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Posted by David Goldstein

Blake_Irving_GoDaddy_imageIt’s the world’s largest domain name registrar and cloud platform dedicated to small, independent ventures. It has nearly 17 million customers worldwide, over 71 million domain names under management and over 6,000 employees around the world. And it’s CEO of the last 4.5 years, Blake Irving, has announced he will be stepping down and retiring at the end of 2017, days short of what would have been his fifth anniversary.

Scott Wagner, GoDaddy’s president and chief operating officer, will assume the CEO role upon Blake’s departure. Irving will continue to serve on GoDaddy’s Board of Directors through June 2018.

Under his leadership, GoDaddy has grown from 55 million DUM to more than 71 million, grown from $1 billion in annual revenue to $1.88 billion with $1 billion in domain bookings for 2016, launched an initial public offering and now has localised solutions in 56 markets.

“After more than three decades in technology, I’ve decided it’s time to retire and begin the next phase of my life,” said Blake Irving, GoDaddy CEO. “Over the last five years, we’ve assembled a seasoned and diverse leadership team, and expanded our reach around the world, now serving customers in 125 countries with purpose-build products – all while doubling our revenue and profits. GoDaddy’s trajectory is clear and our momentum strong. It is the perfect time to transition leadership to Scott Wagner. I couldn’t be prouder of what the company has accomplished, and I am equally excited about what the company will achieve under Scott’s leadership.”

Wagner joined GoDaddy in 2013, after a 13-year tenure at KKR, where he served as a partner. Wagner was a key member of the team that invested in GoDaddy in 2011, serving as GoDaddy’s interim CEO, and then joined the company’s leadership team as CFO and COO when Irving became CEO. Wagner was promoted to the role of President in 2016, with expanded responsibility across go-to-market channels, including marketing, customer care, international markets, and corporate development.

“GoDaddy is truly a unique company, and I’m honored to serve as the next CEO,” said Scott Wagner, GoDaddy president and chief operating officer. “GoDaddy has become the starting place for getting an idea online, and we’ve been incredibly successful with nearly 17 million customers around the world. There remains a huge strategic opportunity for GoDaddy – innovating across our product portfolio and technical platform, engaging more frequently with our existing customers, and continuing to serve new geographic markets and customer segments.  I look forward to the next wave of GoDaddy’s evolution and to creating a unique, category-creating cloud software company that enables ideas to start and thrive online.”

“We’d like to thank Blake for the tremendous contributions he’s made over the last five years – his impact will be long felt,” said Chuck Robel, GoDaddy Chairman of the Board. “The board is extremely confident that under Scott’s leadership, GoDaddy will continue to have an incredibly bright and successful future.”

Before coming to GoDaddy in 2013, Irving was EVP and Chief Product Officer at Yahoo!, where he expanded monthly users to nearly one billion, launched 180 new Yahoo! websites worldwide and rolled out products in 23 languages and 30 new markets.

Prior to Yahoo!, he spent 15 years at Microsoft creating world-changing consumer products like NetMeeting, MSN Messenger and growing Hotmail to the largest mail service in the world. As Corporate Vice President of the Windows Live Platform, Irving led the company’s global Internet development and operations, managing a $1 billion global R&D budget and overseeing development teams in the US, India, China and Europe.

Irving began his career at Xerox and Compaq and has been a professor at Pepperdine’s School of Business.

For GoDaddy, Irving and Wagner will work closely together through the end of the year, as they transition CEO leadership to Wagner.

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Posted by Richard Chirgwin

Rigged a random number generator and tried to cash in

The lottery sysadmin who fooled around with random numbers has a new variable to consider: how much up to 25 years he'll have to serve of his latest sentence.…

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"Понятие «христианство», особенно после Реформации, объединило огромное количество групп. В двадцатом веке притязания на «истинное христианство» могут принадлежать кому угодно, от католического кардинала в Ватикане до африканского методистского епископального проповедника, начинающего возрождение в Детройте, от мормонского миссионера в Таиланде до члена сельской церковной общины на греческом побережьи. Но католики, протестанты и православные соглашаются, что подобное разнообразие является результатом недавних – и прискорбных – событий. Согласно христианской легенде, ранняя церковь была иной. Оглядываясь на первоначальную церковь, христиане любых убеждений находят более простые, чистые формы христианской веры. Во времена апостолов все члены христианской общины делились деньгами и имуществом, все верили одному учению и молились вместе, все преклонялись перед авторитетом апостолов. Только после этого золотого века появился конфликт, а затем и ересь: так говорит автор Деяний Апостолов, осознающий себя первым историком христианства.
Но открытие Наг-Хаммади опрокидывает эту картину. Допустив, что некоторые из этих пятидесяти двух текстов представляют ранние формы христианского учения, мы можем признать, что раннее христианство было намного более разнообразным, чем почти все предполагали до открытия Наг-Хаммади.

GoDaddy CEO to retire at 58

Aug. 22nd, 2017 09:33 pm
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Posted by Kevin Murphy

GoDaddy CEO Blake Irving tonight announced his retirement from the company. Irving, 58, said he will leave the corner office at the end of 2017, and will stick around on its board of directors until June next year. He will be replaced by current chief operating officer Scott Wagner, who joined the registrar in 2013 […]

А сегодня...

Aug. 23rd, 2017 12:44 am
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...или где-то в этих числах (как пишет А.Круглов - http://holocaust-ukraine.net/res/custom/files/scientific_literature/3_4_Kruglov_Hronika.pdf ) 76 лет назад, в 1941 году, нацистами были расстреляны 670 евреев города Малина, что в Украине.

Возможно, в этот же день погибли Гершон Беров Рахман и его супруга, Софья (Снейдл) Соломоновна, в девичестве Лумельская, родители прабабушки (которая мать дедушки). Поскольку вряд ли удастся точно узнать дату их смерти, будем считать, что годовщина - сегодня.

Вот их фотография.

И вот.
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Да, на пляжах сегодня не был, ибо скатался, посмотрел на Щецин.
Весьма интересный город, для меня в первую очередь своей частичной похожестью на города другие (и непохожестью при этом на другие города польские), есть тут и уголок Стокгольма, и что-то от Вены, намёки на города саксонские, а в одном месте просто обалдел - выхожу из ТЦ и прямо телепортируюсь на типичную пражскую улицу.
В общем, куда Голливуд смотрит, непонятно, денег сэкономить могли бы уйму...
Не знаю, хватит ли у меня терпения делать большие фотоотчёты... Пока вот одна фоточка отттуда, выбырайте, кто что хочет - кому трамвай, а кому даму на велике...

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Секвенирование ДНК клеток рака легких из различных участков удаленных опухолей выявило индивидуальный для каждого пациента набор мутаций. Мониторинг ДНК, циркулирующей в плазме крови этих пациентов, позволил обнаружить рецидивы и метастазы первичных опухолей задолго до того, как они становились видны на томограммах.

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Posted by Iain Thomson

Your plastic pal who's psychotic

Robots are increasingly common in the 21st Century, both on the factory floor and in the home, however it appears their security systems are anything but modern and high tech.…

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Posted by Thomas Claburn

Credentials stored in the cloud succumb to forensic software

ElcomSoft, the Russia-based maker of forensic software, has managed to find a way to access the data stored in Apple's iCloud Keychain, if Apple ID account credentials are available.…

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Новая буря в нашем техно-стаканчике воды. Один из лидеров проекта nodejs ретвитил статью, в которой защищается свобода слова (уже ясно, что явный фашист, но это только начало) и сопроводил её комментарием, дескать, у "кодов поведения" есть и некоторые потенциальные недостатки.
Разумеется, такую крамолу не могли оставить без ответа, и у военов света привычно вскипел разум. Один из них пообещал в Твиттере насрать при встрече крамольнику в лаптоп (буквально, кроме шуток). 
Тут собралась инициативная группа, которая потребовала осуждения и изгнания крамольника - во-первых, за мыслепреступления и сомнения в святом ("код поведения" - обычно многословный список клятв в верности идеалам дайверсити и политверности - это Святой Грааль, в благотворности которого истинно правоверный сомневаться не может), во вторых, за то, что обидел ни в чём не повинного пользователя, опубликовав его угрозу насрать в лаптоп (как мы все знаем, для левых цитирование их собственных слов считается грязным, неприличным приёмом). Ну и всякое по мелочи, как водится - растрата семенного фонда и т.п. 
Инициативная группа потребовала немедленно изгнать врага народа из проекта. Однако по правилам, для этого нужно голосование. Проголосовали, и оказалось, что из двенадцати только 4 за изгнание, двое не уверены, а шестеро против. Возмущённые этим, все четверо проголосовавших за вышли из лидерства проекта, поскольку не могли более терпеть атмосферу бесчинств и непотребств. 

А, самое смешное - что комитет, из которого крамольника пытались изгнать - это Technical Steering Committee, т.е. группа, осуществляющая (по идее) техническое лидерство, а не идеологический контроль. Однако по факту, как мы видим, всё совсем не так. 

Казалось бы, у этой истории хороший конец. Однако если подумать, что даже сама мысль о том, что вы можете сомневаться в догмах политкорректности, сама возможность обсуждения - не отторжения, не оспаривания, а всего лишь дискуссии - этих догм так нетерпима для этих 40%, что они требуют только полного и окончательного размежевания и вытаптывания всяческой мысли, не совпадающей буквально с линией партии - то веселиться тут не о чём. В следующий раз расклад может быть другой, пару человек передумают и куку. 

P.S. дискуссия на HN
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Секвенирование ДНК клеток рака легких из различных участков удаленных опухолей выявило индивидуальный для каждого пациента набор мутаций. Мониторинг ДНК, циркулирующей в плазме крови этих пациентов, позволил обнаружить рецидивы и метастазы первичных опухолей задолго до того, как они становились видны на томограммах.

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Posted by Philipp Winter

We are looking for volunteers for a study to improve the usability of Tor and onion services, but first some background: The Tor network is primarily known for client anonymity, that is, users can download Tor Browser and browse the Internet anonymously. A slightly lesser-known feature of Tor is server anonymity. It is possible to set up web servers—and other TCP-based services—whose IP address is hidden by the Tor network. We call these “hidden” servers onion services. Several well-known web sites such as Facebook, DuckDuckGo, and ProPublica have started to offer onion services in addition to their normal web sites.

Onion services differ from normal web services in several aspects; for example in their unusual domain format (an example is expyuzz4wqqyqhjn.onion, The Tor Project’s onion site) and in the way users connect to them—onion services are only accessible over Tor. In this research project, we are trying to understand how users deal with these differences by administering a survey to Tor users. A sound understanding of how users interact with onion services will allow privacy engineers to both improve onion service usability and better protect Tor users from surveillance, censorship, and other attacks.

You can help our research by filling out our survey. To learn more about our work, visit our project page, and don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if you have any questions.

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Секвенирование ДНК клеток рака легких из различных участков удаленных опухолей выявило индивидуальный для каждого пациента набор мутаций. Мониторинг ДНК, циркулирующей в плазме крови этих пациентов, позволил обнаружить рецидивы и метастазы первичных опухолей задолго до того, как они становились видны на томограммах.

Всемирная паутина!

Aug. 22nd, 2017 06:46 pm
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Попробовал позапускать разные оконные менеджеры в свежем Debian’а Stretch, может и вправду среди них найдётся какой-нибудь получше гнома, которым я уже давно только и пользуюсь.

В смысле, я эти менеджеры не устанавливал, а просто загружал разные live iso (кстати, не с DVD, а прям с телефона: drivedroid — очень полезная программа ;)
Оказалось, что на всех этих live iso можно прямо в начале загрузки включить вместо английского другой язык. Ну я попробовал русский, и заметил много странностей. Вовсе не граблей, от них никаких отрицательных эффектов нет, а просто странностей:

Вот такая программочка там нашлась:

А также апплеты, хотя и приложения тоже есть:

Или вот Петлевое устройство, хоть и с неизвестным содержимым, но таки смонтированное:

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Оригинал этой записи в личном блоге.

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Posted by David Bisson

Anonymous hacker says they stole 1.2 million NHS patients' data

A member of the Anonymous hacking collective claims to have stolen data belonging to 1.2 million patients of the United Kingdom's National Health Service (NHS).

David Bisson reports.

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Posted by Alex Barnsbee

By Lucas Apa (@lucasapa)

Traditional industrial robots are boring. Typically, they are autonomous or operate with limited guidance and execute repetitive, programmed tasks in manufacturing and production settings.1 They are often used to perform duties that are dangerous or unsuitable for workers; therefore, they operate in isolation from humans and other valuable machinery.

This is not the
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Posted by Paul Mutton

As the Cloud Wars heat up, the Chinese Alibaba Group has overtaken DigitalOcean to become the second largest hosting company in the world. Netcraft's July 2017 survey found nearly 432,000 web-facing computers hosted by Alibaba.

Alibaba has shown tremendous growth in 2017.

Open Sesame: Alibaba has shown tremendous growth in 2017.

Alibaba has clearly made significant progress in the web hosting battleground over the last five years. Its Aliyun cloud hosting service accounted for the majority of its web-facing computers in 2013, and made it the largest hosting company in China by 2015.

Since then, Aliyun's international website has been rebranded as Alibaba Cloud, and now offers even more features than before – seemingly in an attempt to take on the might of Amazon, which still reigns as the world's largest hosting company.

Cloud Wars: Episode II?

All three of the world's largest hosting companies – Amazon, Alibaba Group, and DigitalOcean – have achieved their positions by offering relatively low-cost cloud computing resources. While there is unavoidable overlap between the features offered by each company, a comparison of Amazon's pricelist and a list Alibaba Cloud's new offerings reveals some striking similarities.

For instance, Alibaba's general purpose virtual servers are known as Elastic Compute Service (ECS) instances, while Amazon Web Services offers similarly capable Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) instances. Alibaba and Amazon also both offer private inter-instance networking, load balancing, auto scaling, cloud content delivery, and elastic IP addresses. Alibaba's ApsaraDB for RDS service provides features similar to Amazon's own Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS), and its Object Storage Service (OSS) is akin to Amazon's Simple Storage Service (S3).

This trend – where Alibaba Cloud appears to be implementing very similar features to those provided by Amazon Web Services – ought to be of great concern to Amazon. In a cloud hosting market with few distinguishing features amongst the leading providers, success could ultimately boil down to which one is cheapest.

Alibaba Cloud ready to grow its international customer base

Accessibility and ease of use can also play an important part in the success of a hosting provider, and Aliyun had some fundamental limitations that held back its earlier growth. Most notably, its virtual machines could only be hosted in China, which meant that they could not be bought by many customers outside China, and it was unsuitable for hosting websites that had an international audience.

Any customer who wanted to buy a virtual server at Aliyun had to go through an identity verification process that required them to be a national of China or one of a few other Asia-Pacific countries, or to represent a Chinese company. Also, all websites hosted in China were – and still are – required by law to obtain an ICP licence.

Flaky cross-border internet connectivity, along with potential interference by the Great Firewall of China, also made China a poor location to host any website that has an international audience. The aliyun.com website itself was also hosted in China, resulting in a very poor user experience from outside China – many international requests were unreasonably slow, and some did not succeed at all:

In September 2013, international requests to aliyun.com were often slow and occasionally timed out.

In September 2013, requests to aliyun.com from outside of China were often slow and occasionally timed out.

Alibaba Cloud has resolved these connectivity issues by opening overseas data centres and hosting the international version of its website – alibabacloud.com in Singapore. Singapore has numerous submarine cables that provide links throughout Asia, Australia, the Middle East, Europe and the US. This connectivity results in faster, more consistent international response times, with very few requests failing.

Alibaba Cloud's new data centers

In addition to its six data centers in mainland China, Alibaba Cloud now operates several others located in Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Australia, Dubai, Germany and the United States. It is also planning to open more in India and Indonesia by March 2018.

Currently available regions for Alibaba Cloud ECS instances.

Currently available regions for Alibaba Cloud ECS instances.

These additional hosting locations effectively eliminate the regulatory issues that were associated with hosting websites in China, and also resolve performance issues. Not only is the connectivity to these countries significantly more reliable, but a customer also has the opportunity to get faster connection times by choosing a data center that is closer to its primary audience.

To facilitate growth in the world market, https://www.alibabacloud.com/ automatically presents international visitors with an English-language version of the site. Logged-in users can control their products via an international version of Alibaba Cloud's control panel at https://home-intl.console.aliyun.com, and a ticket-based support system is also available in English. Previously, the Aliyun website, control panel and technical support were only available in Chinese.

Conversely, Amazon's support for Chinese customers has also improved, and after broadening its operating relationship with the Beijing Sinnet Technology Co., it has been able to comply with Chinese telecom regulations and simplify its billing and fapiao invoice processes.

Alibaba Cloud's new international site features interactive background animations, headline offers, and detailed information about each Alibaba Cloud product. However, there are still problems to be ironed out, which become evident before a user has even managed to create an account. For example, signing up for a free Alibaba Cloud account via the international site requires the prospective customer to verify his email address by entering a number that is sent to the address; however, no such emails were received by Netcraft following several signup attempts during July.


Clicking the "Not receiving an email?" link takes the user to a help page that advises, "If you still fail to receive an email, please contact us via support@alicloud.com." This merely routes the prospective customer down another frustrating dead-end: The server at alicloud.com does not accept SMTP connections, and Alibaba has failed to configure an MX record for the alicloud.com domain, and so any emails to this address will never be delivered.

Despite repeated attempts, it was not possible to summon help via the publicised support address.

Despite repeated attempts, it was not possible to summon help via the publicised support address.

Problems like these could immediately deter – or simply prevent – customers from signing up in the first place, although they may just be teething problems caused by Aliyun's international rebranding to Alibaba Cloud. This transition was still in progress while this article was being written, with some pages on https://intl.aliyun.com/ later redirecting to equivalent pages on https://www.alibabacloud.com.

Alibaba Cloud's enormous potential

Netcraft's July 2017 survey found that 93% of Alibaba's web-facing computers use IP addresses that are allocated to China, followed by 6% in the United States.

Considering how massive Alibaba Cloud is in China alone, it has enormous potential if it can attract similar levels of custom from the rest of the world. It is also a testament to how big a player China is on the internet – not only does it have more than twice as many internet users as the United States, but a company with most of its servers in China is now ranked #2 in the world.

Connectivity-wise, there seems to be no reason why Alibaba Cloud should not do well outside of China. For example, here is a performance chart of one of its smallest ECS instances hosted in Germany, collocated in a data center owned by Vodafone:


Should Amazon be afraid?

Amazon currently hosts more than 836,000 web-facing computers, which is nearly twice as many as Alibaba Group; although Amazon has had a considerable head start over both DigitalOcean and Alibaba, which are both relative newcomers.

Amazon has been the largest hosting company since September 2012, before the first DigitalOcean droplet had even appeared in Netcraft's survey. While this goes to demonstrate the impressive speed of DigitalOcean's growth over the past four years, Amazon is now growing at an even faster pace:


Although Alibaba is far from threatening Amazon's lead, its operations outside of China are arguably still in their infancy. In fact, the 402,000 web-facing computers it hosts from China-allocated IP addresses would alone be sufficient to make Alibaba the second largest hosting company in the world today.

By starting off in China, Alibaba has made significant progress and gained considerable experience in a market it understands well. Alibaba Cloud has used this experience to develop and refine its products, and time will tell if it is able to enjoy similar success across the global market.

Both Amazon and Alibaba have the financial might to drive future growth and develop (or copy) new cloud hosting innovations. Unlike DigitalOcean – which is purely a cloud hosting company – Amazon and Alibaba both attract billions of dollars of revenue from their online retail operations. These provide easily accessible surety for their hosting subdivisions, while DigitalOcean has been funded by lines of credit and investment capital.

Alibaba Cloud is finally price competitive

Another factor that held back Aliyun in the past was its relatively high pricing compared with its competitors. In 2013, its cheapest cloud instance was almost twice the cost of Amazon's cheapest, and the subsequent rise of DigitalOcean made Aliyun even less competitive. By 2015, DigitalOcean's $5/month droplets worked out less than a third of the cost of an equivalent instance at Aliyun.

But Alibaba Cloud has worked towards addressing these pricing discrepancies. Today, it is much more price competitive, with many services being cheaper than Amazon AWS. While it is difficult to make a direct comparison between competing specifications, Alibaba Cloud's regular pricing is also much closer to DigitalOcean's for some instance types – and some of its current promotional offers make it significantly cheaper.

In a move to capture new customers, one of Alibaba Cloud's headline promotional offers is an SSD cloud server for only $30 per year, which is 84% less than its regular pricing. These single-core instances come with 1GB memory, a 40GB SSD Cloud Disk, and 1TB/month data transfer, which gives them a higher spec than DigitalOcean's cheapest $60/year instances, while having the same amount of SSD storage as DigitalOcean's $240/year instances.

Alibaba Cloud accepts PayPal

Amazon AWS and Alibaba Cloud both accept credit cards as payment methods, but Alibaba also accepts PayPal, which is likely to work in its favour. Some people perceive PayPal payments to be less risky and more convenient, but Alibaba's history with PayPal raises the question of whether it will always remain a payment option at Alibaba Cloud.

For instance, Alibaba's international AliExpress online marketplace used to accept PayPal, but it no longer does. AliExpress customers are instead given a multitude of other payment options, which includes credit cards, bank transfers, Webmoney, Yandex.Money, and Western Union. Similarly, Amazon does not allow PayPal as a payment method – either for AWS or on its main online retail site – perhaps because it operates its own competing service in the form of Amazon Pay.

Notably, Alibaba also operates its own third-party online payment platform called Alipay, which is also a payment option on AliExpress, but not on Alibaba Cloud. It would be surprising if this payment method were not also made available on Alibaba Cloud in the future, as payments funded by a sufficient Alipay wallet balance would presumably be free to handle, or certainly cheaper to handle than a credit card payment. Alipay is still the primary payment method for Chinese cloud customers on cn.aliyun.com.

Alibaba's prior experience with several other payment methods on AliExpress also suggests that it could easily introduce additional payment methods for Alibaba Cloud in the future.

Who is using Alibaba Cloud?

Chinese companies are still the most prominent users of Alibaba Cloud, which is no surprise given that most of its web-facing computers are still hosted in China.

Although Alibaba has the second largest number of web-facing computers, it has a relatively low presence among the world's top million websites – only 6,560 are hosted by Alibaba, compared with 13,000 at DigitalOcean and 79,800 at Amazon. Alibaba's lower turnout is not too surprising, as many of the sites hosted in China are likely only intended for Chinese audiences, and therefore end up with a lower global rank.

Some of the highest ranked websites hosted in Alibaba's US data centers – and therefore more readily accessible by an international audience – belong to Alibaba Group companies. This includes several hostnames used by its AliExpress online retail service, which allows Chinese retailers to sell to international customers. Customers in mainland China are not allowed to buy from AliExpress; instead, they would use Alibaba's Taobao marketplace, which is hosted in China.

AliExpress is hosted in the US, so it can better target customers outside of China.

AliExpress is hosted in the US, so it can better target customers outside of China.

Other high-ranking sites hosted outside of mainland China include those operated by the academic publisher IVY, which specialises in the publication of international Chinese journals. China's biggest video site, Youku – which was acquired by Alibaba Group in 2016 – also has a reliable international presence by virtue of using the Alibaba Cloud CDN, which has 530 edge nodes around the world.

As with Amazon AWS, the cloud computing instances provided by Alibaba Cloud give customers plenty of control over not just what software is installed on them, but also which operating systems they use. This consequently results in a diverse ecosystem of operating systems within its cloud. Windows Server has always been big in China, and indeed, this is reflected by 37% of web-facing computers at Alibaba running Windows.

Alibaba Cloud also provides several Linux operating systems for its ECS instances, including various versions of Ubuntu, Debian, CoreOS, CentOS, FreeBSD, OpenSUSE, SUSE Linux, and its own Alibaba Cloud Linux; however, CentOS is the recommended distribution.

These Linux operating systems make up 58% of the web-facing Alibaba Cloud, and cost less than Windows instances, which incur a premium of roughly $5 per core per month to cover the cost of Windows licensing. For example, a 4-core Generation II ecs.n1.large instance costs $107.20/month when running Linux, or $127.94/month when running Windows Server 2016 Data Center Edition 64-bit English Edition.

Surprisingly, one of the Windows versions that was still available for new instances earlier this month was the end-of-life Windows Server 2003 R2, although customers had to explicitly acknowledge that they had understood the risks of running an operating system that is no longer supported by Microsoft, and agree to Alibaba's Agreement on Application for Continuing Using Windows Server 2003 Image Service. This agreement was only available in Chinese, again demonstrating that Alibaba Cloud has not yet fully transitioned to a global market.

Some important parts of the Alibaba Cloud web interface have not yet been translated to English.

Some important parts of the Alibaba Cloud web interface have not yet been translated to English.

Despite the risks of running unsupported operating systems, around 6% of the web-facing computers hosted by Alibaba are using Windows Server 2003. This proportion will soon decrease, as Alibaba made its Windows Server 2003 images unavailable to new ECS instances from 20 July 2017.

Cloudy Conclusions?

Alibaba Cloud has implemented many products and services that are similar to those provided by Amazon AWS, and it is now making a concerted effort to expand its cloud hosting operations outside of China by providing data centers in several other countries.

Despite an impressive feature set, Alibaba Cloud's growth outside China is not yet as impressive as it has been in China. Possible reasons for this include better promotional offers for new users at Amazon AWS, cheaper regular pricing (and simpler cloud instances) at DigitalOcean, and a website that is not completely ready for an international audience. Furthermore, developers who have already invested time and effort into launching services on AWS or DigitalOcean are unlikely to jump ship to a new and unfamiliar platform unless there are significant advantages.

Some prospective customers may simply be put off by the fact that Alibaba Group is a Chinese company. The Chinese government is notorious for censoring what its citizens can see on the internet, and so there may be fear and uncertainty over whether such control could also extend to customer content hosted by Alibaba in other countries.

Perhaps with more aggressive promotional offers, or successful case studies of non-Chinese companies using Alibaba Cloud, it may be able to accelerate its worldwide growth. The infrastructure is already in place, so it could ultimately be marketing that makes Alibaba Cloud a serious contender in the Cloud Wars. It has already overtaken DigitalOcean in terms of web-facing computers, and stands every chance of catching up with Amazon if it plays its cards right.

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