Gartner recognizes Alibaba Cloud as a Challenger in the field of network firewalls

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TECH and research company Gartner recently gave recognition to Alibaba Cloud, the digital technology and intelligence backbone of Alibaba Group, as a Challenger among global security service providers evaluated in the newly released 2021 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Network Firewalls.

This is the first time that Gartner recognized Alibaba Cloud as a Challenger in the field of network firewalls.

Gartner’s evaluation was based on Alibaba Cloud’s Ability to Execute and its Completeness of Vision among 19 global security service providers, which determined the tech firm’s placement in the report.

Alibaba Cloud believes the move acknowledges its firewall offering, extensive customer base and significant market shares.

Network security has been one of our key focus areas in recent years and we have established a designated Security and Compliance Center to oversee the research and development of new solutions and the delivery of end-to-end security services to our customers. We are pleased to see that these efforts are being recognized by customers globally,” said Jeff Zhang, President of Alibaba Cloud Intelligence.

“As the operating practices and working dynamics of enterprises have evolved since the outbreak of the pandemic, the demand for network security solutions has grown significantly. We hope our network firewall and other solutions will continue to help customers of all sizes grow and move their businesses forward,” Zhang added in his statement sent to

Global companies across the retail, finance, and automotive sectors have adopted Alibaba Cloud’s network security solutions, which offer bidirectional controls (both egress and ingress) for securing networks and allow unique identification for different departments while retaining overall control through a central executive network. 

Earlier this year, Alibaba Group ranked third in the global market and first in the Asia Pacific region in Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) segment basis market share for the third consecutive year (2018-2020) in Gartner Market Share: IT Services, Worldwide 2020 report.

Alibaba Cloud was also named a Visionary in this year’s Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure and Platform Services and a Leader in 2020 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Cloud Database Management Systems.

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