China cloud infrastructure spend hits $9.2bn in Q3 with ‘relentless’ AI focus

Spending on cloud infrastructure services in mainland China hit $9.2 billion USD (£7.29bn) in the third quarter of 2023 accounting for 12% of global cloud spend, according to analyst firm Canalys.

The three largest vendors in China – Alibaba, Huawei and Tencent – represent almost three quarters (73%) of the market and customer spending. Alibaba Cloud has the largest market share at 39%, compared with Huawei Cloud (19%) and Tencent Cloud (15%).

Canalys noted that...

Alibaba Cloud upgrades AnalyticDB with vector database engine

Alibaba Cloud, the digital technology and intelligence backbone of Alibaba Group, has enhanced its AnalyticDB vector engine, making it easier than ever for enterprises to access various large language models (LLMs) for building their customised generative AI capabilities.

At its Data Management Summit hosted in Jakarta, Alibaba Cloud also upgraded its one-stop, cloud-native data management and data serving platform by introducing ApsaraDB HTAP (Hybrid Transactional &...

Alibaba Cloud launches AI image generation model, Tongyi Wanxiang

Alibaba Cloud, the digital technology and intelligence backbone of Alibaba Group, has unveiled its latest AI image generation model, Tongyi Wanxiang (‘Wanxiang’ means ‘tens of thousands of images’).

The cutting-edge generative AI model is now available for enterprise customers in China for beta testing.

In addition, the cloud pioneer announced the launch of ModelScopeGPT, a versatile framework designed to assist users in accomplishing complex and...

Alibaba Cloud opens its first International Product Innovation Center

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Alibaba Cloud, the digital technology and intelligence backbone of Alibaba Group, has unveiled its first international product innovation centre and partner management centre, to further enhance customer services and better facilitate customers’ digitalisation journey. 

The new Product Innovation Center will help facilitate future roadmaps for developing more market-specific solutions, and will oversee the management of product upgrades based on ongoing global customer...

Alibaba Cloud launches ModelScope platform

Jeff Zhang, president of Alibaba Cloud Intelligence.

Alibaba Cloud, the digital technology and intelligence backbone of Alibaba Group, started its recent annual Apsara Conference by announcing the launch of  ModelScope.

This is an open-source Model-as-a-Service (MaaS) platform that comes with hundreds of AI models, including large pre-trained models for global developers and researchers. During its flagship conference, the cloud provider also introduced a range of serverless database products and upgraded its integrated data...

Alibaba Cloud unveils strategic roadmap for international business

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Alibaba Cloud, the digital technology and intelligence backbone of Alibaba Group, has announced its latest international strategic roadmap at the 2022 Alibaba Cloud Summit.

During the three-day summit, the trusted cloud provider has revealed new products to support technology innovation among enterprises, an investment of $1 billion for a global partner ecosystem upgrade, and enhanced customer services to provide comprehensive support throughout a customer’s digitalisation...

Alibaba launches ‘Data-as-a-Service’ firm Lingyang

Alibaba has spun out a “Data-as-a-Service” (DaaS) business called Lingyang Intelligent Service Company.

Lingyang will offer solutions to enterprises that were initially developed for Alibaba.

“The launch of the new firm is an important step taken by Alibaba after long-term consideration,” said Daniel Zhang, Chairman and CEO of Alibaba.

The team behind Lingyang has vast experience supporting Alibaba’s Double 11 Data Big Screen and 88VIP initiatives....

Alibaba’s cloud arm facing US national security probe

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Alibaba’s cloud wing is being reviewed by the Biden administration to determine if it poses a risk to US national security, according to Reuters.

The probe is investigating how the company stores US client data, including personal information and intellectual property, and whether the Chinese government could gain access to it.

Concerns also centre around whether Beijing could disrupt access to information stored on Alibaba’s cloud.

Alibaba’s operations...

Alibaba data centres to expand throughout Asia in 2022

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Alibaba is expanding its cloud business within Asia as it plans to open data centres in South Korea and Thailand in 2022.

The Chinese e-commerce giant has previously been focused on other countries in the region, such as Singapore and the Philippines, where it was competing with major US providers Amazon and Microsoft.

Already the biggest cloud provider in China, Alibaba data centres abroad help businesses in those countries to access Alibaba’s cloud services, whilst...

Alibaba Cloud delivers new server chips to optimise cloud computing services

Jeff Zhang, president of Alibaba Cloud Intelligence.

Alibaba Cloud, the digital tech and intelligence backbone of Alibaba Group, has developed an in-house processor design for use in its data centres. 

The server chips, named Yitian 710, are custom-built by Alibaba Group's chip development business, T-Head. Powered by these chips, Alibaba Cloud also announced the development of its proprietary servers, called Panjiu. The combination is set to enhance the company's leading cloud services by optimising computing performance and...