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Alibaba Cloud targets 5,000 local firms on digital transformation

By Arjay L. Balinbin, Senior Reporter

CHINESE cloud computing company Alibaba Cloud, a subsidiary of Alibaba Group, said Thursday that it is targeting to support 5,000 Philippine enterprises on their digital transformation journey.

“We aim to support at least 5,000 enterprises, train at least 50,000 talents, and certify 10,000 clouders till the end of 2023,” Alibaba Cloud Intelligence Country Head of the Philippines Allen Guo said at an online briefing.

Alibaba Cloud Intelligence President Selina Yuan said the company has trained more than 5,000 local talents.

“The Philippines is a very important market for us, even now that we are just very new  in this market,” she said.

Ms. Yuan also stressed that it is important to support local enterprises with technology solutions during a pandemic crisis to help them continue their businesses.

“In the next three years, Alibaba Cloud will continue to invest another 200 billion yuan to build a data center and support cloud operation systems, servers, chips, internet, and other core projects” in the region, Ms. Yuan added.

In the Philippines, Alibaba Cloud offers retail & e-commerce, fintech, and digital media solutions, Mr. Guo said.

The company also offers data intelligence and artificial intelligence (AI) services such as chatbox and data analytic platforms.

Alibaba Cloud said its technologies also supported this year’s 11.11 Global Shopping Festival, which generated $74.1 billion in gross merchandise value over an 11-day period.

“In the cloud-native era, it is even more pivotal for businesses to be able to take advantage of innovative Database as a Service (DBaaS) offerings to enhance and support high-concurrency and high-volume web applications such as e-commerce, online gaming, and financial technology. Many Fortune 500 firms are already using our Cloud DBaaS for mobile apps, backups and tests, and the most recent impressive performance of our proprietary solutions during the 11.11 Global Shopping Festival is yet another strong endorsement on our capability,” said Li Feifei, president of Database Business, Alibaba Cloud Intelligence.

The company said its real-time computing platform “processed data streams totaling 4 billion items per second during peak time, a considerable surge from 2.5 billion last year.”

“MaxCompute, Alibaba’s proprietary data warehousing platform, handled 1.7 exabytes (an exabyte is equal to 1 billion gigabytes) of data on average per day during the 11-day festival from November 1 to 11, equivalent to processing 230 high-res photos of each of the 7 billion people in the world,” it added.

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