Alibaba Cloud Launches Cloud Box — Extending Public Cloud Services to Local Devices

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By Alibaba Cloud ECS

On September 18, at the Apsara Conference 2020 held in Hangzhou, Alibaba Cloud announced the launch of Cloud Box. Based on the proprietary X-Dragon architecture, Cloud Box integrates the cutting-edge technologies of computing, storage, and networking to provide users with a fully managed cloud service that combines software with hardware for local deployment. For users who need to deploy their business in local data centers, Cloud Box provides the same experience as Alibaba Cloud’s public cloud.

Migration to the cloud has become a trend in various industries, especially with the rapid development of big data, artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), 5G, and other technologies. Most companies regard digital transformation as a priority strategy. However, due to the requirements of compliance, bandwidth, latency, and cost, some enterprises are deploying some of their business in local data centers, but they also want to obtain the same benefits of low costs, elasticity, and agility as provided by the public cloud.

Cloud Box was created to solve this problem. Based on the X-Dragon architecture, Cloud Box provides users with the same cloud product experience as provided by the public cloud. At the same time, through the Virtual Private Cloud (VPC), Cloud Box facilitates the integration of applications deployed on the premises with other local applications or cloud services. Compared with the on-premises data centers, features of Cloud Box, such as on-demand ordering and pay-as-you-go billing, are provided to help users save the one-time investment of offline user-owned IDCs and avoid the cost of idle capacity caused by low device utilization.

X-Dragon Architecture: The Computing Power Experience of the Next Generation

Cloud Box provides all types of elastic computing instances, databases, security, container services, and other products. Cloud Box ensures that instance version upgrades, security vulnerabilities, and patch upgrades are synchronized with the public cloud. Users can immediately have access to the latest products and features available on the public cloud.

Security Compliance: Enterprise-Level Network Isolation

Fast Delivery: The Local Experience Is Consistent With the Experience on the Public Cloud

Enterprises have changed their computing requirements from “full scenario coverage” to “ubiquitous location”. Alibaba Cloud offers full-scenario coverage to cover “cloud, edge, and end” computing and has launched a series of new product deployment and operation forms. In the future, Alibaba Cloud will extend the public cloud to a broader space and work with its customers to get ready for the upcoming edge computing and 5G era.

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