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Supporting Malaysia’s knowledge-based economy drive

AvantiKumar | June 23, 2011
Partnership between Extreme Networks and Convergence Networks will provide end-to-end networking solutions for data centres.

Nicky Choo - Extreme Networks

PHOTO - Nicky Choo, Extreme Networks regional director for Southeast Asia.


KUALA LUMPUR, 23 JUNE 2011 - To support the Malaysian government's drive to become a knowledge-based economy, Ethernet infrastructure firm Extreme Networks has partnered with local ICT solutions provider Convergence Networks to provide end-to-end networking solutions for data centres.

Convergence Networks is now the latest value added distributor (VAD) in Malaysia for Extreme Networks, said the latter's regional director for Southeast Asia, Nicky Choo. "The partnership entails Convergence's provision of pre- and post-sales support for Extreme Networks' full-range of data and networking solutions including Extreme PartnerWorks Plus, where it will directly handle customer interactions for Level 1 and Level 2 service requests."

"The synergy of Extreme Networks' world class data networking solutions and Convergence's strength in core IT expertise and service delivery enables us to deliver the best networking solutions in the country," said Convergence Networks executive director, James Lee.

Lee said that this year, Malaysia's ICT industry was projected to grow nine percent with total IT spending estimated at US$6.5 billion (RM19.89 billion), according to research firm IDC, which also identified several key developments that would shape the country's IT landscape. "Including boost in IT spending by enterprises; significant growth in mobility devices such as tablet PCs; and advancements in cloud computing."

 "We see continued growth in demand for reliable IT systems across all sectors, especially in infrastructures powered by higher-performance networking products like Extreme Networks solutions," he said. "In particular, we are well-positioned to tap the growth potential of both existing and new markets in telecommunications and financial services. Telecommunications spending is likewise anticipated to increase to US$7.3 billion (RM22.33 billion), up 5.3 per cent from the previous year. In the finance sector, upgrading core banking systems as well as enhancing efforts to combat fraud are among the growth drivers for the IT expenditures."

"In addition, the Malaysian government has initiated several measures to improve the nation's IT infrastructure," said Lee. "As early as last year, Malaysia MSC has identified cloud computing as one of the top 10 strategic technologies that it will promote in Malaysia.

"Convergence Networks' excellent track record and in-depth understanding of the Malaysian market can propel Extreme Networks into a strategic position where we offer our data centre and cloud-based solutions to support Malaysia's drive into a knowledge-based economy," said Extreme Networks' Choo. "Offering end-to-end solutions from proof of concept, network design, and implementation, all the way through maintenance is something we are very pleased to make available in this growing market."

Extreme Networks provides converged Ethernet network infrastructures that support data, voice and video for enterprises and service providers.

 

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