Alibaba Cloud Architecture DevOps Tips

Alibaba Cloud has very comprehensive instrumental compositions that give a platform/suite for the computing of the global cloud’s services. This gives a great power to the online business of the main international customers. It also empowers and makes strong the e-commerce ecosystem of the Alibaba’s own group. The operations that are internationally dealt are registered in Singapore and its headquarters are also situated there. The Alibaba cloud has different stations down at the different locations including, Dubai, Hong Kong, New York, Seoul, Frankfurt, London, Paris, Singapore, Tokyo, San Mateo, and Sydney.

The cloud that is used by the Alibaba stands out of the box because it is more efficient than the others, giving credits to its high-performance, elastic computing power. Pay-as-you-go is the basis of the services that are provided and also does include the storage for data, databases on basis of relations and networks for content delivery. Alibaba cloud is the leading provider of the cloud in China and also introduces solutions to the problems that lead the international market. Hence, Alibaba is at the top in the visionaries.


For many years, the IT organizations have been conducting the developmental and operational entities as separate. This is despite the fact that both of these teams have the same goals for the organization and have parallel functions to perform. By the time, many of the organizations have noticed that there is a need for a new software that is built by unifying both teams. This software has a delivery model of its own which has been evolved into the DevOps methodology.

Architecture for basic issue of traffic managing

A very common issue that often requires attention is the Large Concurrent Traffic. This is a scenario that will include much levels of traffic like up to 2000. To solve this level of problem, the capacity of the database has to be higher than 1T so that it can be able to perform BI (business intelligence). This type of scenario can be operated by the following type of architecture:

Figure: The general architecture of Alibaba cloud

This architecture has the following steps:

First layer for Load Balancing:

It has the server that balances the load of the traffic and diverts it in such a way that one direction is dismissed.

Second layer for Web Service:

The web cluster server runs by the instances of ECS which are flexible in numbers. They can be expanded on the basis of requirements and minimum number is two instances.

Third layer for Application services:

The cluster of the application server also runs on the ECS as the web server does. It uses the Server Load Balancer which is used to load the balance and also expands it flexibly which allows a minimum of two instances.

Final layer of Data Storage:

The relation based databases services are equipped with the always available and much flexible extension which uses the RDS/DRDS on yet another database called MySQL. The OSS is used for the storage of massive distributed unstructured data. Whereas the OTS is used for the support of highly performing queries of the structured data which is massive in itself and distributed allegedly. In the end, the ODPS is used for the support of warehousing and storage and analysis of large data.

This is the common architecture which is also used for the many other business scenarios.

Figure: Mass Data Distribution

Cloud Architecture:

The container service of the architecture plays a very important role in the cloud architecture and it is shown in the figure preceding. The description of the figure is given below in detail.

The management of the cluster service:
This is used for supporting the scheduling and management of Docker cluster. It is the first step in the above picture.

Discovery of the services:
It is the step that is used for the metadata storage. It supports the Docker status as well.

Service for the Agent communication:
The agent communication service is used for the service of communication between the host and cluster management. It supports every relation between the host and the cluster.

API Cluster:
The APIs for the United Open cloud of Alibaba id also provided in this architecture.

API service:
The Docker Swarm are compatible with the APIs services. They are provided in the architecture of the Alibaba cloud.

DevOps continuous delivery

Optimal process of the continuous delivery

There are different scenarios for the delivery. The DevOps delivery is one of them. The optimal delivery process in the Container service has the automated function of completing the process of DevOps which includes the submission of the codes to deployment of the application. It is done after making sure that the codes that have passed the automated tests are able to be delivered and deployed. It is a replacement for the complicated conventional methods of the deployment which makes the industry slow iteration.

Implementation of the Container services:

  • The Container services can be used to implement the automation of the DevOps.

  • It is also used for the automation of the full process that starts from the code changes and goes all the way to the building code, image building, and the deployment of the application.

  • It also implements the consistency of the environment.

  • The container technology also includes the deliverance of the codes as well as the immutable architecture with the running based environment.

  • The continuous feedback is obtained

  • The feedback of the results of every integration in the real time.

The use of Elastic Compute Service along with the Container Service are highly recommended.

Types of solution for the DevOps architecture: