Tuesday, 12 December 2017

NEC partners with PLDT to deliver cloud services

NEC
Monday 07 January 13

NEC Corporation has today announced a partnership agreement with PLDT (Philippines Long Distance Telephone Company), the Philippine’s largest telecoms company, to enhance its portfolio of cloud services with the launch of its own cloud infrastructure. After offering a set of different cloud services since 2010, PLDT is now offering solutions from its public cloud starting with infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS), a virtualised computing solution that gives businesses the benefit of a full and highly scalable IT resource…

NEC Corporation has today announced a partnership agreement with PLDT (Philippines Long Distance Telephone Company), the Philippine’s largest telecoms company, to enhance its portfolio of cloud services with the launch of its own cloud infrastructure.

After offering a set of different cloud services since 2010, PLDT is now offering solutions from its public cloud starting with infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS), a virtualised computing solution that gives businesses the benefit of a full and highly scalable IT resource, which they can directly provision, modify and monitor.

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

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

PLDT’s IaaS platform is divided across several data centres, allowing customers to select the preferred site to deploy their IT infrastructure and to distribute them between sites to ensure business continuity. The NEC solution will 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, which will 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. Carriers can market other cloud services from the NEC suite reducing the time-to-market of new cloud services.

NEC Philippines will provide and maintain the cloud computing infrastructure for PLDT’s IaaS offering. NEC, together with its partner Abiquo, was selected after a rigorous evaluation process based on its capabilities in IT and networking solutions, as well as its expertise in managing cloud solutions and supporting other telecom operators around the world.

PLDT EVP and Head of Enterprise and International & Carrier Business Eric R. Alberto said: “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.”

Ken Sugata, Managing Director of NEC Global Carrier Cloud Division said: “Together with Abiquo we 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.”

Jim Darragh, CEO at Abiquo commented: “We’re noticing a trend among telecom companies looking to move to the cloud to stay ahead of the game and manage customer data that is scattered across various countries. PLDT is a great example; by collaborating with NEC we have delivered a solution that allows them to grow their business quickly and enable efficiency through a very simple service infrastructure.”
NEC partnered with Abiquo in September 2011 and the integrated solution has attracted commissions from several major telecoms providers.
 


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