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Alibaba adds new cloud-native services in Indonesia

  • Eisya A. Eloksari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, June 11, 2020   /   02:41 pm
Alibaba adds new cloud-native services in Indonesia Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of China’s Alibaba Group, has announced the launch of two cloud-native services in Indonesia as demand from businesses is on the rise with the COVID-19 pandemic boosting digitization efforts. (Shutterstock/File)

Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of China’s Alibaba Group, has announced the launch of two cloud-native services in Indonesia as demand from businesses is on the rise with the COVID-19 pandemic boosting digitization efforts.

Alibaba Cloud Indonesia launched Wednesday relational database AsparaDB for PolarDB and real-time warehousing service AnalyticsDB, which are expected to boost data processing and storage capabilities in digitizing Indonesian enterprises.

Alibaba Cloud Indonesia solution architect head Max Maiden Dasuki said there was increasing demand for digitalization in Indonesia, especially with the COVID-19 pandemic still ongoing.

“The gaming and media industry are among those that reached out to us to provide them with a cloud solution,” he said during a press briefing on Wednesday. “The gaming industry, for example, is experiencing an increase in users during the social distancing period and they are using our PolarDB service.”

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Indonesia introduced large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) at the end of March. Since then, regional administrations have prohibited people from going to public areas except for essential needs.

ApsaraDB for the PolarDB cluster has a maximum storage space of 100 terabytes and is compatible with other relational database management systems such as MySQL, PostgreSQL and Oracle.

Meanwhile, AnalyticsDB is a real-time data warehousing service that can process petabytes of data, enabling the fast processing of tens of billions of data queries and the creation of online statistical reports and multi-dimensional analysis solutions.  

“We are seeing great potential for further cloud database adaptation in the e-commerce industry, education and finance, the performances of which have been booming in the past few months,” Max said.

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Indonesian startups such as e-commerce platform Akulaku, Investree and Kopi Kenangan have tapped into Alibaba Cloud technologies.

"By leveraging Alibaba Cloud technology, Investree completed the re-architecture of its system and shortened its app development time, reducing IT and resources expenditures," said Investree CTO Daniel Armanto.   

Alibaba Cloud Indonesia country manager Leon Chen said that multi-cloud storage adaptation would become a trend in the future but that it would take time for Indonesia to adapt as the market was still in its early stage.  

Alibaba established two data centers in Indonesia in 2018 and 2019. Chen said the company was open to the possibility of opening a third data center.

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In recent years, other tech giants, such as Amazon, Google and Microsoft, made plans to build data centers in Indonesia. Responding to the competition, Chen said that having more data centers was a good sign.

“This means that our decision was right to set the first data center in Indonesia,” he said. “More data centers means more solutions for Indonesia’s growing market.”

Alibaba Cloud reported a 62 percent revenue growth year-on-year to US$5.6 billion by the end of its fiscal year in March. Alibaba Group said that up to 70 percent of its businesses ran on Alibaba Cloud with the expectation of reaching 100 percent in the next two years.