ECS and IBM partner to deliver SmartCloud solutions
By Digital News Asia April 4, 2013
- ECS to offer enterprise-grade cloud solutions to its clients
- IBM to act as a cloud infrastructure provider to ECS
ECS ICT Berhad subsidiary ECS Pericomp Sdn Bhd (ECS) and IBM have signed an agreement that sees the former becoming the first business partner in Malaysia for IBM’s SmartCloud solutions.
IBM SmartCloud consists of cloud computing solutions for enterprises, and are optimized for mission-critical enterprise workloads, combining this with the scalable flexibility of a public cloud, IBM said in a statement.
“We see a growing demand for cloud computing solutions in Malaysia,” said Paul Moung (pic), IBM Malaysia managing director. “IBM's research shows that the cloud could yield between 25% and 30% or more in savings for organizations, thus shifting investment from maintaining infrastructure to pursuing new projects while reducing cost.
“(The) cloud can also free up money and resources for such enterprises to pursue expansion initiatives,” he added.
IBM claims its SmartCloud delivers computing options with virtual IT infrastructure support; a standard level of security for sharing physical IT resources among many tenants; and dedicated computing environments for an extra level of protection.
The pricing is on a 'pay per use' model, based on IBM's SmartCloud amount of usage and capacity, on a monthly basis. ECS can then bill its customers accordingly based on its business model.
“IBM will act as a cloud infrastructure provider to ECS. Last month, IBM introduced … SmartCloud Storage Access that lets organizations set up secure private storage clouds and users store information on the company’s internal cloud,” said Moung.
“The new package features a Web-based self-service portal that lets any user create an account, set up the amount of storage they need, and then start uploading files via the cloud – all with just a few clicks and without the assistance of an IT administrator,” he added.
ECS is an authorized distributor of ICT products and provides enterprise systems, as well as professional and technical services.
As an IBM business partner, ECS will provide the necessary technical support for small to mid-sized enterprises that are moving into cloud services for their computing needs.
“It was a great choice to partner with IBM and equip ourselves with a new virtual server that will provide us with business resilience and disaster recovery capabilities,” said ECS managing director Foo Sen Chin (pic).
“Besides the immense cost savings compared with doing this ourselves, we are able to offer our customers the very latest IT solutions, using innovative systems and the latest in technology,” he added.
The SmartCloud Enterprise is part of IBM's larger SmartCloud framework, which includes cloud architecture for private and hybrid clouds, as well as Software as a Service (SaaS) business solutions.