How Alibaba Cloud’s new products will help enterprises analyse more data faster

How Alibaba Cloud’s new products will help enterprises analyse more data faster
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26 Feb, 2019

Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Chinese multinational the Alibaba Group, has launched seven new solutions and two new features for international markets at the 2019 Mobile World Congress.

According to a company statement, the new products are serverless computing, data analytics, global networking, high-performance storage, and an enterprise database.

The Internet behemoth’s cloud division also introduced Realtime Compute, a platform for its customers to process and support real-time decision making, such as for fraud detection, social analytics and quality of service (QoS) monitoring of telco networks

Besides this, Alibaba Cloud introduced an improved version of DataWorks for its customers to manage and analyse large corps of data and an updated MaxCompute 2.0, the company's multi-tenancy data processing platform which can now process 100 petabytes of data per day.

To help customers wishing to explore unstructured, heterogeneous data sets on-demand, Data Lake Analytics allows them to easily query petabytes of data in a serverless fashion with standard structured query language (SQL) and only pay for the amount of data scanned.

“Businesses around the world are increasingly relying on data intelligence to drive innovation, digitalise operations and delight customers,” said Henry Zhang, senior staff product manager of Alibaba Cloud International.

“We work with customers from many industries along this digital transformation journey. We are keen to turn our proven in-house technology into broadly applicable services and pass the benefits on to customers globally so they can quickly build applications on top, such as for 5G, edge computing, and IoT, and shorten the time-to-market,” he added.

In addition to the new products for data analytics, Alibaba Cloud introduced Cloud Parallel File System for customers developing file-based high-performance computing workloads such as autonomous driving for concurrency and better bandwidth.

Furthermore, Alibaba Cloud also introduced Elastic Container Instance that allows customer enterprises to easily manage containers without the complexity of developing clusters or managing servers.

Also, Global Connection Solution, a networking wizard, helps businesses easily deploy a reliable, low latency global network to support their international business operations.

“We believe in a virtuous cycle of building world-class infrastructure, deploying intelligent applications on that architecture, and using real-time analytics to make data-driven decisions,” said Yeming Wang, general manager, Alibaba Cloud EMEA. “In addition, we offer robust cross-border solutions for enterprises and ecosystem partners who are looking to expand globally and into the rapidly growing Asian markets. These proven and compliant solutions are already used by the Alibaba Group and we hope our customers can leverage our expertise to create more differentiated value for their end-customers,” he added.

According to the company statement, these solutions and services have already generated positive results for customers in China and are now becoming available to more international clients. With Alibaba Cloud present in India through its’ two data centres, these solutions and services aim to cater to a rapidly digitally transforming country which was the third biggest spender on public cloud services in 2018, according to research firm IDC.