You Thought Amazon's Cloud Was Big? Alibaba's Is Huge

The Chinese company is planning global expansion via its Aliyun cloud service

The Alibaba exhibition space at the CeBit tech show in Hannover, Germany, on March 16.

Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

After keeping the world waiting for nine years, Amazon finally broke out earnings for its Amazon Web Services on Thursday. The $1.57 billion in sales for the quarter suggest that the company is far ahead of rivals in the cloud computing business. But as AWS expands globally, it faces strong competition from a familiar foe: Alibaba.

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