September 21, 2018

Tech giants Alibaba Cloud partner with Palo Alto Networks for data security

The alliance aims to protect enterprise applications by leveraging Palo Alto’s data security solutions as they migrate to Alibaba Cloud.

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Tech giants Alibaba Cloud have struck a strategic alliance with US-based Palo Alto Networks (PAN) to protect business-critical applications and data that will migrate to Alibaba Cloud. As per the terms of the deal, Alibaba Cloud will be leveraging PAN’s data security solutions to secure sensitive information hosted on the public, private and hybrid cloud environments.

According to the tech giants, enterprises need a safe place and solution that can guarantee the security of information, applications and workloads hosted on the cloud. This need has grown by leaps as a result of the increasing number of cyber assaults across all kinds of hosting environments.

By partnering with PAN, Alibaba Cloud claim that the US-based data security firm will get more presence in the South-East Asian market. They also say that enterprises will be able to fearlessly adopt newer cloud architectures without having to worry about the loss of data in the cloud.

The alliance was announced at the Computing Conference, 2018 hosted by Alibaba Group in Hangzhou, China. The tech giant says that this alliance is one-of-its-kind given the slight lull in business experienced between the U.S. and China, in recent times.

Alibaba Cloud say that they will be providing a comprehensive suite of cloud solutions to meet the needs of enterprises in China and South East Asia. They say that since they saw synergies with PAN in terms of vision, mission and growth for applications in the cloud market, forming the alliance became easier.

Industry experts opine that the partnership will benefit all the stakeholders- Alibaba, PAN and enterprise cloud customers, only to boost the market share of Alibaba in the long run. It will be interesting to witness the developments in this market after this deal as well as Alibaba’s partnership with SAP for cloud IaaS (Infrastructure-as-a-Service).

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