Alibaba breezes through China Singles’ Day online traffic with ZTE technology

AlibabaAlibaba Group handled a record-breaking surge in online shopping traffic on China Singles’ Day on November 11 , the busiest day of the year for Internet retailers in China.

China’s largest e-commerce company broke its one-day sales record by more than 80 percent. ZTE’s ZXONE 8700 optical transport network system carried 90 percent of Alibaba’s operating data traffic that day, as online shopping orders pushed Alibaba’s peak data traffic to almost 300 Gbits per second, sustained for a period of seven hours.

For the 24-hour duration of China Singles’ Day, ZTE’s OTN systems deployed by Alibaba delivered excellent network performance and fault-free reliability, with no malfunction warning reported.

The unprecedented network traffic volume on Alibaba’s platforms on China Singles’ Day presented the sternest examination of the capabilities of ZXONE 8700, which proved equal to the challenge.

In anticipation of China Singles’ Day, ZTE created a special task force to support Alibaba, developing contingency plans and emergency solutions, and conducted meticulous testing of core systems and backup equipment. Network specialists and product development engineers at ZTE collaborated to develop a comprehensive set of solutions intended for various emergency scenarios, ensuring speedy system fault diagnosis and fast replacement of malfunctioning equipment to provide rapid service recovery.

ZTE’s special Alibaba taskforce provided round-the-clock support in the run-up to China Singles’ Day at more than 10 Alibaba’s OTN Wide Area Networks (WAN) sites including Hangzhou and Qingdao. A fleet of emergency vehicles was on standby for rapid deployment at Alibaba’s Hangzhou headquarters.