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At the Apsara Conference 2020, Alibaba Cloud launched new savings plans that help customers optimize their computing costs. Customers can purchase cloud resources in advance and enjoy pay-as-you-go services to improve flexibility and efficiency, as well as reducing costs. This article will introduce the newly launched savings plans in detail.

How to Purchase Cloud Resources in Cloud Native Era?


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To learn more about developing the right cloud-native architecture for your business, download The Cloud-Native Architecture White Paper today.

Cloud computing is an established solution, helping many businesses achieve the performance required to compete in today’s increasingly digitized market. It’s latest evolution, cloud-native, is helping businesses achieve ultimate elasticity. But cloud-native is developing at a fast pace and there are several key, emerging trends every developer must understand to create the right environment for your organization now, and in the years ahead.

Trend 1: Dynamic, Hybrid and Distributed Clouds Are Becoming the New Normal

Many businesses are choosing a hybrid cloud environment and distributed frameworks. These technologies use data center and cloud-based resources in a fine-grained and dynamic manner, allowing applications to make full use of these fragmented systems. …


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By Puling

In the field of cloud computing, OpenAPIs are unambiguously acknowledged as the most vital tools for developers. OpenAPI allows programmers to include instructions in their programming, like sending text messages, organizing resources, and managing permissions. It simply allows performing another OpenAPI call if one is not enough. As more companies are opting for open platforms for flexibility, OpenAPIs are increasingly favored as an indispensable part of the integration infrastructure. However, a question remains as to whether the OpenAPIs are really consumer-friendly. This article explores the crucial challenges related to OpenAPIs and introduces tailored solutions.

Background

Puling is an engineer at Alibaba Cloud. He is an ardent lover of open source technologies and is one of China’s top experts active on GitHub. In his sixth year with the company, he considered quitting his job to join a startup. And while he was deliberating the decision and pondering his work, he felt that Alibaba Cloud had earned its reputation for providing excellent cloud computing services and products, which were popular choices among startups. But even so, since he had written many SDKs for Node.js, he knew that there was still room for improvement in Alibaba Cloud’s developer experience. He decided, out of his passion for programming, that he would stay and try to improve the situation. He then joined Alibaba Cloud Open Platform and dedicated himself to the optimization of SDKs. TeaDSL is a patented solution developed by Puling and his team. The following sections share his thoughts on and understanding of using TeaDSL as a multi-language SDK solution. …


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By Shantanu Kaushik

Cloud computing has brought along a massive shift in how technologies are implemented and utilized. Management, configuration, and delivery models can be implemented to gain productivity in any scenario. Middleware systems were introduced to achieve better collaboration and seamless talk between two counterparts of the same solution.

Loosely coupled solutions, such as microservices, typically prove to be a better-managed solution, as an effect on one counterpart will not affect the others. Alibaba Cloud Application Configuration Management (ACM) has a well-defined architecture to support large amounts of concurrent connections, and just like a well-built enterprise solution, ACM supports almost all of the required features to configure and manage applications in a better way. …


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By Shantanu Kaushik

Deploying an application isn’t only hosting anymore. Business applications are the backbone of economic stability and proper functioning of any organization, including big data applications or a DevOps practice. In today’s ever-changing technological paradigms, business applications are highly dependent on proper management.

With microservices and containers, loosely coupled application architecture helps reduce dependencies and allows for more independent application management. In this article, we will introduce and discuss Alibaba Cloud ACM, its benefits, functionality, and usage.

Let’s take a look at the technical workflow architecture associated with Alibaba Cloud ACM:


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Project Introduction

Agriforum mainly aims at providing farmers with accurate information at the right time for better crop yield, improved economic outcome, and more efficient water management (this can be done based on weather insights from our app).

Target Problems

The application aims at providing tailored information for each farmer by location, crop type, and even the plants’ stage of development during the growing season. When deciding upon crops, farmers must keep in mind several factors such as temperature, rainfall, soil type, nutrients level in soil, and to name a few. …


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By Dong Yan (Simu)

2019 was a major year for the development of Flutter technology. App developers were obsessed with the features and concepts of Flutter, such as fast development, expressive and flexible user interfaces (UIs), and native performance. Despite various challenges, developers are constantly exploring and applying Flutter technology to different scenarios, such as super apps, proprietary apps, Flutter-exclusive stacks, and hybrid stacks.


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By Matt Zand, in collaboration with Brian Wu

Blockchain technology is gaining tremendous popularity among developers and cloud architects as its use cases are growing among enterprise applications. Currently, the top 3 most popular blockchain platforms include: Ethereum, Hyperledger, and Corda. Hyperledger is slowly becoming the number one choice among private enterprise blockchains. Also, Hyperledger Family consists of many projects (like Hyperledger Fabric), libraries and tools. Regardless of the choice of platform, every blockchain will have common components like smart contracts, consensus algorithms, and just to name a few.

A fundamental problem in large-scale distributed systems is how to achieve overall system reliability in the presence of failures. Systems need to be fault-tolerant. This requires a process for distributed, often heterogeneous systems to reach a consensus and agree on the network state, whether it is a database commit or an action to take. The following 3 consensus algorithms are widely used in blockchain…


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Still struggling with DDoS attacks? Contact us today to get FREE emergency support!

As 2020 draws to a close, it’s critical to note how the global cybersecurity landscape dramatically changed this year amid the COVID-19 outbreak. Cybersecurity threats dominated headlines in 2020 as the global business world witnessed record-breaking cyber attacks across online platforms and services. The cybersecurity threats such as Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) are on the rise across industries disrupting businesses of all sizes worldwide. According to the 2020 Threat Intelligence Report by NetScout, more than 4.83 million DDoS attacks occurred in the first half of 2020. …


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By Shantanu Kaushik

In Part 1 of this series on Alibaba Cloud Express Connect, we discussed how Express Connect works. We also gave an overview of the information flow and the general benefits you can extract while using Alibaba Cloud Express Connect for connecting on-premises data centers to the cloud and while connecting Virtual Private Clouds to other VPCs.

In this article, we will showcase some of the use-case scenarios applicable to Alibaba Cloud Express Connect.

Alibaba Cloud Express Connect is based on the functionalities of Smart Access Gateway (SAG) and SD-WAN. Express Connect is an all-in-one network service that integrates high reliability, performance, and features available for dedicated physical connections. …

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