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Alibaba Cloud signals global ambition with strategy shift, unveils new chip and signs on new partners

Benjamin Cher
Benjamin Cher11/1/2019 07:00 AM GMT+08  • 8 min read
Alibaba Cloud signals global ambition with strategy shift, unveils new chip and signs on new partners
SINGAPORE (Nov 4): In a dark cavernous hall located in the eastern Chinese city of Hangzhou, rows of sharply suited businessmen and casually dressed attendees sat expectantly. As loud rock music boomed from the speakers, an emcee emerged to hype up the cr
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SINGAPORE (Nov 4): In a dark cavernous hall located in the eastern Chinese city of Hangzhou, rows of sharply suited businessmen and casually dressed attendees sat expectantly. As loud rock music boomed from the speakers, an emcee emerged to hype up the crowd.

It was a rather boisterous affair, considering that it was part of Alibaba Cloud’s (AliCloud) Apsara Conference 2019. The three-day event held in September attracted more than 100,000 people.

The conference, now in its 10th year, is AliCloud’s signature event showcasing its latest R&D. This year’s affair was the company’s biggest yet and featured everything from the usual round of speeches and drone demonstrations to an amusing musical number about — what else — cloud computing.

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