Alibaba Tech

May 14, 2021

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Alibaba Cloud saw a YoY revenue growth of 50% to RMB 60.12 billion in fiscal year 2021

HANGZHOU, China — (BUSINESS WIRE) — Alibaba Group Holding Limited (NYSE: BABA and HKEX: 9988, “Alibaba” or “Alibaba Group”) announced its financial results for the quarter and fiscal year ended March 31, 2021.

“Alibaba achieved a historic milestone of one billion annual active consumers globally in the fiscal year ended March 2021,” said Daniel Zhang, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Alibaba Group. “Our overall business delivered strong growth on a healthy foundation, with the Alibaba Ecosystem generating a record US$1.2 trillion in GMV during this fiscal year. Such achievements were built on top of clear value propositions that we offer to consumers and merchants. We remain very excited about the growth of China’s consumption economy, which is benefiting from the acceleration of digitalization in all aspects of life and work. We will continue to focus on customer experience and value creation through innovation, as we pursue our mission to make it easy to do business anywhere in the digital era.”

Cloud Computing

In 2020, Alibaba Group was ranked third globally and first in the Asia Pacific region in the global Infrastructure-as-a-Service market, according to Gartner’s April 2021 report. Alibaba Cloud’s unique advantages are its proprietary technology and Alibaba Group’s continued commitment to invest in research and development in new product offerings and industry-specific solutions for our customers and partners. Highlights of our proprietary technologies in fiscal year 2021 include:

  • Elastic Computing — In February 2021, Alibaba Cloud launched the 7th generation ECS public cloud server that increases overall computing power by 40%. Built on top of our proprietary X-Dragon architecture, this new generation server offers mission critical security enhancements, which is especially important for customers in the Internet and finance industries that require fail-safe continuous operations and highly secure cloud infrastructure.
  • Database — Our proprietary technologies have consistently won recognition from leading research and advisory organizations. For example, in December 2020, PolarDB, one of our key database products, won the first prize of the Science and Technology Progress Award of the Chinese Institute of Electronics.
  • Serverless — In the first quarter of 2021, Forrester recognized Alibaba Function Compute, our suite of serverless products, as a leader in the Function-as-a-Service (FaaS) market given our technological advancements and comprehensive product offerings. Alibaba Cloud is the only cloud vendor in China to be recognized as a FaaS leader.

In fiscal year 2021, our cloud computing revenue grew 50% year-over-year, to RMB60,120 million (US$9,176 million), primarily driven by growth in revenue from customers in the Internet, public sector and finance industries. In the March 2021 quarter, cloud computing revenue grew 37% year-over-year to RMB16,761 million (US$2,558 million). The slower revenue growth during the quarter was primarily due to revenue decline from a top cloud customer in the Internet industry. This customer, which has a sizeable presence outside of China that used our overseas cloud services in the past, has decided to terminate the relationship with respect to their international business due to non-product related requirements. Excluding this customer, Alibaba Cloud’s top ten non-affiliated customers together accounted for no more than eight percent of Alibaba Cloud’s total revenue in fiscal year 2021. Going forward, we believe that our cloud computing revenue will be further diversified across customers and industries.

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