SDxCentral Weekly Wrap for Feb. 8, 2019: Verizon found significantly lower latency when using MEC equipment and software, AWS is as large as its four closest rivals, and Ericsson joins a growing list of O-RAN Alliance supporters.
Alibaba Group Holding Ltd
Last year, Alibaba Group restructured its cloud computing arm in an effort to make Alibaba Cloud its “main business” in the future. AliCloud grew 84 percent year over year in the most recent quarter.
“We joke that our goal is to have the CIA run sensitive applications in China on Ali Cloud,” using Fortanix security software, CEO Ambuj Kumar says.
It uses consensus technology to maintain the perception of a single server system performing at LAN-speed, but in a distributed environment in which the servers may be thousands of miles apart.
The new code can uninstall agent-based security software by Tencent Cloud and Alibaba Cloud, the top two cloud providers in China.
AWS purchases a disaster recovery startup; Synchronoss and TBSCASoft build blockchain for telecom operators; Red Hat releases a new version of its enterprise workflow framework.
Alibaba has been one of the largest contributors and users of Data Artisans’ open source data processing framework since 2016.
The research firm MTN Consulting said that Alibaba’s cloud computing business is rapidly becoming the group's “most ambitious venture,” as it boosts its overseas investments and refocuses on R&D.
The Data Lakes Analytics service helps customers that need cloud-native analytics and need to turn raw data into real-time insights.
The company now supports the six largest Kubernetes providers in the world.
Alibaba Group’s CEO said that cloud computing will be its “main business” in the future — following closely in Amazon’s footsteps.
The blockchain service is based on the Linux Foundation’s Hyperledger Fabric and the Alibaba Group financial affiliate’s blockchain platform.
Fortanix’s key management and secuity software ensures that even cloud providers don’t have access to the customer’s encrypted data.
GlobalData predicts that an “insatiable trend” of cloud provider product launches will grow the cloud services market in the Asia-Pacific region to $55.3 billion in 2022.
Under the partnership, Alibaba Cloud will offer VMware’s hybrid cloud software on its cloud infrastructure.