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Case Study | Alibaba Group

“F5 Application Delivery Networking solutions enabled us to build globalized data centers that are secure, reliable, and fast.”
Wang Zhilei, Operations Director, Alibaba B2B


Alibaba Builds a Secure, Reliable, and Fast Data Center Using F5 Application Delivery Networking Products
Global e-commerce leader Alibaba Group is the largest e-commerce company in China. The company plans to expand its operations significantly, and needed to support several e-commerce sites in different parts of the world. By using F5® BIG-IP® Global Traffic Manager™ (GTM) and F5 BIG-IP® Local Traffic Manager™ (LTM), Alibaba was able to consistently provide high-quality and secure services to its 24/7 worldwide customer
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The company’s growth plans were in response to an evolving and demanding e-commerce business, with

Industry e-Commerce Challenges
· Ensure globalized deployment · Facilitate 24x7 service provisioning and scalability · Achieve granular control at the application layer · Improve application acceleration and security · Reach green IT objectives

· BIG-IP Global Traffic Manager · BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager · iRules

· Faster interconnected global portals · Resolved interconnectivity problems · Enhanced security, reliability, and content delivery speed · Seamless user experience · Reduced server load and energy consumption, meeting green IT objectives


websites in different parts of the world including North America, Japan, and Hong Kong. The expansion involved adding several more offices in the United States and Britain and raising headcount by 5,000 for a total of about 17,000 people. A major part of the planning process was to make sure the expansion was completely supported by a rapidly scalable IT infrastructure that could also manage security challenges. Alibaba needed to build a globalized content delivery network (CDN) to improve service to its customers around the world and handle the increasing traffic to all of its sites. Advanced traffic management and application layer health checks were vital to ensuring availability of its web portals around the clock. In addition, the traditional

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