PLDT, Japan's NEC tie up for cloud services

By Lawrence Agcaoili, The Philippine Star

Posted at Jan 09 2013 09:35 AM | Updated as of Jan 09 2013 05:35 PM

MANILA, Philippines - NEC Corp. of Japan has tied up with dominant carrier Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT) to enhance its portfolio of cloud services with the launch of its own cloud infrastructure.

Under the partnership, NEC Philippines would provide and maintain the cloud computing infrastructure for PLDT’s infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS).

NEC, together with its partner Abiquo, was selected after a rigorous evaluation process based on its capabilities in information technology and networking solutions, as well as its expertise in managing cloud solutions and supporting other telecom operators around the world.

PLDT executive vice president and head of enterprise and international and carrier business Eric Alberto said the company is now offering solutions from its public cloud starting with IaaS after offering a set of different cloud services since 2010.

The service is a virtualized computing solution that gives businesses the benefit of a full and highly scalable IT resource, which they can directly provision, modify and monitor.

“PLDT Cloud is housed in our extensive network of PLDT Vitro Data Centers around the country which has enterprise grade reliability and scalability. Enterprise businesses using PLDT Cloud can scale to any desired level that the businesses would require. Once a customer is enrolled to PLDT Cloud, virtual machine creation can be done in a matter of minutes,” Alberto added.

Business ( Article MRec ), pagematch: 1, sectionmatch: 1

For his part, NEC global carrier cloud division managing director Ken Sugata said the company and Abiquo have provided PLDT with a winning proposition.

“Our cloud solution makes it easy for service providers such as PLDT to deliver self-service cloud services to their enterprise customers. This in turn enables PLDT to differentiate itself in the telecoms market by offering a wider variety of services to the end user,” Sugata explained.

The solution proposed by NEC would enable PLDT’s customers to reduce their expenses on information technology infrastructure through the utilization of flexible virtual computing resources, such as virtual data centers and virtual machines, and easily access and manage them from any web browser.

PLDT’s customers would likewise be able to reduce the response time for provisioning new infrastructure thanks to the self-service portal included in NEC’s proposition.

This portal would allow enterprises to deploy virtual machines based on templates provided by NEC simplifying the process of provisioning and allowing a rapid IT infrastructure deployment process.

The NEC solution would simplify the management of distributed platforms providing a single global view of all the resources available and allocated, and applying consistent business policies throughout.

NEC’s solution has multi-hypervisor capability that would later provide PLDT with the possibility of adding new hypervisors to the platform and provide different tiers of service to their customers, covering the needs of different companies in the market.

PLDT’s IaaS service is provisioned from the NEC Cloud Brokerage Suite where users could market other cloud services from the NEC suite reducing the time-to-market of new cloud services.

Meanwhile, Abiquo chief executive officer Jim Darragh said the company has noticed a trend among telecom providers moving to the cloud to stay ahead of the game and manage customer data.