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Alibaba stays busy

BY Dan Berthiaume

Hangzhou, China – If idle hands are the tool of the devil, then Chinese e-commerce platform Alibaba Holding Group Inc. has very righteous hands. Alibaba is staying busy with a new plan to protect cloud data and new cloud solutions, as well as partnerships to provide e-commerce logistics and online sourcing.

First, Aliyun, Alibaba’s cloud computing subsidiary, has issued a Data Protection Pact and rolled out 14 cloud products and 50 cloud solutions. The pact includes customer “absolute ownership” of and access to data generated on Aliyun, as well as the right to choose specific cloud-based data services and guaranteed strict efforts to protect and constantly improve the security of customer data.

New solutions from Aliyun include Solid State Drive (SSD) cloud storage servers with strong read-write capability, Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) systems used to build hybrid cloud and cloud databases compatible with Oracle systems, and batch computing services used in computer-graphics rendering.

In addition, Alibaba’s logistics arm Cainiao Network Technology Co. Ltd. has signed an agreement to provide logistics services for Chinese e-commerce company Baozun Inc. As part of the deal, Baozun will open its sixth and newest logistics warehouse in the Alibaba Cainiao Logistics Park in the city of Guangzhou in southern China.

Baozun’s new warehouse will directly sync with Cainiao’s proprietary logistics platform that links third-party warehouses and distribution centers with logistics providers.

Furthermore, Toronto-based Terapeak, a supplier of marketplace analytics that helps eBay and Amazon businesses evaluate supply and demand opportunities and optimize sales, will now allow users to view, search and filter the top 30 million trending products on Alibaba.com. This data integration will provide direct access to both sourcing and sales analytics.

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