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||CloudBox||Alibaba Cloud Public Cloud||Apsara Stack|
|Consistent cloud capability||–|
|Fully managed O&M||–|
|Low threshold and costs||–|
|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
|On-premises Data Residency
|Centralized O&M of Multiple Branches
The following figure shows how on-premises data processing is performed.
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