Vodafone and Alibaba Highlight Importance of Partnerships in the UnTelco Race

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By Dimitris Mavrakis | 3Q 2018 | IN-5210


Vodafone and Alibaba Renew Their Vows


Vodafone and Alibaba Cloud announced their partnership in December 2016, which is when Alibaba opened its first data center—hosted within Vodafone’s facility in Frankfurt—in Europe. Since then, Alibaba has increased its footprint across the globe and now claims to have 45 data centers in 18 regions, with Frankfurt being its European point of presence. Alibaba Cloud itself is a growing business; they have claimed a 23% revenue increase annually, have nearly 50% of the Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) market in China, and have been investing heavily in Artificial Intelligence (AI), which is in line with the Chinese central government’s goal to become an AI leader by 2030.

Vodafone operates its own cloud offerings, which include Internet of Things (IoT) use cases; managed hosting; private and specialized clouds; and a variety of connectivity options, including Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS). Alibaba Cloud is a fully integrated part in the Vodafone cloud model and includes Vodafone’s secu…

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