazon Web Services. Alibaba and Amazon each dominate their countries ecommerce markets, and they both lead the IaaS markets in their respective nations as well. Now, each company is looking to move on to each others’ home turf.
In its strongest push outside of China, Alibaba has struck a series of partnerships to bolster its global cloud offerings, putting it in direct competition with the likes of Amazon, Google and Microsoft. The deals – including one with Intel – will see Aliyun, Alibaba’s cloud division, use existing data centers built by the partner companies to push its own services. By not building new data centers Alibaba will save money and through the partnership be able to localize its cloud offering and tap potentially new markets.
HANGZHOU, China, Jun 07, 2015 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Aliyun, Alibaba Group’s cloud computing arm, today announced the launch of Marketplace Alliance Program (MAP), a global partnership program that provides enterprises with access to Aliyun’s full suite of cloud computing services and international partners. This new program will enable Aliyun to localize its cloud computing offerings by partnering with enterprises in different regions and provide localized hybrid cloud computing services to meet the regional needs of global developers.
Equinix is building that base out today with the announcement of a partnership between it and Alibaba Group Holding’s cloud computing arm. What that means is that organizations can obtain direct access to Aliyun (Alibaba’s cloud business’ trading name) platform via the Equinix Cloud Exchange in either Hong Kong or Silicon Valley. The focus of the partnership is one of helping Chinese and North American enterprises to gain dedicated secure access to all of Aliyun’s cloud services.
To expand its cloud computing business, China’s Alibaba Group is preparing to open more data centers across the world. In March, the Chinese Internet giant launched its first data center in the U.S., as part of a push into the country’s market. On Tuesday, Alibaba said it would establish data centers also in Europe, Japan, Southeast Asia and the Middle East. Simon Hu, president of Alibaba’s cloud computing arm, said a key goal was to globalize its operations, according to an interview posted online by the company.
Amazon, Microsoft and Alibaba are set to become the three leaders in the global cloud computing market, according to Chinese columnist Liu Kuang. Alibaba’s Aliyun cloud division recently set up operations in Silicon Valley in California and in Dubai, while rival cloud computing services, Amazon Web Services and Microsoft’s Azure, are expanding in China, Liu said. Aliyun, which controls nearly 25% of the cloud computing market in China, is the market leader in China and the main obstacle to the expansion of Amazon and Microsoft there, Liu said.