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Alibaba Cloud revamps hybrid cloud strategy to boost enterprise cloud adoption

Felicia Tan
Felicia Tan • 2 min read
Alibaba Cloud revamps hybrid cloud strategy to boost enterprise cloud adoption
Derek Wang, general manager of Alibaba Cloud SG feels "there is no better time for SMEs... to embrace a hybrid cloud strategy."
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Alibaba Group’s digital technology and intelligence arm, Alibaba Cloud, has revamped its hybrid cloud strategy to boost compatibility, security, compliance, scalability and reliability with its newly upgraded product offerings and Hybrid Cloud Partner Programme.

In a Dec 3 statement, Alibaba says it has launched new appliances to support the private cloud utilisation needs of businesses, especially small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

To support timely and cost-effective hybrid cloud backup, Alibaba Cloud launched a physical server that’s integrated with the Hybrid Backup Recovery (HBR) solution that’s equipped 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 disc also ensures a safe and stable operating environment for users without consuming extra computing resources,” says the group.

The Hybrid Cloud Storage Array (HCSA) appliance is an enterprise level storage that blends in with the Alibaba Cloud storage service, which means it connects the local storage with the elastic, scalable and unlimited public cloud storage to create a smooth hybrid cloud environment.

With the appliance, customers can easily implement cross team file management and collaboration, unified heterogeneous storage management, and storage extension from local server to public cloud.

Under the Hybrid Cloud Partner Programme, Alibaba has currently partnered with global companies including DXC Technology, Equinix, HPE, Arrow Electronics, Blue Power Technology and Sen Spirit.

“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,” says Kevin Li, hybrid cloud business general manager at Alibaba Cloud Intelligence.

“There is no better opportunity than now for SMEs in Singapore and the SEA region to embrace a hybrid cloud strategy to balance their rapid innovation needs and manage business-critical data seamlessly while keeping business compliance requirements at the top of the business agenda. Armed with the hybrid cloud, SMEs can accelerate their digital transformation journeys meaningfully,” adds Derek Wang, general manager of Alibaba Cloud in Singapore.

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