SingTel and VMware launch on-demand enterprise hybrid cloud solution

Enterprises to reap cost savings of up to 73%

Singapore, 28 March 2011 – Singapore Telecommunications Limited (SingTel) and VMware today announced the launch of SingTel PowerON Compute enabled by VMware vCloud® Datacenter Services.

This ground-breaking enterprise hybrid cloud computing solution enables enterprises to upgrade their IT resources without the heavy cost and complexities of purchasing and managing additional servers and systems, thereby reducing operating costs by up to 73 per cent.  Companies will be able to seamlessly expand the resources of their private cloud infrastructure into PowerON Compute’s secure public cloud without the hassles of re-installing and re-configuring their software applications.  This means customers can fully utilise current IT infrastructure investments while benefiting from on-demand, pay-as-you-use, public cloud computing resources.

Businesses can gain a vital competitive advantage by deploying required IT resources in minutes instead of weeks and activating them in real time and in a unified view via a user-friendly online portal.

In addition, SingTel’s market-leading international IP networks offer customers the flexibility to access their applications and services from multiple locations across the Asia Pacific region, while benefiting from a consistent user experience plus enterprise-grade security.

Offering a common, globally consistent enterprise hybrid cloud computing infrastructure, VMware vCloud Datacenter Services place full and rapid control in the hands of IT departments, enabling them to monitor, manage and secure their applications across environments. The end result for enterprises is the business agility and cost effectiveness offered by a flexible hybrid cloud, combined with peace-of-mind security, on-demand computing capacity, flexibility and genuine freedom of choice.

In contrast to the IT industry’s widely-held belief in a “one-cloud-fits-all” approach, the customer-centric philosophy shared by VMware and SingTel is that a cloud environment must be tailored to the unique business needs of each enterprise, while enabling organisations to leverage investment in existing IT resources. In addition, the two companies believe migration to cloud should represent incremental and not wholesale change, and offer the flexibility to use on- and off-premise resources in a secure fashion.

Mr Bill Chang, SingTel’s Executive Vice President of Business Group, said: “By working with VMware, PowerON Compute will enable enterprises in the region to turn on computing resources just like they turn on water from a tap. PowerON Compute will enable enterprises to move their operations to their hybrid cloud, without compromising security, control or performance, while allowing them to pay only for IT resources consumed.”

He added: “They will also be able to preserve investments in existing computing infrastructure without changes to their IT operations.  By improving their productivity and simplifying their processes, we seek to allow customers to increase their business agility, focus on their core business activities and reduce their costs significantly.”

Mr Paul Maritz, VMware Chief Executive Officer, said: “SingTel’s new PowerON Compute solution delivers on VMware’s promise to provide customers with hybrid cloud resources that enable IT as a service for their users. 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.”

About SingTel

SingTel is Asia's leading communications group providing a portfolio of services including voice and data solutions over fixed, wireless and Internet platforms as well as infocomm technology and pay TV. The Group has presence in Asia and Africa with more than 383 million mobile customers in 25 countries, including Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, the Philippines and Thailand. It also has a network of 36 offices in 19 countries and territories throughout Asia Pacific, Europe and the United States. 

About VMware

VMware (VMW: NYSE) delivers virtualization and cloud infrastructure solutions that enable IT organizations to energize businesses of all sizes. With the industry leading virtualization platform – VMware vSphere® – customers rely on VMware to reduce capital and operating expenses, improve agility, ensure business continuity, strengthen security and go green. With 2010 revenues of $2.9 billion, more than 250,000 customers and 25,000 partners, VMware is the leader in virtualization which consistently ranks as a top priority among CIOs. VMware is headquartered in Silicon Valley with offices throughout the world and can be found online at www.vmware.com.

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