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Alibaba Cloud 101: An Introduction To Alibaba Cloud

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Alibaba Cloud, subsidiary of Alibaba Group, is one of the world’s leading cloud computing companies along with Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure as well as the largest cloud provider in China and Asia Pacific (APAC) region. Established in 2009, Alibaba Cloud offers a comprehensive suite of cloud services to serves global clients including Henkel, CASIO, Olympic, JOTUN, Genting and TVB in more than 200 countries and regions. Alibaba Cloud is well known for its strong focus on R&D, continuously innovating its offerings to support the digital transformation of businesses.

As of April 2024, Alibaba Cloud has 89 availability zones across 30 regions in the world.

List of Alibaba Cloud's Data Centres:

  • Singapore
  • Australia (Sydney)
  • Thailand (Bangkok)
  • Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur)
  • Indonesia (Jakarta)
  • Phillippines
  • India (Mumbai)
  • Japan (Tokyo)
  • South Korea (Seoul)
  • United Arab Emirates (Dubai)
  • Saudi Arabia (Riyadh)
  • Germany (Frankfurt)
  • United Kingdom (London)
  • United States (Virginia / Silicon Valley)
  • China (Hong Kong / Qingdao / Beijing / Zhangjiakou / Hohhot / Ulanqab / Hangzhou / Shanghai / Nanjing / Shenzhen / Heyuan / Guangzhou / Chengdu / Fuzhou / Wuhan)

Alibaba Cloud offered wide range of products and services for to cater clients different industrial and business needs.

List of Alibaba Cloud's Product Offerings:


  • Elastic Compute Services (ECS)
  • CloudBox
  • Compute Nest
  • Dedicated Host
  • WUYING Workspace (EDS)
  • Elastic GPU Service
  • Simple Application Server (SAS)
  • Alibaba Cloud VMware Service (ACVS)


  • Container Service for Kubernetes (ACK)
  • Container Registry (ACR)
  • Elastic Container Instance (ECI)
  • Serverless Kubernetes Service (ASK)


  • Function Compute (FC)
  • Serverless App Engine (SAE)


  • Elastic Block Storage (EBS)
  • Object Storage Service (OSS)
  • Tablestore
  • Simple Log Service
  • Cloud Storage Gateway (CSG)
  • Hybrid Cloud Distributed Storage (HCDS)

Networking & CDN

  • Server Load Balancer (SLB)
  • Elastic IP Address (EIP)
  • Cloud Data Transfer (CDT)
  • Virtual Private Cloud (VPC)
  • NAT Gateway
  • Network Intelligence Service (NIS)
  • Alibaba Cloud PrivateZone
  • Global Traffic Manager (GTM)
  • Cloud Enterprise Network (CEN)
  • Transit Router (TR)
  • CDN
  • Express Connect
  • Smart Access Gateway (SAG)
  • VPN Gateway (VPN)


  • Anti-DDoS
  • Bastionhost
  • Cloud Firewall
  • Security Center
  • Web Application Firewall (WAF)
  • Cloud Hardware Security Module (HSM)
  • Key Management Service (KMS)
  • Sensitive Data Discovery & Protection (SDDP)
  • Identity As A Service (IDaaS)
  • Resource Access Management (RAM)
  • Fraud Detection
  • Managed Security Service (MSS)
  • Penetration Test


  • Microservices Engine (MSE)
  • Service Mesh (ASM)
  • ApsaraMQ
  • EventBridge
  • Application Real-Time Monitoring Service (ARMS)


  • PolarDB for MySQL / PotgreSQL / Xscale
  • AsparaDB RDS for MySQL / PostgreSQL / SQL Server / MariaDB / Redis / HBase / MyBase / ClickHouse / Tair / Lindorm
  • Database Backup (DBS)
  • Data Management (DMS)
  • Database Autonomy Service (DAS)

Analytics Computing

  • Elasticsearch
  • Hologres
  • MaxCompute
  • Realtime Compute for Apache Flink
  • Data Lake Formation (DLF)
  • E-MapReduce
  • DataHub
  • Dataphin
  • DataWorks
  • DataV
  • Quick BI

AI & Machine Learning

  • Platform for AI (PAI)
  • AIRec
  • PAI-Lingjun Intelligent Computing Service
  • Intelligent Service Robot
  • OpenSearch

Media Services

  • AsparaVideo Live
  • AsparaVideo VOD
  • AsparaVideo Media Processing (MPS)
  • Real-Time Streaming

Enterprise Services & Cloud Communication

  • CloudQuotation
  • Robotic Process Automation (RPA)
  • Energy Expert
  • SOFAStack™
  • ZOLOZ Real ID
  • Short Message Service (SMS)
  • Voice Service (VS)
  • Blockchain as a Service (BaaS)

Internet of Things

  • Cloud Display
  • IoT Edge
  • IoT Platform

In summary, Alibaba Cloud offers wide range of cloud based products that help global clients to innovate quickly, lower costs and scale faster.

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Disclaimer: All information in this blog post is based on latest info available from references websites at the time of writing. The author strive to provide accurate and up-to-date information; however, author cannot guarantee the completeness, reliability, or accuracy of the information. Kindly perform your due diligence to validate respective sources directly for latest information before making any purchases.

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