CloudBox – Fully managed, locally deployed Alibaba Cloud infrastructure and services with consistent user experience and management APIs with Alibaba Cloud public cloud.


Alibaba Cloud deploys hyperconverged infrastructure, including computing, storage, and network resources, to your data center so as to meet your requirements for data compliance, on-premises data processing, and low latency.

CloudBox utilizes standard 42U racks and has been pre-installed. A delivered CloudBox device only needs to be connected to the power supply, linked to the network, and debugged with simple operations. 

Then, you can use the computing and storage resources in the CloudBox device in the Alibaba Cloud public cloud console. In addition, you can also use the PaaS services provided by Alibaba Cloud, such as databases and container services, on your on-premises CloudBox and use Alibaba Cloud services to operate and manage the resources in CloudBox.


Alibaba Cloud public cloud can provide users with a large number of cloud services and deliver out-of-the-box and fully managed service experience. However, the service cannot meet several on-premises deployment requirements. Self-managed IT infrastructure and traditional private cloud can resolve the issues of data security and low latency, but they also cause other problems, such as high construction costs and complex O&M.

To resolve these issues, Alibaba Cloud launched CloudBox to extend the infrastructure of Alibaba Cloud public cloud to on-premises deployment. This helps ensure data security and low latency and provides low-cost and O&M-free cloud services. The following section provides a comparison among CloudBox, Alibaba Cloud public cloud, and self-managed IT infrastructure.

Item CloudBoxAlibaba Cloud Public CloudApsara Stack
Consistent cloud capability
Elastic scale-out
Fully managed O&M
Low threshold and costs
Low latency
Data locality
Data processed in the on-premises data center
Strong physical isolation


Secure and Auditable Services

Lower Unit Computing Costs

Consistent Cloud Service Experience
CloudBox allows you to use cloud services with exclusive resources. You can view all the operation logs of CloudBox. CloudBox supports third-party auditing of its network connections. CloudBox provides comprehensive protection in terms of infrastructure, data, communication, and compliance.CloudBox uses the SHENLONG architecture of Alibaba Cloud public cloud based on the computing, storage, and network hyper-convergence technologies and reuses the central management and control capabilities of Alibaba Cloud public cloud. CloudBox can be sold in a single rack to reduce costs.You can have a consistent experience of cloud services on your on-premises devices with that in the Alibaba Cloud public cloud. You can seamlessly migrate your business code that runs on on-premises devices to Alibaba Cloud public cloud and vice versa. CloudBox provides consistent openAPI and O&M tools.
On-premises Data Processing

  • When a considerable amount of on-premises data is uploaded to the Alibaba Cloud public cloud for computing, limits such as transmission fees, bandwidth, or time may apply. You can process large amounts of data on your on-premises CloudBox devices in a timely manner. The processing results can be uploaded to Alibaba Cloud public cloud for archiving over a virtual private network (VPN) . This helps reduce costs and time for data transmission.
  • Suitable for business scenarios, such as AI model training, rendering, and analysis of audio and video data.
Ultra-low Latency

  • In applications developed for scenarios such as industrial parks, industrial manufacturing, and warehouse management, a large number of calculations are performed on locally collected data and then the results are used to control equipment operation. If the Alibaba Cloud public cloud servers are remote to your location, they cannot interact with your on-premises devices and applications in near real time.
  • CloudBox hardwares can be deployed in your specified locations to provide you with real-time computing and communicate with your local systems.
On-premises Data Residency

  • CloudBox is suitable for scenarios in which data must be deployed in industrial parks, data centers, or regions to meet regulatory, compliance, and security requirements. You can deploy CloudBox devices in your specified locations. CloudBox helps you ensure data security and digital privacy, and allows you to access numerous cloud services in the Alibaba Cloud public cloud.
  • CloudBox is applicable to various industries and industry associations such as transportation, aviation, and healthcare.
Centralized O&M of Multiple Branches

  • You may encounter the following scenarios: Organizations with multiple branches are distributed in different regions and need central management. You have arranged hardware facilities in an area that is inconvenient for O&M and require remote management. You can use CloudBox to operate and manage your hardware facilities and software services in the public cloud console.
  • Suitable for business scenarios, such as smart communities and factory automation.


The following figure shows how on-premises data processing is performed.


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