Aliyun, Alibaba Group’s (NYSE: BABA) cloud computing arm, has announced the launch of Marketplace Alliance Program (MAP), a global partnership program that provides enterprises with access to Aliyun’s full suite of cloud hosting services and international partners.
This new program would enable China-based Aliyun to localize its cloud hosting offerings by partnering with enterprises in different regions and provide localized hybrid cloud computing services to meet the regional needs of global developers.
The initial Aliyun’s MAP partners are some of the world’s leading technology brands, including American multinational technology company Intel, Singaporean telecommunications company Singtel, Dubai holding company Meraas Holdings, Equinix, Hong Kong telco and information technology company PCCW, French website hosting and cloud hosting services provider LINKBYNET, and Hong Kong public utility Towngas.
By collaborating with international partners and combining their experience and expertise in local markets, Aliyun would be able to reduce infrastructure cost, improve networking efficiency, optimize cloud hosting solutions, pass along savings and provide hybrid cloud services to cloud consumers in Internet, Finance, Energy, Gaming, Entertainment, Healthcare and Education.
“The new Aliyun program is designed to bring our customers the best cloud computing solutions by partnering with some of the most respected technology brands in the world,” said Sicheng (Ethan) YU, vice president, Aliyun. “We will continue to bring more partners online to grow our cloud computing ecosystem.”
Aliyun has data centers in Beijing, Hangzhou, Qingdao, Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Silicon Valley, and Dubai (under construction). As of June 30, 2014, Aliyun served more than 1.4 million customers directly and indirectly through independent service providers.
Intel and Alibaba
“For years Intel and Alibaba have collaborated on optimizing hardware and software technology across the data center for Alibaba’s unique workloads,” said Raejeanne Skillern, general manager of Cloud Service Provider Business at Intel Corporation. “As a partner in Aliyun’s Marketplace Alliance Program, Intel looks forward to continuing our collaboration to promoting joint technology solutions that are based on Intel Architecture specifically tailored to the rapidly growing market of international public cloud consumers.”
Established in September 2009, Aliyun (Alibaba Cloud Computing) develops scalable cloud computing and data management services providing large and small businesses, financial institutions, governments and other organizations with flexible solutions to their networking and information needs.