Alibaba Cloud has recently completed a new round of organizational upgrades, and more service teams have been deployed to industries and regions. This change shows that Alibaba Cloud is further supporting the digital transformation of government and enterprise customers and the digital transformation of thousands of industries. With determination, there is also the confidence to do well.
If we summarize the three key points of this Alibaba Cloud Summit, it must be centered on customer value, not from the perspective of cloud vendors: that is, build the cloud well, manage the cloud well, and use the cloud well.
“Leave the complexity to yourself and the simplicity to your customers.” Then, Alibaba Cloud is that self.
Four Key Words for Alibaba Cloud’s Regrowth
At last year’s Alibaba Cloud Summit, Zhang Jianfeng announced for the first time the “three major directions” of Alibaba Cloud’s regrowth, building the infrastructure of the digital economy at full speed, mainly including: “deepening the foundation”, extending from the Feitian Cloud operating system to define hardware;” To be a thick middle platform”, deeply integrate new operating systems such as DingTalk with Alibaba Cloud to achieve “cloud nail integration”; “Strengthen the ecosystem” builds a prosperous application service ecosystem based on cloud and new operating systems.
“In the past ten years, we have made a very complete layout, and there is no shortage of technological leadership. This year, through our efforts, we will make technology go to more industries and more enterprises.” Zhang Jianfeng said.
This time, Alibaba Cloud hopes to prove its professional ability in serving customers in the industry to the outside world. Therefore, Zhang Jianfeng further deepened the keywords of Alibaba Cloud’s regrowth, that is, to provide good services, to deepen the foundation, to strengthen the middle platform, and to strengthen the ecology.
Do a good job in service: After accumulating experience, Zhang Jianfeng believes that Alibaba Cloud is still a learner, but he is also confident that it will become a leader;
Build a deep foundation: Cloud is not only IT infrastructure, but can also enhance innovation at the device layer and component layer. For this reason, Alibaba Cloud will also provide more products and components that combine software and hardware;
To be a thick middle platform: including middleware, databases, operating systems, etc., these are the cores that determine whether the cloud can develop rapidly and be widely used;
Strengthening the ecosystem: Alibaba Cloud will continue to co-create with more SaaS partners to build the future of digital technology and create value for customers.
2020 will be a year of accelerated development of the digital economy and a year of accelerated industrial integration. Data shows that the investment in cloud computing has exceeded the investment in traditional IT infrastructure. From the nature of cloud computing, cloud computing has changed from a single computing to a systematic innovation, and has become an operating system of digital technology, which defines chips, networks, and storage downwards, and reconstructs operating systems, databases, and storage systems upwards. The development path of core basic software such as big data applications is an opportunity for industrial development.
When cloud computing becomes the base of the digital economy,
What does Alibaba Cloud do?
On the Alibaba Cloud Feitian operating system, Jiang Jiangwei, the head of Alibaba Cloud’s basic products, announced the latest evolution direction.
One cloud with multiple cores: Feitian is compatible with multiple chip architectures
Feitian is the only self-developed cloud computing operating system in China. The realization of one cloud and multiple cores is an important progress in Alibaba Cloud’s strategy of “building a deep foundation”. This means that Alibaba Cloud no longer relies on a single chip architecture and has more possibilities in the future.
First of all, Feitian operating system is fully compatible with various chip architectures such as X86, ARM, RISC-V, etc., to achieve “one cloud and multiple cores”.
According to Jiang Jiangwei, in the traditional IT era, the IT ecosystem was built around chips, but cloud computing has fundamentally changed this model. Cloud operating systems can package server chips, special-purpose chips and other hardware into standard computing power, regardless of whether the underlying chip is X86, ARM, etc. , RISC-V or hardware acceleration, providing customers with standard, high-quality cloud computing services.
Launched local Region service and opened Feitian technology base
On this basis, Alibaba Cloud also provides a variety of deployment forms, allowing the public cloud to extend from the central region to the local region to increase the coverage density. Jiang Jiangwei said about this deployment mode, the services that the local region brings to users and the central region It is consistent, the local Region can provide users with services with lower latency.
According to Jiang Jiangwei, the local Region will be deployed in more than ten regions including Nanjing, providing more than 40 cloud products such as computing, storage, and database. At the same time, the essence of the local region is still a public cloud, with a consistent operating experience, and developers do not need to worry about the limitations of the trade-off between latency and performance. On the enterprise side, Alibaba Cloud also provides a cloud box that can be deployed locally by customers. Out of the box, the public cloud can be extended and deployed to the enterprise data center or designated edge data center. Compute services for a public cloud consistent service experience.
In terms of cloud deployment, Feitian also provides a solution of “one cloud and multiple regions”, which can be deployed in layers according to the needs of enterprises, and layered into multiple regions. All 10,000 ultra-large scales support multi-cloud disaster recovery deployment.
And in order to be better “integrated”. Alibaba Cloud has launched a new “Computing Nest” platform, which fully opens the Feitian technology base that has supported its own PaaS platform for many years to PaaS partners, providing enterprise-level performance, stability, and development rights, as well as four aspects of operation, technology, management, and security. The large capability center facilitates the rapid integration of PaaS partners, improves the operation and maintenance efficiency by more than ten times, and greatly reduces the operation cost.
Data Intelligence: Release a one-stop data service platform
Zhang Jianfeng mentioned, “In Alibaba Cloud, we ourselves also talk about building the cloud well, managing the cloud well, and helping our customers make good use of the cloud. Each of these three steps is essential.” In the past, enterprises had to do some digital applications , many may be single points, there is no unified computing architecture, and there is no unified big data platform. Customers urgently need a complete set of platforms that can be developed on it. First, it needs to have its own methodology, including collection, cleaning, and gathering; second, it can support intelligent applications; third, it can be combined with business to create value for business.
The first trend in the future is that the degree of data diversity is already unimaginable, and this diversity data has become the main cost of data processing. At present, it is more online real-time computing, rather than offline computing. The second trend is the integration of a large amount of data with the application system, so that the data of the application system can be scheduled and calculated in real time.
Against this background, Alibaba Cloud launched a number of new products in one go, including the seventh-generation ECS cloud server, one-stop data service platform, and Lake and Warehouse Integration 2.0.
According to Jiang Jiangwei, Alibaba Cloud conducted a public test on the seventh-generation ECS cloud server family in February this year. Based on the third-generation self-developed Shenlong architecture, the overall computing power has increased by 40% compared with the previous generation. The most popular containers have been tested. Optimized, it can increase the deployment density by up to 6 times, and it is fully equipped with security chips, which is the best cloud native carrier.
Among them, the one-stop data service platform integrates big data, database and AI, and intelligent integration of single-point data to cover the “full life cycle” from data acquisition, data storage, data asset management, data analysis and data application. According to reports, the one-stop data service platform can provide full-link data services for key industries such as retail, government affairs, finance, medical care, and manufacturing.
In addition, the PolarDB database developed by Alibaba Cloud has added a new key technology direction: HTAP, which will use X-Paxos at the bottom to achieve transparent and automatic data synchronization. For users, HTAP can shield the complexity of data synchronization and focus on business. At the same time, the upper layer provides computing power for mixed loads, a set of systems, and a set of underlying data to transparently realize the unification of online and analytical services.
At the same time, the PolarDB for PostgreSQL version announced open source code, including database product cores, related plug-ins, tool scripts, test cases and design documents, suitable for the core business scenarios of medium and large enterprises, and developers can download it on Alibaba Cloud official website and GitHub experience.
The newly upgraded “Lake and Warehouse Integration” 2.0 not only supports cloud-native data lake OSS, and realizes the architecture of one warehouse and multiple lakes, but also deeply integrates with DataWorks to unify the development experience of lake and warehouse and cross-engine job scheduling to help enterprises cope with the sudden growth of new business. It brings data expansion and unified data asset management.
Cloud Nail integrated and upgraded again, low code becomes the main force
According to Zhang Jianfeng, as of March 31, 2021, the total number of applications on the DingTalk platform exceeded one million, nearly doubling in three months, of which low-code applications increased by nearly 380,000 in three months. After the deep integration of DingTalk, DingTalk has become a brand-new interface for enterprises to use the cloud, and more and more enterprises’ demand for the cloud and DingTalk has grown significantly.
At present, DingTalk has 400 million users and 17 million enterprise organizations. With the deepening of enterprise business digitization, the demand for customized development is becoming stronger and stronger. Enterprises need to develop applications based on a unified cloud, data platform and application platform. The method is low code or no code, and applications can be connected to realize data exchange. And the cloud nail is integrated, which just provides such a capability.
At present, DingTalk 6.0 has integrated cloud-native low-code development tools Yida, and third-party partner developers such as Tritium Cloud and Jian Daoyun have also converged in the DingTalk ecosystem. These three low-code products have developed more than 360 templates, covering major industries such as construction, manufacturing, trade, retail, Internet, real estate, catering, government affairs, education, etc., to meet the needs of personnel, finance, procurement, sales, after-sales, warehouses and other roles Need to quickly build applications.
Zhang Jianfeng also pointed out that as the cloud becomes the basis of computing power, the above SaaS applications will blossom. In addition, he also contributed a new point of view. In the future, large-scale enterprise software such as ERP systems will become less and less, and it is difficult for such software to adapt to customer needs and respond quickly.
Zhang Jianfeng said that after the deep integration of DingTalk, DingTalk has become a brand-new interface for enterprises to use the cloud, and more and more enterprises’ demand for the cloud and DingTalk has grown significantly. Shandong Energy, Luhua Group, Yuexiu Real Estate, Liby, Belle, Mengniu, Fosun, Carbine and other companies have also increased the use of cloud and nails.
For example, Shandong Energy started to use DingTalk Office in 2016, which combined with the underlying capabilities of the cloud, allowing the group’s business systems and data to be connected to DingTalk in real time, which accelerated the efficiency of application development. app.
In the field of government, according to Xu Shijun, there are 2.6 million government civil servants who are handling their official affairs through Zhezheng nails and conducting their coordination. In February this year, under the leadership of the Zhejiang Provincial Party Committee and the Provincial Government, Zhengding pushed forward the digital reform.
Heavy investment to build a digital innovation ecosystem
Alibaba Cloud is not only a cloud computing company, but also a service provider for digital transformation, providing overall digital capabilities. So how to become a service provider in the digital economy?
For ecological partners, Alibaba Cloud will invest 5 billion yuan in a special fund to support high-quality growth on the cloud for 100 partners. For developers, Alibaba Cloud currently serves 500 community developers. It will provide one-stop developer services and systematic training; for SMEs, Alibaba Cloud has served 150 technology-based SMEs, built 60 innovation centers, and 200 entrepreneurial service agencies.
In terms of open source software, Alibaba Cloud currently has 2,600 software open sourced. On this basis, Zhang Jianfeng said that he will further increase open source efforts, including not only the above SaaS applications, but also core technical software and Core components of the cloud.
Zhang Jianfeng also saw that online education has developed tremendously in the past year, but online education has only changed the way of reaching education, and there are still many changes that need digital technology; and digitalization in hospitals, diagnosis and treatment of diseases are still just starting… To this end, Alibaba Cloud will focus on innovation on the cloud in major industries such as education, medical care, and agriculture.
“Wuying” commercial and blockbuster solutions released,
Alibaba Cloud is in full bloom
At the scene today, Zhang Jianfeng and other guests also brought other progress of Alibaba Cloud.
Alibaba Cloud Computer, released at the Yunqi Conference last year, started large-scale commercial use today. On the same day, the public cloud version of Wuying Cloud Computer was launched, and customers can place orders through the official website of Alibaba Cloud. Zhang Jianfeng pointed out that computing power, security, cost, agility and openness are the five values of Wuying Cloud Computer. According to him, Wuying Cloud Computer has served many industry customers.
At present, the Wuying Cloud computer terminal family includes three types of terminal hardware: C-Key, A series, and T series. C-Key will focus on the expansion of card machines and more future mobile terminal forms; the A series has two new cases, which enrich the local hardware connection ports, and the cloud console can adjust the access rights at any time; the T series has released A concept all-in-one computer that provides a new generation of graphics workstations for visual scenes such as film and television, design, and games.
In the direction of double carbon, Zhang Jianfeng released the “zero carbon cloud” plan to reduce carbon emissions, and cloud computing has greatly improved the utilization efficiency of servers. Promote its own energy conservation and emission reduction, export digital carbon reduction capabilities, and support green technology innovation.
It is understood that the PUE level of Alibaba Cloud Zhangbei Data Center can reach below 1.1, avoiding a lot of waste of resources and energy. Last year, the data center also utilized 410 million kWh of clean energy from local wind power and solar power generation, reducing a total of 300,000 tons of carbon emissions.
In terms of digital government construction, Xu Shijun said: Alibaba Cloud currently serves 26 ministries, 31 provinces/municipalities/autonomous regions, and tens of thousands of government customers. In the field of smart cities, Alibaba Cloud City Brain has been implemented in 40 cities, forming more than 500 innovative application scenarios, covering more than 1,000 government departments in various regions.
At the press conference, Alibaba Cloud and the Ninth Institute of Machinery Industry jointly released the “Automotive Digital Factory 1.0” industry solution. The first complete case application is already in full swing at the FAW-Hongqi New Energy Plant.
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