HPE gets first dibs on Alibaba Cloud's hybrid stack

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HPE gets first dibs on Alibaba Cloud's hybrid stack

HPE will be the first vendor in Australia to offer Alibaba Cloud's on-premises hybrid cloud stack, optimised for its own servers.

The company will be Alibaba's first partner when it brings its Aspara Stack to Asia-Pacific later this year, which it said was in response to the demand for hybrid cloud solutions in the region.

Aspara Stack is aimed at medium and large enterprises, offering more than 60 services from a hybrid environment such as AI, elastic GPU computing and business intelligence.

The platform will be optimised and certified on HPE's servers, including HPE ProLiant Gen10 services and HPE FlexFabric networking switches. HPE said in a statement that the platform would help customers accelerate small-to-large scale hybrid cloud deployments, ranging from 20 to 10,000 servers.

“Customers are increasingly looking to deploy and design the right mix of cloud environments to take on different workloads of data while maintaining control of on- and off-premises solutions," said Scott Morris, HPE's APAC vice president and general manager for distribution and alliances.

"In supporting Alibaba Cloud, we’re aiming to help customers leverage Apsara Stack powered by HPE technology and services to deploy a comprehensive suite of scalable cloud computing services that securely and cost-effectively manage their business needs.”

Alibaba general manager of dedicated cloud and enterprise application Jin Ma said the partnership demonstrated the importance of Alibaba Cloud's partner network.

"We aim to empower enterprises to build a powerful shared service platform in their on-premises data centre that complies with security, regulation and data sovereignty requirements,” Ma added.

The platform is scheduled to go live in Asia-Pacific by the end of 2018.

Alibaba expanded its cloud footprint in Australia by opening a second availability zone in Sydney, 18 months after launch. The company has offered cloud computing, storage, middleware and security to Australian customers since late 2016.

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