Alibaba, Amazon, Microsoft main players in cloud market

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Alibaba, Amazon, Microsoft main players in cloud market: columnist

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Aliyun's headquarters in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, January 2013. (Photo/CFP)

Aliyun’s headquarters in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, January 2013. (Photo/CFP)

Amazon, Microsoft and Alibaba are set to become the three leaders in the global cloud computing market, according to Chinese columnist Liu Kuang.

Alibaba’s Aliyun cloud division recently set up operations in Silicon Valley in California and in Dubai, while rival cloud computing services, Amazon Web Services and Microsoft’s Azure, are expanding in China, Liu said.

Aliyun, which controls nearly 25% of the cloud computing market in China, is the market leader in China and the main obstacle to the expansion of Amazon and Microsoft there, Liu said.

Aliyun has 1.4 million clients in China, outnumbering Amazon Web Services’ 1 million around the world, and the Chinese company’s partnership with over 10 provincial governments and key government agencies at home helps solidify its position, Liu said.

Moreover, Aliyun is the first cloud computing company to offer clients services built on single clusters of 5,000 servers, which provide faster processing speeds, Liu added.

This year, Aliyun is expected to expand the number of its data centers around the world from seven to 12, a pace of expansion rarely seen anywhere in the world, Liu said.

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