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.

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