How good is Alibaba Cloud Security

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The big players in the global cloud business are becoming more and more powerful, while smaller providers are losing ground. This development has been observable for a number of years. At least on an international scale, the cloud arm of the Chinese Alibaba Group is also one of the really big ones. If one believes the relevant market forecasts, the industry leader Amazon Web Services will continue to grow in the area of ​​Cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS). But the pursuers Microsoft, Google and Alibaba are growing much faster.

The market research and consulting company Gartner refers in particular to the high growth rates of Alibaba Cloud and its dominant position in the Chinese home market. The augurs can even imagine that in ten years only two key players will dominate the global market: AWS and Alibaba.

That may sound like a bold forecast, but the numbers from Alibaba Cloud so far are quite impressive. In the 2018 fiscal year, the cloud provider, which was only founded in 2009, managed to double its revenue compared to the previous year to the equivalent of $ 2.135 billion. According to the company, more than a million paying customers are already using services from the Alibaba Cloud.

The provider has continuously expanded its international presence in recent years. The 44 Availability Zones meanwhile not only extend across China, Hong Kong or Singapore, but also cover regions worldwide: Europe and the USA are just as much a part of them as India, Japan, Australia and the Middle East. In November 2016, Alibaba Cloud and its partner Vodafone opened the first data center in Europe in Frankfurt am Main. A second Availability Zone was launched there in February 2018.

Alibaba Cloud relies on the home advantage

Yeming Wang made it clear to COMPUTERWOCHE how serious Alibaba is about its ambitions in the German cloud market. The Deputy General Manager Alibaba Cloud Global speaks of "killer weapons" with which one wants to conquer not only the German, but also the global market. On the one hand, there is the global presence of Alibaba Cloud, which also includes the Chinese market.

Other cloud “hyperscalers” such as AWS or Google could only be active there to a very limited extent. With the support of the Chinese government, Alibaba could also help internationally active companies expand into China - a privilege that US competitors will probably be denied in the long run.

In technical terms, Wang wants to score points in particular with its broad portfolio of AI (artificial intelligence) services. This will enable you to support German companies in their digital transformation. Alibaba primarily relies on industry-specific versions of its "ET Brain" AI program. Initial solutions are intended to address potential customers from the manufacturing, retail and financial sectors. So far, only the partner Vodafone has been responsible for marketing the cloud services in Germany. In the future, the management wants to gain further sales partners, including Managed Service Providers (MSP).