Alibaba’s Cloud Subsidiary Opens Beijing Data Center

While all the hype is around Alibaba’s upcoming IPO, the company’s cloud computing subsidiary Aliyun has formally opened a data center in Beijing. The first phase consists of 10,000 servers, primarily serving clients in the Beijing and North China region.

This is the third location focused on global services for Aliyun, which also has data centers in Hangzhou and Qingdao, China Tech News reported. The company is accelerating expansion, reportedly evaluating locations overseas, the U.S. and Southeast Asia being the most likely markets it tackles next.

The provider offers four types of services: cloud servers, relational database, cloud storage and load balancing. More products are anticipated for the future. Its customers range from startups to government research institutions and financial organizations.

Aliyun’s parent company Alibaba is an e-commerce giant in China. Its IPO could mean a valuation of more than $160 billion once the offering completes. Yahoo, which owns nearly a quarter of Alibaba, has been enjoying a jump in the value of its own stock as the market prepares for what is expected to be a blockbuster float.

China remains an extremely compelling and interesting market, not just for homegrown companies, but for U.S. tech giants establishing cloud plays locally, such as Microsoft and Amazon.

There are some government hurdles and politics standing in the way of the market truly opening up, with the Chinese government imposing strict control over both business and the internet. Aliyun being local, it stands a good chance of capturing an increasing amount of the cloud market share.

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Journey to a Dynamic Data Center: Private Cloud


Journey to a Dynamic Data Center: Private Cloud – Data Center Transformation

To Transform : The Definition

In an organizational
context, a process of profound and radical change that orients an organization in a new direction and takes it to an entirely different level of effectiveness. Unlike turnaround‘ (which implies incremental progress on the same plane) transformation implies a basic change of character and little or no resemblance with the past configuration or structure.


Data Center Transform Definition: Why should it be any different

In a data center context, a process of profound and radical change that orients a data center in a new direction and takes it to an entirely different level of effectiveness. Unlike ‘turnaround‘ (which implies incremental progress on the same plane) transformation implies a basic change of data center environment and little or no resemblance with the past configuration or structure.

What should a cloud be?

  • As Open as possible Architecture
  • Reporting and management from Day 1
  • Business Centric / Support Consumerization (Self Service)
  • Adapt and absorb change not hold up change
  • Support high level of availability 99.95% +
  • Scale up and out very quickly
  • Automated, Supportable & Self-Healing
  • Secure from very edge to the core

All this above but without the high cost

Most of all it has to work for business not be a piece of technology

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