Alibaba spinoff moves further into the cloud
E-commerce conglomerate Alibaba Group Holding Ltd will extend its cloud-computing services to overseas markets in March, as it attempts to grab a share of the public cloud arena from archrivals such as Amazon.com Inc and Microsoft Corp.
Aliyun, Alibaba's spinoff cloud-computing division, is scheduled to set up data centers outside China to provide cloud-computing services to local enterprises and Chinese companies' overseas operations, the company announced on Tuesday.
By building platforms for companies to manage and store data in the cloud, Aliyun will become the first Chinese company to reach out to the foreign public cloud segment, days after its US counterpart Amazon announced the launch of a similar services in China.
"After five years of development and three years of commercialization, Aliyun is able to provide sustainable services to customers, backed by its resourceful parent, Alibaba," said Aliyun director Zhang Jing.
The service recently gained the world's first gold certification for cloud security from the British Standards Institute, a business standards company, which further guarantees its reliability, Zhang noted.
Zhang declined to disclose the first destination for Aliyun's global outreach. But he implied two options: the United States (Amazon's birthplace) or Southeast Asia, thanks to its proximity to domestic businesses.
As the country's largest cloud-computing platform, Aliyun provides cloud computing services for hundreds of thousands of Chinese websites and e-commerce vendors, banks, game developers and others.
Three-fourths of the 188 million orders generated from the Nov 11 online sales day were processed by the Alibaba cloud-computing system.
Alibaba has made a consistent push into domestic cloud- computing enterprises. In September, Alibaba acquired personal cloud storage service Kanbox.
In August, ChinaSoft International Ltd announced a strategic agreement with Aliyun and the Lishui municipal government for a State-funded cloud project in Zhejiang province.
Aliyun may team up with local telecom carriers to avoid local regulatory restrictions, Zhang noted.