Reliance GCX-Alibaba arm to offer cloud solutions

Reliance Communications’ subsidiary Global Cloud Xchange (GCX) and Alibaba Cloud will jointly offer cloud solutions to enterprises through the latter’s Cloud Express Connect via GCX’s Cloud X Fusion in Singapore, said GCX on Wednesday.

The GCX and Alibaba Cloud — the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group — signed an agreement at the Alibaba’s Cloud Computing Conference at Nanjing in China to drive business opportunities of enterprise customers.

“As the Cloud revolution continues and innovation becomes rapid, we see an exponential growth in connectivity requirements and infrastructure,” said GCX Chief Executive Officer Bill Barney in a statement here.

As part of the agreement, the GCX will provide the Alibaba Cloud secure and low latency solutions across its global subsea network infrastructure, which covers major e-commerce hubs worldwide, according to the agreement.

Through the GCX’s global network and its product portfolio, Cloud X Fusion provides seamless, low latency connectivity across developed and emerging markets in the US, Europe, Middle East and Asia.

“The connectivity gives enterprises security, reliability and predictability as they connect to Alibaba Cloud services on a dynamic usage-based consumption,” said the statement.

“As we enter a new era of digital transformation, businesses across the globe require new levels of support to tap into the emerging opportunities of data technology and data intelligence.

“Through the interconnection of Cloud Express Connect and Cloud X Fusion, customers will benefit from flexibility and global reach to improve competitiveness in the new paradigm,” said Alibaba Cloud Vice-President Jiong Sun in the statement.

Cloud X Fusion is a proprietary platform designed to combine the speed and power of fibre optics with agility, flexibility and cost-efficiencies of “pay-as-you-go” cloud computing.

Cloud’s Express Connect provides fast, stable and secure network connections between cloud environments, including Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) intranet intercommunication and dedicated leased line connections across regions and users.

“With Express Connect, enterprises can increase the flexibility of their network topology and enhance the quality and security of inter-network communication,” the statement added.