Alibaba Cloud joins rival in partnering with Cloudflare on cheaper connectivity

Cloud connectivity

The Bandwidth Alliance already includes the likes of IBM Cloud and Microsoft Azure and Chinese companies are also now joining the party.

Web performance and security firm Cloudflare (NYSE: NET) has expanded its Bandwidth Alliance by partnering with Alibaba Cloud. The Alliance seeks to deliver more efficient and cheaper connectivity to organisations, and saw Alibaba’s Chinese rival Tencent Cloud join the effort last year.

Members discount or waive data transfer fees (also known as bandwidth fees) for shared customers. The Bandwidth Alliance now includes 20 partners.

“We launched the Bandwidth Alliance to give our customers a faster, more secure and more reliable internet, without the awful fees that have historically bogged them down,” said Arjunan Rajeswaran, head of strategic partnerships at Cloudflare.

“Alibaba Cloud has built an impressive business and together we will give our joint customers the best internet experience possible.”

By joining the Bandwidth Alliance, customers using both Alibaba Cloud Object Storage and Cloudflare products will have their data egress fees waived outside mainland China, if OSS (operational support systems) products are purchased from

Alibaba Cloud is building out its cloud regions internationally, including in the UK and other European countries.

Alex Chen, Alibaba Cloud senior director of product management, said: “In addition to waiving the egress fee, Alibaba Cloud will also waive up to 100m API requests, and 10TB image processing fees for all customers in regions outside of China after joining the Bandwidth Alliance.

“Alibaba Cloud’s initiative of the elimination of ‘request fees’ is an industry game changer. The combined solution will pass on massive savings to our customers and at the same time eliminate complexity in managing storage cost.”

Cloudflare has colocation facilities in 200 cities across more than 90 countries, including China.

The Bandwidth Alliance’s partners also include IBM Cloud and Microsoft Azure. Tencent Cloud offers cloud solutions that are used extensively across the gaming and media industries in key regions such as Silicon Valley, Frankfurt, Singapore and Bangkok, in addition to its extensive presence in China.