Alibaba shifts up with new products, services

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    AS part of the pivot to the new digital paradigm and to help enterprises fast-track their digital transformation journeys, Alibaba Cloud also launched a slate of new and upgraded solutions for the new normal, some available globally for the first time.

    These new solutions include the 7th Generation of Elastic Compute Service (ECS) high-frequency product, which is based on the X-Dragon architecture. This solution fuels cloud applications and hosting needs with improved computing power and low latency. It nearly triples the computing power of the previous instance and delivers a 70 percent reduction in storage latency, offering the highest performance-per-dollar rate in the industry. The 7th generation ECS instances are powered by the brand-new Intel Cooper Lake Processor to provide leading computing power.

    Other newly launched groundbreaking solutions are the new ApsaraDB for PolarDB, AnalyticsDB (ADB) and Data Lake Analytics (DLA). These new cloud-native database iterations provide even more scalability and reliability, especially for e-commerce and hyper-scale use cases such as Alibaba’s 11.11 Global Shopping Festival. These solutions are capable of managing a peak of 87 million requests per second reached last year while under constant attacks by malicious entities. ApsaraDB for PolarDB also provides the world’s first cloud-native database supporting MySQL 8.0. In the promising digital market of Indonesia, PolarDB has been very well-received by pioneer users, including prominent start-ups Kopi Kenangan, Akulaku and Investree. 

    Other new products and features that have been recently launched are:

    Hologres: First launched in China in June and will soon be made available in Southeast Asia and the U.S. in July, this real-time cloud-native data warehouse provides an enterprise-class unified data storage and real-time analytics service. The product is the world’s first cloud-native Hybrid Serving Analytical Processing (HSAP) system enabling informed and real-time business insights. Its ability to overcome the challenges of analytic and serving workloads empowers business leaders to innovate with greater situational awareness and improves overall business agility. Hologres, Realtime Compute and Maxcompute form the next-generation cloud-native data warehouses of Alibaba Cloud, offering enterprises with unified batch, real-time, serving and analytics solutions together to solve the growing complexity in big data architecture.

    Smart Access Gateway (SAG): Available for the first time in Southeast Asia, the all-in-one SD-WAN solution shifts mainstream technology to solve network issues in hybrid cloud environments without configuration difficulties while enjoying quick access from private networks to all Alibaba Cloud services under end-to-end security policies. Companies can use the cloud-native architecture SAG to connect facilities and offices via SAG Device, computers and mobile devices with SAG App, and private networks to the Alibaba Cloud through SAG-vCPE. SAG Device is now available in Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand, and will soon be rolled out in other markets.

    ARMS Prometheus Service: Available for the first time in international markets, this open-source monitoring system and alarm framework collates real-time series data and supports multiple charts and data dashboards. It provides a fully compatible open source experience and supports PromQL, native service discovery and alerting. It solves the pain points of native Prometheus to provide unlimited expansion of cloud storage, high availability and high stability, and very low load of Indicator collection consumption.

    EDAS 3.0: Available for the first time in Hong Kong, Singapore and Japan, this core product of Alibaba Cloud’s enterprise internet architecture solutions provides enhanced support for Kubernetes and the open-source microservice framework Spring Cloud and Dubbo. It demonstrates Alibaba Cloud’s best practice — “three factors to ensure the safety of production: observable, grayscale and rollback” — which can help users build stable and efficient microservice operating environments in a cloud-native way.

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