VADS, MDeC ink cloud enablement agreement

* ISVs will get a chance to develop and market their applications via VADS
* Move seen to encourage cloud adoption among SMEs and ISVs 
VADS Bhd has signed a collaborative agreement with the Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) to enable 10 local Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) to leverage on the VADS Cloud Enablement Program.

Under the agreement, the 10 selected local MSC Malaysia ISVs will receive total grants up to RM34,000 (US$11,160) each which covers Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), subscription costs (including bandwidth), storage devices and other services as well as tools, platforms, best practices, business and technical workshops/ training and marketing programs to assist the selected them to enable their applications as Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) offerings.
Besides that, the ISVs will also have access to VADS’ Marketplace where they can offer their applications to SMEs, helping to create an ecosystem for ISVs in Malaysia to develop new and innovative products which can be delivered to the local as well as international markets, the two said in a statement.
VADS is the information communication technology/ business process outsourcing (ICT/ BPO) arm of Telekom Malaysia Bhd (TM). The company said it offers a technology-neutral cloud infrastructure providing comprehensive managed solutions.
“The collaboration with MDeC will not only provide the 10 lucky ISVs with access to our extensive range of services, but they can also market their applications on our Marketplace, better known as the TM BizApp Store,” said Ahmad Azhar Yahya, VADS chief executive officer.
VADS, MDeC ink cloud enablement agreement“ISVs need the most assistance during the development and testing stages of their applications as they are not yet able to monetize their applications. This is where organizations such as VADS and MDeC come in and lend our hand,” he added.
MDeC its MSC Malaysia Cloud Computing Enablement Initiative in October 2011 with the aim of accelerating the adoption of cloud computing for MSC Malaysia Status companies.

“The Cloud Enablement program with VADS is part of the overall MSC Malaysia Cloud Computing Enablement Initiative,” said Datuk Badlisham Ghazali, MDeC chief executive officer (pic).
“This will see the development of a cloud computing ecosystem in Malaysia as a strategic initiative to promote MSC Malaysia software and services, both locally and abroad, as well as equip ISVs and SMEs with cloud capabilities,” he added.

The MSC Malaysia Cloud Computing Enablement Initiative has so far enabled over 60 MSC Malaysia ISVs to deploy cloud software and services as a utility, MDeC said.
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