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Alibaba Cloud, HTC sign partnership to target VR

The partnership will extend HTC’s VR app store to Alibaba Cloud platform

Alibaba Cloud, the cloud-computing arm of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group, has signed a strategic partnership with HTC Corporation to explore scalable and price-competitive virtual reality (VR) solutions for customers worldwide.

Under the terms of the new partnership, Alibaba Cloud and HTC will focus on developing innovative solutions to tackle bandwidth allocation, data transmission and data processing needs in areas such as VR video production and VR broadcasting. The partnership will also bring together industry developers to build a VR cloud ecosystem and extend HTC’s VR app store ‘Viveport’ to Alibaba Cloud’s cloud computing platform.

“Cloud computing has continuously broken the boundaries of what we thought possible, accelerating the rate of innovation. The partnership between Alibaba Cloud and HTC will bring two of the world’s most disruptive technologies together to bring more value to businesses looking to leverage VR and cloud. This partnership will accelerate the development of VR technology in China and encourage widespread, global adoption,” Alibaba Cloud Business Architect Director, Ge Jin, said.

“By utilizing the cloud computing expertise and enabling 500k developer community built on Alibaba Cloud, HTC Vive will be able to provide more reliable resources to VR content developers, while delivering smoother access and richer content to VR consumers on our Viveport content store in China,” said Alvin Wang Graylin, China Regional President of Vive, HTC.

Established in 2009, the e-commerce firm develops highly scalable platforms for cloud computing and data management. The company provides a suite of cloud computing services to support participants of Alibaba Group’s online and mobile commerce ecosystem, including sellers and other third-party customers and businesses.

Alibaba Cloud launches program to help foreign tech firms to enter the Chinese market

In related news, Alibaba Cloud recently unveiled a new initiative called “AliLaunch” through which the firm will help foreign tech companies to enter the Chinese market, local press reported.

Yu Sicheng, the general manager of AliCloud’s global operations general manager Yu Sicheng said that the company plans to sign up to 50 technology partners over the next 12 months through the initiative.

The executive said AliLaunch will assist foreign cloud companies overcome common obstacles, such as scalability and technological compatibility, as well as help them pursue joint ventures and strategic marketing partnerships in the Chinese market. The initiative will also help these firms to understand and comply with local security laws.

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