Alibaba Cloud in Hybrid Cloud Upgrade

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Alibaba Cloud, the digital technology and intelligence backbone of Alibaba Group, has revamped its hybrid cloud strategy to focus on enhanced compatibility, security, compliance, scalability, and reliability.

Leveraging existing technology relationships with partners such as Equinix and DXC Technology, the newly upgraded product offerings and Alibaba’s Hybrid Cloud Partner Program are designed to help businesses, particularly small and medium enterprises (SME) transform digitally and take advantage of the public cloud’s highly elastic, scalable and available characteristics.

To support timely and cost-effective hybrid cloud backup, Alibaba Cloud has launched a physical server to integrate with Hybrid Backup Recovery (HBR) solution with embedded backup capabilities to the public cloud.

The appliance acts as a bridge between customers' on-premise servers and the public cloud without compromising network security and efficiency. Its dual power source, network ports, and hot backup disk also ensure a safe and stable operating environment for users without consuming extra computing resources.

The Hybrid Cloud Storage Array (HCSA) appliance is enterprise-level storage. It blends in with the Alibaba Cloud storage service thereby connecting the local storage with the elastic, scalable, and unlimited public cloud storage to create a smooth hybrid cloud environment with ease of operation.

HCSA supports multiple hybrid cloud modes such as cloud caching, replication, tiering, and snapshots with its fully redundant hardware design to ensure there is no single point of failure during operation. With HCSA, customers can easily implement cross-team file management and collaboration, unified heterogeneous storage management, and storage extension from local server to the public cloud.

Kevin Li, hybrid cloud business general manager for Alibaba Cloud Intelligence, said, “A key observation from 2020 is that hybrid cloud deployments will accelerate in the time to come as it expedites the digital transformation requirements of businesses everywhere. At Alibaba Cloud, we are committed to making it easier for enterprises of any scale to accelerate their digital transformation requirements. We want to create an ecosystem for hybrid cloud partners so that together we can allow businesses to compete in the digital era.”

Michael Tsang, Senior Director, Partner Account Management, Equinix Asia-Pacific, said, “We have a long history of collaboration with Alibaba Cloud to meet digital leaders’ evolving needs for hybrid multicloud architecture. Through Equinix Fabric, enterprises can establish direct and scalable connections to Alibaba Cloud in 17 metros across the globe. Combining Alibaba Cloud’s solutions, including ZStack and Storage Array, with our global network and robust ecosystems of 2,900+ cloud and IT service providers, we enable enterprises to fast-track their digital advantage with an agile, secure, and cost-efficient IT infrastructure.”

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