Alibaba Cloud focuses on Asia Pacific with latest launches – and expands Elasticsearch partnership

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It has been another busy week at Alibaba Cloud, with the company’s latest releases focusing on both Asia Pacific and European expansion.

The increased focus on Asia Pacific comes through the launch of no fewer than nine products around cloud architecture, machine learning, the Internet of Things (IoT), and security.

These include PAI, Alibaba Cloud’s proprietary machine learning platform, IoT Platform, which will be introduced to the global market, as well as Data Lake Analytics, a serverless offering which aims to turn customers’ data lakes into insights. Other products being introduced into this market include a hybrid backup recovery tool, a dedicated host service, and anti-bot software.

The nine products also include partner offerings. Alibaba’s partnership with China Unicom has resulted in an enterprise network solution, while HPE is on board to help organisations with hybrid cloud and analytics search engine Elasticsearch is available through Alibaba Cloud and Elastic.

The latter is being expanded in a separate announcement to deliver the service globally. Elasticsearch was previously only available to Alibaba Cloud customers in China, with the expanded collaboration including visualisation offering Kibana, data shipper Beats, and processing tool Logstash.

Alibaba had earlier this month been focusing its expansion plans on Southeast Asia; the company had announced a second infrastructure zone in Malaysia, offering DDoS protection, database, networking and monitoring services, as well as certified SAP hosting.

“Asia Pacific is a unique market, and as a global cloud services provider with an Asian origin, we are committed to leverage our knowledge and experience to build a sustainable regional ecosystem and enrich our offerings to meet the needs of our customers in this digital age,” said Derek Wang, chief solution architect at Alibaba Cloud International in a statement.

“This new suite of offering includes products that are highly efficient, cost effective, and some of them are the first of their kind in the industry,” Wang added.

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