Alibaba was started in 1999 as an e-commerce platform for Chinese enterprise, especially small- and medium-sized ones (SMEs). In the past 20 years, it has grown tremendously. It is not just only a big company; it has now became an internet giant. It expands beyond e-commerce, with businesses across internet, technology, entertainment, financial technology as well as online payment.
In technology sector, Alibaba has launched Alibaba Cloud in 2009 providing various enterprise cloud services. It started with opening data centers in China then expanded overseas later.
Over 10 years of establishment, Alibaba Cloud has expanded its datacenter to numbers of cities around the globe, for instance Singapore, Hongkong, Japan, Europe and the UK as well as in Malaysia, India and Indonesia. Alibaba Cloud is extending services and capabilities outside of China at a rapid rate, targeting the wider Asia Pacific market to close the gap with industry rivals. And now, Alibaba Cloud has strengthen its position as global cloud service provider with over 56 availability zones across 19 regions globally.
Leading Asia Pacific Cloud Market
Today, Alibaba Cloud is leading with #1 market share in Asia Pacific region for consecutive years for its Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and Infrastructure Utility Services (IUS). Regarding to Gartner’s report “Market Share: IT Services 2018”, Alibaba Cloud dominates Asia Pacific market with its IAAS and IUS by 19.6% market share, followed by Amazon Web Services (AWS) with 11% and Microsoft Azure with 8%.
According to analyst firm GlobalData, Alibaba Cloud had already offered more than 240 business vertical solutions in China. It is expected that the solutions would be rolled out beyond China market to support the digital transformations of customers in more markets.
For its global expansion, Alibaba Cloud has also partnered with important telecom alliances such as Singtel, SK Telecom, Vodafone as well as Indonet in Indonesia.
Alibaba Cloud rolled an initiative called ASEAN Partner Alliance Programme which aims to develop an ecosystem consisted of service providers, system integrators, ISVs (independent software vendors) and start-up companies to work within their robust and scalable cloud platform. The initiative is looking for additional 150 solution providers to be partnered in the next 12 months.
In Asia Pacific region, Alibaba Cloud is now available in markets including Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia, Australia, Malaysia, India as well as Japan, providing a wide range of cloud services for local and global enterprises in the markets.
Commitment for Indonesia
For Indonesia, Alibaba Cloud has established a strong presence and commitment in this market. Not only it serves local and global customers in the market, but also complies with local regulations and standards.
In March 2018, Alibaba Cloud opened its first data center in Indonesia and it becomes the first global cloud platform available in Indonesia. The data center features MaxCompute which allow the users to store and process a large amount of data in a short period of time. With the datacenter on the ground, Alibaba Cloud is also committed to support local government’s initiative to develop 1,000 startups by 2020.
Alibaba Cloud considers the importance to have local datacenter in Indonesia. Local data centers generate low latency for data transfers as well as offer fast and secure data storage and access that is 100% compliant with local Indonesian standards.
Alibaba Cloud has also opened its second data center in Indonesia in January this year, driven by strong customer demand. The opening of the second data center came only ten months after the first. Alibaba Cloud is the only global public cloud platform with local data centers in Indonesia. While the other global cloud computing providers such as AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud or IBM Cloud has not established its datacenter in Indonesia yet.
The two centers will provide high availability and strengthen disaster recovery capabilities, allowing customers to deploy mission-critical workloads in multiple availability zones and switch over within seconds. Indonesian companies can benefit Alibaba Cloud’s extensive products and solutions, ranging from Elastic Computing, Database, Storage & CDN, to Networking.
Beyond that, Alibaba Cloud empowers Indonesia's digital transformation efforts by enabling customers to meet local security standards and ensuring consistency in their operations. Alibaba cloud is also providing comprehensive solutions and personalized client servicing that local businesses can adapt and learn, so the clients will be able to lead digital innovation and increase their competitiveness in their industries.
Alibaba Cloud has implemented artificial intelligence (AI) technology on its platform in forms of voices, videos and images; in addition, it also offers elastic computing service, database service, network, security as well as middleware for analyses and data intelligence services.
Security services is also available to protect online businesses from data theft, spy, spam and hackers. On the data storage front, Alibaba Cloud offers its new features called Hybrid Backup Recovery, Dedidated Host and Smart Access Gateway to provide easy and secure data storage solutions.
Those are few features that are offered by Alibaba Cloud through its available service and products in Indonesia
Success with Cloud
Alibaba Cloud has enabled its clients to leverage their business and maintain their competitiveness in the market through innovation. For instance, RuangGuru, a game-changing online education platform, is one of the Alibaba Cloud’s clients that aims to give six million elementary to high school students access to educational courses through the network of over 150,000 teachers in Indonesia. The other is ADIRA Finance, a national leading financial firm, who relies on Alibaba Cloud’s hybrid-cloud model to provide its customer with a one-stop solution.
While on the global scale, Alibaba Cloud has supported the 10th Alibaba Global Shopping Festival with a record of $30.8 billion transaction in 24 hours last November.