Alibaba Cloud, the digital technology and intelligence backbone of Alibaba Group, has been recognised as a Visionary in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure and Platform Services (Magic Quadrant for CIPS) 2022 report for the second consecutive year. Alibaba Cloud believes the recognition for 2 years in a row demonstrates its key strengths in regional and engineering leadership, technology partner ecosystem, and data analytics capabilities.
According to Gartner, “Visionaries have an ambitious vision of the future and are making significant investments in the development of unique technologies.”
“We’re pleased to have once again been named a Visionary in this year’s Magic Quadrant for CIPS. We see this as an important recognition of our efforts to continuously enhance our cloud capabilities and reinforce our regional market leadership, as well as expand our corporate vision,” said Jiangwei Jiang, Senior Researcher and General Manager of Infrastructure Products, Alibaba Cloud Intelligence. “We will continue to broaden our international offerings and strengthen our core IaaS and PaaS features, aiming to bring greater value to our customers on their digital journeys.”
The scope of the Magic Quadrant for CIPS includes Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and integrated Platform as a Service (PaaS) offerings. The report analysed each provider based on their Ability to Execute and the Completeness of Vision, and the evaluation criteria include Product or Service, Market Responsiveness, Business Model, Innovation and etc.
Alibaba Cloud retained a leading position in engineering capabilities, reflecting its progress in sustainable data center initiatives. By adopting self-developed immersion cooling technology, the company has significantly reduced the energy consumption of its data centers, with power usage effectiveness (PUE) reaching as low as 1.09 – a world-leading level.
Drawing on its big data and analytics capabilities, Alibaba Cloud has positioned itself as a provider of choice among businesses in Asia looking for a digital transformation partner. Alibaba Cloud is a good fit for cloud-first digital business workloads for customers that are based in China or Southeast Asia.
Building upon its strong network of ISV partnerships in Asia, Alibaba Cloud launched a “Regional Accelerator” program to provide those operating in different markets with a localised collaboration model. In September, the cloud provider also announced an investment of USD1 billion over the coming three years to expand its global ecosystem of partners, including technology partners (ISV, SaaS, and SI), service and consulting partners, and resellers.
Earlier this year, Alibaba Group was shown as the third largest IaaS provider in the world and the biggest in Asia Pacific for the fourth consecutive year in Gartner’s Market Share: IT Services, 2021.