Aliyun’s cloud to boost en­trepreneurs

China Daily (USA) - - BUSINESS - By FAN­FEIFEI in Bei­jing and ZHANG MIN in Tianjin Con­tact the writ­ers at fan­feifei@chi­ and zhang­min@ chi­

Aliyun, the cloud com­put­ing brand of e-com­merce gi­ant Alibaba Group, an­nounced fur­ther moves within two years to help star­tups in the Bin­hai New Area of Tianjin with cloud com­put­ing ser­vices.

It will pro­vide cloud ser­vices for 600 tech­no­log­i­cal in­no­va­tio­nen­ter­pris­esand­help them ac­cess the in­ter­net. This will help them re­duce en­tre­pre­neur­ial costs and en­hance ef­fi­ciency, ac­cord­ing to the agree­ments signed by Aliyun and the management com­mit­tee of Tianjin Bin­hai New Area’s cen­tral busi­ness dis­trict.

Tech­ni­cal and fi­nan­cial sup­port will be given to these star­tups. More­over, Aliyun will co­op­er­ate with lead­ing uni­ver­si­ties in Tianjin to set up cour­ses re­lated to cloud com­put­ing and data sci­ence and to train skilled work­ers.

“Ob­vi­ously, the gov­ern­ment has of­fered a solid foun­da­tion for star­tups, but what’s more im­por­tant are soft skills, which Aliyun will fo­cus on,” said Liu Song, gen­eral man­ager of Alibaba Group’s Ecosys­tem.

“Star­tups have a world­wide Liu Song, prob­lem, that is, their three to five per­cent sur­vival rate,” he said, “what we will do is to give each in­cu­ba­tor a pro­fes­sional en­tre­pre­neur­ial en­vi­ron­ment.”

“En­trepreneurs will ben­e­fit from Alibaba’s global scale and have ac­cess to Alibaba’s on­line re­tail plat­form,” he fur­ther ex­plained.

UrWork, a co-work­ing of­fice space owned by Mao Daqing, Vanke Group’s for­mer vi­cepres­i­dent, will co­op­er­ate with Aliyun to pro­vide places for these star­tups, which are ex­pected to start trial op­er­a­tion in early Septem­ber.

This is not Aliyun’s first moveto ex­pand its cloud ser­vices in Tianjin. The firm signed a con­tract with the gov­ern­ment to open one of its own in­cu­ba­tors in Tianjin in July of last year, ac­cord­ing to lo­cal me­dia.

Aliyun has es­tab­lished strate­gic co­op­er­a­tive part­ner­ships with tech gi­ants. It has worked with smart­phone maker HTC Corp, IT ser­vice provider Dig­i­tal China Hold­ings Ltd and global au­dit and ad­vi­sory firm Deloitte to pro­mote the de­vel­op­ment of its cloud busi­ness.

Ac­cord­ing to the con­sul­tancy Gart­ner Inc, the world­wide cloud ser­vices mar­ket is pro­jected to grow 16.5 per­cent in 2016 to to­tal $204 bil­lion, up from $175 bil­lion in 2015.

Char­lie Dai, prin­ci­pal an­a­lyst at For­rester Re­search Inc, told China Daily: “Star­tups and small and medium-sized com­pa­nies are key ar­eas for adopt­ing public cloud ser­vices. Although their sizes are rel­a­tively small, some of them have sig­nif­i­cant growth po­ten­tial.”

Star­tups have a world­wide prob­lem, that is, their three to five per­cent sur­vival rate.” gen­eral man­ager of Alibaba Group’s Ecosys­tem

Liu Jing con­trib­uted story. to this

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