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SingTel unveils hybrid cloud for enterprises

Jack Loo | March 29, 2011
SingTel says computing resources can be turned on like water from a tap.

SINGAPORE, 29 MARCH 2011 - Singapore telecom company SingTel and virtualisation software provider VMware have unveiled a hybrid cloud computing offering called PowerON Compute.

PowerOn Compute allows companies to expand the resources of their private cloud infrastructure into SingTel's secure public cloud. VMware's vCloud Datacenter Services offers a common management platform that allows the seamless transfer of workloads between the two clouds.

"Hybrid clouds provide customers with freedom of choice that will eventually give rise to applications that can be 'dragged and dropped' between clouds and delivered securely to any device, anywhere, at any time," said Paul Maritz, CEO, VMware.

PowerOn Compute promises to allow companies to turn on computing resources "just like they turn on water from a tap", said Bill Chang, executive vice president of Business Group, SingTel.

The two companies said that cloud computing enables organisations to upgrade IT resources without having to deal with heavy costs and complexities of purchasing and managing additional servers and systems, therefore reducing operating costs by about 70 per cent.

Service reliability is currently being offered up to 99.99 per cent, according to Chang, and will be pushed higher to 99.999 per cent in the future.

Chang also clarified that PowerOn Compute is targeted at enterprise-sized customers while the cloud services offered by SingTel subsidiary Alatum are aimed at small and medium businesses (SMBs).

The partnership was first announced in September last year when SingTel became the first telco to sign up with VMware's vCloud Datacenter Service programme.

PowerON Compute will be available on trial service beginning April.


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