Alibaba Cloud earns Trusted Partner Network certification

Thursday, 23 January, 2020

Alibaba Cloud earns Trusted Partner Network certification

Alibaba Cloud is set to lend its “highly secure, dependable, flexible and scalable” services to the entertainment industry after receiving a Trusted Partner Network (TPN) certification in a first for public cloud vendors.

It comes following “stringent auditing and evaluation processes” by the TPN — a joint venture between the Motion Picture Association of America and the Content Delivery and Security Association that aims to help companies ensure content security and prevent movie or TV show leaks, breaches or hacks before they’re released by creating a global directory of ‘trusted vendors’.

“The certification is significant because it satisfies content producers that Alibaba Cloud’s use of industry best practices ensures its solutions, facilities, people and workflow are secure, as certified by experienced industry evaluators,” the company said.

Relevant solutions tested include Alibaba Cloud’s: Object Storage Service — an “encrypted and secure” service that “stores, processes and assesses massive amounts of data from anywhere in the world” and Express Connect network service that provides “high-bandwidth, reliable, secure and private connections between different environments”. The company’s Cloud Storage Gateway and Key Management Service, which “facilitates the creation, deletion and management of encryption keys”, were also assessed. All audited solutions passed TPN’s tests, Alibaba Cloud said.

“By completing the on-premises TPN audit process successfully, Alibaba Cloud demonstrates its mature abilities in securing media content with its facility and infrastructure capabilities,” Independent Security Evaluators’ Senior Security Consultant, Drew Branch, said.

“As the future of media productions is shifting to public cloud platforms, it is essential for vendors like Alibaba Cloud to pioneer innovations that will propel the advancement of the entertainment industry in a digital era.”

Animal Logic and Territory Studio have already embraced Alibaba Cloud products, allowing them to accelerate decision-making and improve collaboration between remotely located artists and developer teams, the vendor said.

“With such high-value and sensitive assets to protect, production houses are naturally drawn to the solutions that offer the highest levels of security,” Alibaba Cloud Intelligence Head of Security Compliance and Privacy Yuanbin Zheng said.

“Not only does the TPN certification recognise the effort that Alibaba Cloud has made to deliver industry-leading levels of security, it also acknowledges the dependability, flexibility and scalability of our cloud-based platform.”

The TPN’s founding associations contain entertainment giants Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, Netflix Studios, Warner Bros. Entertainment, Amazon Studios, BBC Studios, HBO, Lionsgate, Marvel Entertainment and Twentieth Century Fox — among others.

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