October 20, 2021 By Dave Tropeano 2 min read

IBM Cloud Satellite is now supported on Alibaba Cloud.

Data sovereignty is a major challenge for enterprises — especially for organizations with a global footprint — because they must address the particular regulations of multiple countries. According to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, 76% of countries either have existing legislation or draft legislation to address data protection and privacy.

So, how does a company find time, budget and skill to grow the business, innovate and delight their customers while up against a headwind like data residency laws worldwide? Gartner predicts that the growing compliance and regulatory fragmentation will drive the creation of new cloud ecosystems and data services.

Distributed cloud is a strong option to address data residency, gravity and sovereignty challenges because it allows for the distribution of cloud services to the location of the data. In other words, distributed cloud allows your data to stay where it is and brings services, software and applications to the data where it resides.

Partnering with Alibaba Cloud

IBM Cloud Satellite is IBM’s hybrid cloud solution, allowing clients the flexibility to run workloads anywhere they need them. Operated as-as-service, it provides consistent deployment and visibility from a single pane of glass to the location of the client’s choice on their preferred infrastructure — in an on-premises data center, at the edge or any cloud provider — with a reliable set of security, compliance and risk management controls.

In an exciting step to address data residency needs of clients in Asia Pacific and around the globe, IBM Cloud Satellite is now supported on Alibaba Cloud. This will unlock use cases in the region, such as the ability to modernize applications consistently across a hybrid multicloud environment or the ability to get faster insights by co-locating data and artificial intelligence (AI) services with the data.

Get started

One thing is for sure — the regulatory landscape will only continue to grow more complex, and IBM is poised to help our clients navigate such challenges. With the award-winning IBM Cloud Satellite, we can now help address data residency requirements across Asia Pacific, meeting clients where they are on their Alibaba Cloud and other infrastructure of their choice.

See the documentation to learn how to set up an IBM Cloud Satellite location on Alibaba Cloud.

Learn more

Was this article helpful?

More from Cloud

The history of the central processing unit (CPU)

10 min read - The central processing unit (CPU) is the computer’s brain. It handles the assignment and processing of tasks, in addition to functions that make a computer run. There’s no way to overstate the importance of the CPU to computing. Virtually all computer systems contain, at the least, some type of basic CPU. Regardless of whether they’re used in personal computers (PCs), laptops, tablets, smartphones or even in supercomputers whose output is so strong it must be measured in floating-point operations per…

A clear path to value: Overcome challenges on your FinOps journey 

3 min read - In recent years, cloud adoption services have accelerated, with companies increasingly moving from traditional on-premises hosting to public cloud solutions. However, the rise of hybrid and multi-cloud patterns has led to challenges in optimizing value and controlling cloud expenditure, resulting in a shift from capital to operational expenses.   According to a Gartner report, cloud operational expenses are expected to surpass traditional IT spending, reflecting the ongoing transformation in expenditure patterns by 2025. FinOps is an evolving cloud financial management discipline…

IBM Power8 end of service: What are my options?

3 min read - IBM Power8® generation of IBM Power Systems was introduced ten years ago and it is now time to retire that generation. The end-of-service (EoS) support for the entire IBM Power8 server line is scheduled for this year, commencing in March 2024 and concluding in October 2024. EoS dates vary by model: 31 March 2024: maintenance expires for Power Systems S812LC, S822, S822L, 822LC, 824 and 824L. 31 May 2024: maintenance expires for Power Systems S812L, S814 and 822LC. 31 October…

IBM Newsletters

Get our newsletters and topic updates that deliver the latest thought leadership and insights on emerging trends.
Subscribe now More newsletters