India has huge potential for cloud services: Alibaba

Jeff Zhang who is also president of Alibaba Group's China Retail Markeplaces speaks during the Tmall Apparel Strategic Cooperation Conference in Hangzhou Zhejiang Province last year

India has huge potential for cloud services: Alibaba

"The AliLaunch program and Global Technology Partners Marketplace serve as the ideal platforms for making different software products accessible to businesses and organisations in China".

As the first step in creating the Cloud computing TMall for the China market, the AliLaunch program will serve as an online store where enterprises in China will have access to different technology partners and can deploy software or services through Alibaba Cloud.

At least 11 global technology firms have partnered with Alibaba to enable them to use the Chinese e-commerce giant's cloud computing arm, Alibaba Cloud, and bring their software products to the Chinese market. The company will use its cloud computing platform for its new AliLaunch program, which can help clients with joint ventures and marketing. In order to promote its cloud services in the foreign market, the company has made a decision to partner with these tech companies.

Cloud computing enables companies to buy, sell, lease or distribute online a range of software and other digital resources as an on-demand service, just like electricity from a power grid. Sicheng Yu said this does not threaten to cannibalize Alibaba Cloud's own business.

India is a potential market for cloud computing services, said Yu Sicheng, Alibaba Group vice-president, said on Tuesday. Alibaba has already partnered with SAP, Check Point Software Technologies, Hitachi Data Systems, to name a few from Europe, Thailand, Japan, and US. In the quarter ended March 31, Alibaba Group reported revenues from its cloud computing and Internet infrastructure business jumped 175 percent year-over-year to $165 million. "The new logo truly embodies our vision of building a better world together with innovative technologies while safeguarding the values of each of our customers", said Simon HU, President of Alibaba Cloud.

The partnership will also bring together industry developers to build a VR cloud ecosystem, and extend Viveport, HTC's VR app store, to Alibaba Cloud's cloud computing platform, according to the release. The strategic partnership with HTC will combine the company's leading virtual reality technology with Alibaba Cloud's leading cloud technologies to explore breakthrough virtual reality solutions which will be highly scalable and price-competitive for customers.

The development of VR technology requires powerful and flexible infrastructure support to supply visually rich and interactive content to users, Alibaba Cloud said.

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