Study: 69% Singapore enterprises embrace hybrid cloud

69 per cent of Singapore enterprises plan to do away with traditional data centers for hybrid cloud in the next 5 years, 20 percentage points higher than that of the global average, a study by Nutanix revealed.

Nutanix, Inc. a private cloud, hybrid, and multi-cloud computing specialist, released its third Enterprise Cloud Index (ECI), an annual research on the state of global enterprise cloud deployments and adoption plans.

This year’s ECI especially sought to understand the progress with adopting private, hybrid, and public clouds and explored the impact of COVID-19 on current and future IT decisions and strategy.

It also revealed that more than half (67 per cent) of Singapore respondents have increased investments in the hybrid cloud as a direct result of the pandemic.

Ho Chye Soon, Singapore country manager, Nutanix, commented: “The global health crisis has accelerated adoption of cloud technology as enterprises prioritized business continuity and support remote workers. As enterprises here cautiously steer towards economic recovery, they will also be navigating into a new business reality that requires great operational agility. The agility to quickly test and launch new applications as they adapt to fast market changes for instance. To achieve this, enterprises will be looking to having in place a cohesively managed hybrid cloud environment with unified visibility, management, security, and application mobility.”

Diving into the drivers behind cloud initiatives in Singapore, enterprises reported IT to resource control (60 per cent) as a reason for the change, followed by increased flexibility (52 per cent) and better customer support (49 per cent). More Singapore enterprises cited cost savings as a reason for moving to the cloud (40 per cent) than both APJ (26 per cent) and global averages (27 per cent).

The report also showed that four-fifths of Singapore respondents have viewed IT more strategically as a result of the pandemic, slightly ahead of the global average of 76 per cent. Improving remote working capabilities (52 per cent), IT infrastructure (45 per cent), and automation (45 per cent) have emerged as the three top priorities in Singaporean IT departments.

“The pandemic has forced businesses to recognize the significance of digital transformation, especially driven by cloud trends, and this will remain a top priority in 2021. Having the right level of digital ability will continue to be vital for business resilience. CIOs and their IT teams will become more prominent in business decisions and leadership. Every business is now a technology business, even if they don’t realize it yet,” Ho added.

Despite Singapore’s readiness for a new reality, the research identified some key challenges in maintaining a hybrid environment.

Security concerns (57 per cent) and managing costs across environments (45 per cent) were cited as top challenges for Singapore enterprises, higher than both APJ and global averages.

Furthermore, a slightly higher percentage of respondents in Singapore said that their IT department lacked skills for managing hybrid cloud environments (42 per cent) than the global average (37 per cent).

IBM and Tech Mahindra join hands to create hybrid cloud system

IBM and Tech Mahindra on Tuesday said they are deepening their collaboration, especially in areas like 5G, hybrid cloud, automation and cybersecurity, as the two tech giants work towards building a billion-dollar ecosystem over the next three years.

Some key initiatives underway include the launch of Tech Mahindra’s Blue Marble on IBM Cloud for Telecommunications to drive 5G momentum, collaboration to grow cybersecurity business with IBM Cloud Pak for Security, and strengthening and expanding portfolio through cloud-based offerings.

The partnership will also see co-creation and co-innovation through innovation labs and Centres of Excellence as the two companies strengthen their partnership to pursue the USD 1 trillion Hybrid Cloud market opportunity.

“We see the opportunity in three things. In the near term, we see the opportunity around hybrid cloud and AI. And then in the medium to longer term, we see an opportunity in quantum,” IBM Chairman and CEO Arvind Krishna told reporters during a virtual briefing.

He said hybrid cloud is the destination for most enterprises and governments as these organisations continue to use a mix of multiple public clouds and on-premise infrastructure for various reasons like economics and regulations.

“That (hybrid cloud) opportunity is over a trillion dollars for the industry…artificial intelligence (AI) will unlock between USD 14-16 trillion of global productivity,” he said adding that the partnership with Tech Mahindra brings in a “potential revenue of a billion dollars for each of us”.

About 40 per cent of the revenue will be driven by Telco and 5G, powered by Hybrid Cloud; while 60 per cent will be driven by other industries. The five strategic focus areas include 5G, automation, hybrid cloud, cybersecurity, data and AI.

“We will be adding a lot of value to each other as we build almost a billion-dollar ecosystem for each other. We are building this on the success of the customers by solving some of their critical challenges,” Tech Mahindra CEO and Managing Director C P Gurnani said. He added that the pandemic has accelerated the adoption of technology.

Krishna noted that in 2021, IBM is doubling down to elevate its ecosystem through its new go-to-market model making it easier for partners to work with IBM and make the transition to a multi, hybrid cloud platform seamless for clients. Through this approach, IBM is looking at driving a multi-billion dollar portfolio with its ecosystem partners over the next three years.

India has a significant advantage and IBM India will continue to be at the forefront, driving innovation that is made in India, for India and the world, he added.

“We have an incredible focus on India. First, India as a source of great talent and the proof of that is our employee base in India, and how much service, and intellectual property they provide. And with a lot of collaboration, with a lot of the regulations in India that promote the export of both software and services from India,” he said.

Krishna said IBM is focussed on the India market itself and services top private sector banks and public banks, telecom services providers, industries, and it is on a “path to expand”.

“I think the Indian market is really vibrant… I really believe that remote delivery is going to offer Indian companies a great ability to expand their market share globally. But that implies that they all have to think about what is their digitalisation infrastructure and that is an opportunity for all of us to go in and help them expand,” he added.

The global partnership between Tech Mahindra and IBM spans over two decades. The companies have developed unique solutions and accelerators by leveraging IBM Blockchain, Data and AI and Security capabilities.

This is the latest collaboration between these two firms in hybrid cloud adoption, which started in 2015 when two signed a strategic teaming agreement.

In April of last year, In April 2020, Tech Mahindra had joined IBM hybrid cloud ecosystem with the aim to help customers transform operations by enabling them to migrate core business applications to the IBM Cloud.

In July, Tech Mahindra launched a new digital platform that leverages IBM blockchain for the global media and entertainment industry to enable production houses and content creators to track revenue, royalty payments, manage rights and address content piracy.

Currently, 60.9% of organisations globally are already using or are in the process of piloting a bridge cloud solution, and a further 2.7% plan to implement a hybrid solution within the next 12-24 months, according to a recent report by NTT.

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E2E Networks Joins Hands With K-Tech Center of Excellence for Data Science & AI

National Stock Exchange-listed cloud provider E2E Networks has partnered with KTech CoE Data Science & AI Government of Karnataka (GoK) – powered by NASSCOM, to foster disruptive innovation by creating an entrepreneurial ecosystem and create quality human capital to meet the AI talent requirements.

NASSCOM is a not-for-profit industry association in India, is the apex body for the $180 billion dollar Indian IT BPM industry.

 

The partnership comes at a time when the world is fighting a pandemic, and cloud-based technology is taking massive leaps to help the economy. KTech CoE DS & AI has a great role to play as an evangelist and driver of AI enabled growth; Its vision is “to harness the potential of AI for augmenting the state’s and so the country’s innovation ecosystem and create multiplier impact on economy, industry and society “

The partnership will be beneficial for both the parties. E2E Networks will get access to KTech CoE DS&AI accelerated companies, and this will help them accelerate AI Innovation in India. It will also reap the direct benefits of the joint activities conducted by KTech CoE DS&AI.

For KTech CoE DS&AI accelerated MSMEs and Innovators, there will be an exclusive discount, which will also gain access to latest NVIDIA GPUs via cloud servers from E2E at highly affordable prices to run their artificial intelligence loads, which includes high-performance computing, machine learning, deep learning and data science workloads.

The tie-up shall provide a leg up to enable deep research benefiting various industries as well as the Government so that everyone can benefit. KTech CoE DS&AI, since its inception, has been driving the acceleration the adoption of AI solutions by user enterprises and public sector by creating toolkits, processes, and frameworks. It enables convergence of technological advancements and industry developments with deploy worthy Data Science and AI Innovations. Also develop skills to ensure talent pipeline to meet the growing requirements for AI professionals.

E2E Networks offers the latest GPUs – NVIDIA A100 Tensor Core GPU, NVIDIA T4 Tensor Core GPU, and NVIDIA Quadro RTX 8000. When combined with NVIDIA virtual GPU (vGPU) solutions for Quadro workstations, creative and technical professionals are able to work from anywhere, including their home offices, and run compute and graphics-intensive applications for CAD, digital content creation, simulation, and rendering.

“The biggest impediment faced by AI MSMEs and Innovators today is access to AI processing capability and flexible scaling of capacity. This is very capital intensive and hard to come by for AI Startups working on tight budgets. Through this tie-up, we are simply enabling what our MSMEs and Innovators asked for. Not only will it help our network of Data Science & AI companies to focus on Innovation rather than CapEx, but also help them accelerate their speed of AI innovation. The pandemic has ushered in an era where working remotely is the new normal. We think this is how the MSME and corporate world will function over the next few decades, and the transformation needs an OpEx model for AI processing needs,” said Krishna Prabu, Technical Director, Ktech CoE DS&AI.

“Our collaboration with KTech CoE DS&AI allows us to play a significant role in helping KTech CoE DS&AI incubated startups and members run their AI/ML training/inference, data science, Natural Language Processing (NLP), computer vision, and professional graphics workstation workloads,” said Tarun Dua CEO of E2E Networks.

New Microsoft partnership and cloud solutions: 4 biggest announcements from Nutanix global conference

Nutanix, a leader in enterprise cloud computing, has revealed a number of major announcements at its .NEXT Conference, including new strides in its partnerships and multicloud and hybrid cloud service offerings.

1. Nutanix partners with Microsoft Azure

Nutanix released the news they will be working with Microsoft Azure on a partnership that will allow a seamless delivery of hybrid and multicloud solutions, bringing about increased agility and unified management across on-premises and Azure environments using Nutanix Clusters.

“We know customers are looking for solutions to truly, and simply, advance their cloud journey. This partnership helps us deliver a single software stack across public and private clouds,” said Tarkan Maner, the Chief Commercial Officer at Nutanix.

As part of this collaboration, users on Nutanix Cluster will be provided with a security upgrade along with the option to deploy and manage Microsoft’s cloud computing platform from Nutanix Cluster’s management interface. 

“Many companies face complexities when managing hybrid cloud environments across private and public clouds,” said Scott Guthrie, the Executive Vice President for Cloud and AI at Microsoft Corporation.

With the aim of streamlining these processes, customers will be empowered with the ability to manage servers, containers, and data services on Nutanix’s hyperconverged infrastructure software (HCI), on-premise or in Azure through the Azure Arc control plane using Kubernetes.

“I envision this hybrid cloud solution will accelerate our teams’ ability to try new innovative ideas and bring them to our customers, by increasing agility, scalability and reliability while reducing risk,” said Ken Shaffer, AVP Technology at CarMax.

An improved sales and support experience is also part of the deal. Nutanix customers will be able to port their existing term licenses to Nutanix Clusters on Azure or get on-demand consumption of Nutanix software through the Microsoft Azure Marketplace; while Microsoft Azure customers will be able to use their existing Azure credits to purchase Nutanix software.

The flexibility of solutions makes unified hybrid cloud an appealing option for organisations where technology is critical for their daily operations.

“At United Network for Organ Sharing, technology is vital in support of our mission. Technology makes it possible to match life-saving donor organs to transplant candidates,” said Tiwan Nicholson, the Director of IT Service Operations at the United Network for Organ Sharing.

A unified hybrid cloud solution was ideal for the United Network for Organ Sharing by bridging private and public clouds to create a reliable, scalable and flexible IT infrastructure.

2. Nutanix launches a new Kubernetes multicloud PaaS

And on the topic of Kubernetes, Nutanix announced a new multicloud Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) based on open-source system.

The service, known as Karbon Platform Services, is designed to accelerate the deployment and development of microservices-based applications like Grab, Netflix and Amazon across any cloud platform.

“IT resources are the engines that power digital enterprises. But as a company scales, adopts hybrid cloud, and manages an increasing number of applications, supporting engineering needs can be challenging for IT,” said Rajiv Mirani, the CTO at Nutanix.

The offering provides a turnkey managed services experience along with automated security and multi-tenancy​ for software developers looking to build cloud native apps whilst decoupling them from underlying infrastructures.

“We were looking for a single PaaS platform that could host our Reflex and Vision Insights on both the edge and in our private cloud, to take advantage of both a distributed architecture as well as support software development and machine training on the public cloud,” said Damien Pasquinelli, the CTO at Hardis Group.

With IT resources being the engine that powers digital enterprises, the infrastructures need to keep up with businesses scaling up and adopting new technologies without compromising their ability to manage data, applications, and IT resources simply and effectively. 

In a statement by Nutanix, the company identified Kubernetes as a rapidly evolving ecosystem of cloud native technologies that brings with it difficulties to implement without extensive technical resources.

“The complexities of Kubernetes and multicloud infrastructure management can not only overwhelm IT operations teams, but also limit the resources and tooling available to modern application software developers,”  said Bob Laliberte, the Practice Director and Senior Analyst at ESG Research.

A recent survey by ESG revealed that 70% of customers prefer a combination of public cloud and private data centers for containerised applications, making flexible multicloud solutions ideal.

Nutanix’s Karbon Platform Services represents a significant milestone for the company, as it looks to expand offerings aimed at accelerating enterprises’ cloud native journeys and simplifying application lifecycles.

3. New major HCI software capabilities

During their NEXT Conference, Nutanix also announced enhanced capabilities in its existing HCI software by extending its stack to the public cloud.

“HCI has become the standard for powering modern private clouds … Today’s announcement highlights Nutanix’s commitment to innovation to meet emerging customer requirements and further disrupt the industry status quo,” said Nutanix in a statement.

By utilising the latest storage technology, including NVMe based SSDs and Intel Optane SSDs, customers are purported to be able to reduce latency and power up workload performance by 50%.

“The advanced performance capabilities … will deliver our joint customers with the HCI solutions they need to support their most intensive applications, allowing them to more readily innovate and develop new business models,” said Chris Tobias, the General Manager for Optane Solutions Division at Intel.

On top of this, the new HCI improvements will support the increasingly common Zero-Trust security strategies through Nutanix’s Flow Security Central.

Rather than automatically trusting users, these strategies require granular network policy controls and the ability to monitor and update those controls in real-time to verify all that attempt to connect to a system.

However, many organisations struggle with application visibility and unified security management, according to Nutanix. To solve this, Security Central aims to provide a security hub for greater network visibility that can help IT teams assess the overall security of their deployments.

On top of that, Nutanix has made significant investments in research and development of their core software, with Flow Networking to simplify the creation of software-defined networks that connect apps running in private data centers and in the public cloud as well as Prism Ultimate, a solution used to troubleshoot application-related infrastructure bottlenecks and resource consumption visibility.

4. A New Global Partner Multicloud Program

To bring together all of Nutanix’s partner ecosystems for the very first time and further enable innovation using the above solutions, Nutanix launched its new global partner program known as Elevate.

Through a significant double-digit increase in investment by Nutanix, their partners, from service providers, telcos, hypersales and vendors, will come under one integrated architecture using a consistent set of tools, resources and marketing platforms.

“Our vision has always been about simplicity, from the technology we innovate to the way we do business, and Elevate will deliver that vision to the entire partner ecosystem – enabling them to leverage market shifts toward subscription-based, multi-product, multicloud delivery of IT for their customers,” said Christian Alvarez, Nutanix’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Channels.

Nutanix partners include Berca in Indonesia, CTC Global in Malaysia, Questronix Corp in the Philippines, StarHub in Singapore, Fujitsu in Thailand, and Terralogic in Vietnam.

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Is India ready for a hybrid cloud future?

Multinational tech company IBM published its September report on hybrid cloud market in India, revealing that the country’s businesses are ready to embrace hybrid cloud driven growth. 

IBM projects that spending on cloud systems in India will increase by 49% in 2023. But currently only 20% of organisations have moved their workloads to the cloud, despite 90% of global companies adopting a form of the technology.

What is hybrid cloud?

Hybrid cloud is essentially a combination of public cloud and private cloud systems, allowing data to be shared between them. Using a hybrid cloud system accelerates key business operations by harnessing data for improved decision making, enhanced process automation and higher cost efficiency.

IBM estimates that the value derived from using a full hybrid and multicloud platform delivers 2.5 times more than a single platform and vendor approach, but only 29% of businesses in India take advantage of a multicloud strategy.

While businesses in India still fall behind in hybrid cloud adoption compared to international standards, the tech giant’s report predicts the size of the Indian market will come to prove in time the importance of turning to cloud management platforms for increased governance and efficiency.

One of the biggest challenges of digitally transforming operations is achieving buy-in from stakeholders and ensuring employees have ample skills to transition to the new technology. But IBM found that 51% of respondents in India understand the business and IT benefits of switching to a multicloud strategy, which might explain why a predicted average of six hybrid cloud platforms will be used by businesses in India by 2023.

Who’s adopting hybrid cloud?

Top companies in India, including Bharti Airtel, Vodafone Idea, Godrej Group and even Century Cement are leading the transformation to hybrid cloud. 

Airtel, one of India’s largest telecommunication services, is currently building a new network cloud to maximise capacity and minimise capital expenses by onboarding services faster with seamless integration with current systems. 

Vodafone Idea’s new hybrid cloud platform allows the company to deliver core network functions and implement edge computing technologies for its 300 million telecommunication subscribers at a breakthrough speed.

Indian conglomerate, Godrej Group, leveraged hybrid multicloud solutions to build a future-ready IT infrastructure, resulting in a 10% reduction of total cost of ownership and 100% increase in disaster recovery coverage.

Even cement shipping company Century Cement adopted cloud technology to connect their electronic billing processes with government systems, saving 60% more time on paperless processing and management as well as reduced operating costs.

What’s next for hybrid cloud?

The next chapter of the cloud is expected to see a shift of core business operations, optimising everything from supply chains to sales, with more investment in hybrid multicloud platforms on the way.

IBM’s advice to Indian businesses consists of five steps. First, businesses should strategise by understanding how digitally transforming to the cloud aligns with their wider operating models.

Next, the task is to design your transformation journey by understanding and coordinating the different cloud platforms available, including public cloud, private cloud and traditional IT environments.

Third, is the matter of moving to a hybrid cloud platform. IBM recommends using containers and unified open platforms to decouple the rate and pace of transformation from specific deployment models or constraints.

After the much anticipated move, it’s time to build a multicloud orchestration platform used to control costs, address security concerns and skill gaps in an organisation. It is important during the build phase to combine data and applications when building multicloud solutions.

Finally, once you have your solutions, it is important for your business to constantly manage and assess the platform with regard to cost, optimisation and regulations.

To achieve a competitive advantage, businesses have to start prioritising operations that can be moved to cloud, then migrate said skills and optimise continuously.

Aligning businesses activities with cloud platforms is the business model of the near future. Indian firms have the drive to prepare for the transition, and should do so in order to keep up with a global market reshaped by COVID-19.

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NTT to strengthen hybrid and multi-cloud enterprise strategies with Megaport partnership

NTT Ltd. has announced an expanded partnership with Megaport to strengthen their hybrid and multi-cloud strategies for enterprises.

The global technology services provider will deploy Megaport’s Point of Presence at its Tai Po Data Center in Hong Kong as part of the agreement.

“Our deepened partnership with Megaport is a result of rising demand for more secure, reliable and agile hybrid cloud solutions within our data center networks in Hong Kong,” said Steven So, the EVP of Group ICTI for Data Center Services at NTT Ltd in APAC.

Hybrid and multi-cloud solutions are predicted to dominate, as cloud computing is expected to be the platform of choice for emerging technologies like artificial intelligence, blockchain and the Internet of Things.

“The deployment of an additional PoP is an important milestone for us to deliver unparalleled end-to-end solutions that help enterprises navigate digital transformation through unprecedented uncertainty,” added Mr. So.

The COVID-19 pandemic has increased the need for remote working and dependence on cloud-based technology for enterprises.

The new Megaport PoP is an expansion from NTT’s existing PoP at their Financial Data Center in Hong Kong. The partnership will enable direct, scalable, and secure connections to cloud service providers, including Alibaba Cloud, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud, IBM Cloud, Microsoft Azure, Oracle Cloud, Nutanix Xi Cloud, Salesforce and SAP.

The PoP provides a single port, supporting multiple virtual connections to allow businesses to connect to their chosen cloud provider, or build a hybrid or multi-cloud infrastructure.

The dual PoPs at the NTT Financial Data Center and Tai Po Data Center are said to enhance resiliency and reduce the risk of downtime through dual PoP solutions.

The extended partnership between NTT and Megaport adds to the cloud connect services offered by the two organisations in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand.

This month, NTT also announced expansion plans for India, Indonesia and Malaysia as well as a new Private Cloud for Enterprise service in Hong Kong and Singapore to help clients meet growing demands in their digital transformation journeys.

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Halliburton awarded digital transformation project by Thailand’s PTTEP

Halliburton has successfully been awarded a digital transformation contract by Thailand’s state-owned petroleum exploration and production company, PTTEP.

The American multinational corporation will design and implement a series of projects as part of PTTEP’s Advanced Production Excellence (APEX) Initiative.

The APEX Initiative will look to improve operational efficiency and production in four offshore fields, including Arthit, Greater Bongkot South, Greater Bongkot North and the Myanmar Zawtika Field.

“Effectively leveraging and implementing digital technologies improves efficiency to increase production, reduce operating expenses and maximize the value of the operator’s portfolio,” said Mr. Nagaraj Srinivasan, the Senior Vice President of Landmark and Halliburton Digital Solutions.

Landmark is a Halliburton business line that provides Exploration and Production professionals with software-driven lifecycle insights using open architecture, hybrid cloud environments and digital twin.

Landmark will deploy its DecisionSpace Production Suite using cloud computing technology to store data rather than onboard the offshore fields. Their DecisionSpace Enterprise Platform will integrate Honeywell Forge, a powerful analytics software solution providing real-time data and visual intelligence, so PTTEP can implement more productive and efficient work processes.

“We look forward to collaborating with Honeywell to support PTTEP on its digital transformation journey,” added Mr. Srinivasan.

The software solutions are designed to use advanced physics and data science-based models to manage offshore wells and points of delivery. A multitude of operations will also be optimised using the solution, including short-term production planning, flow assurance and sand production monitoring and control, condensate stabilisation and fuel gas optimisation.

The financial terms of the deal between Halliburton, one of the world’s largest oil field service companies, and PTT Exploration and Production Public Company Limited (PTTEP) were not disclosed.

In February 2020, Halliburton was awarded a digital transformation contract with Pertamina, the largest Indonesian oil and gas company, using Landmark’s hybrid cloud offering.

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FLOU Cloud launched on Indonesia’s 75th Independence Day as multi hybrid cloud service supported by Telkom Group

FLOU Cloud, a multi hybrid cloud service, has been launched with support by Telkom Group during Indonesia’s 75th Independence Day.

Supported by the state-owned telecommunications conglomerate, the new cloud computing service is aimed at providing small and medium enterprises as well as startups with ‘next generation cloud’ technology to accelerate business growth.

“FLOU Cloud is our breakthrough by using high-end technology to manage hybrid multi cloud with high capacity and high capabilities,” said Tanto Suratno, the Business and Sales Director of FLOU Cloud.

The solutions offered by FLOU Cloud include compute, storage, network and security as well as Software-as-a-Service (SaaS).

The services are supported by IT infrastructure in more than ten Uptime Institute Tier 3 and Tier 4 certified data centers and more than 15 local and international network providers and carrier neutral data centers.

“Many companies have been affected by COVID-19. Although some are starting to rise and make updates in their business, information technology-based solutions are very important so that SME operations can continue during this pandemic,” said Mr. Suratno.

Cloud adoption in Indonesia is rising exponentially, leading to the country being considered a ‘hotspot’ for hyperscale data center investment within the next five years. The country is expected to experience investments worth over US$1 billion at an annual growth rate of 11% between 2019 and 2025.

This is already happening with moves being made by major players, including AWS, Alibaba Cloud, Equinix, Google, NTT, Princeton Digital Group, and SpaceDC.

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NTT launches new private cloud for enterprises in Singapore and Hong Kong

NTT announced the launch of a new Private Cloud for Enterprise service in Hong Kong and Singapore today to help clients meet growing demands in their digital transformation journeys.

The new service is a core component of the global technology services provider’s Intelligent Data Center and hybrid cloud capabilities.

“Enterprises today are using various applications with a large amount of data stored in various platforms and they want to manage their hybrid IT securely,” said Masaaki Moribayashi, the Senior Executive Vice President of Services for NTT Ltd.

Hybrid IT and cloud adoption is becoming more and more essential in enabling business growth and digital transformation by bringing benefits like greater scalability, cost efficiency and security. This has resulted in the Hybrid Cloud market rising from a value of US$45.70 billion in 2019 to an estimated US$128 billion by 2025.

“Our Private Cloud service will specifically target high growth sectors supporting clients to manage their critical applications, including SAP, to enhance the agility and flexibility in securely managing large volumes of data in the cloud,” added Mr. Moribayashi.

The private cloud market adoption is also growing as part of its role in the hybrid cloud environment, as enterprises recognise how private cloud can support key security, governance, performance and regulatory compliance requirements.

“Financial clients can quickly develop new businesses by incorporating the latest technologies while complying with security regulation in each country. Manufacturers can fuel growth of their business leveraging private cloud to power critical and time-sensitive business operations,” said Mr. Moribayashi.

The new Private Cloud for Enterprise service by NTT in Hong Kong and Singapore will add to their existing coverage in the United States and Europe.

“We are proactive in our development of high-performance software solutions and with Private Cloud for Enterprise, we are able to leverage the most up-to-date technology to deliver enhanced network economics to our customers,” said Ramnik Kamo, the EVP for Global Operations and CIO of Mavenir.

NTT intends to invest further in Hong Kong and Singapore to expand its capabilities to address the market needs for customised and dedicated private cloud deployments.

“Cloud is now recognized broadly by enterprises as a critical part of their IT infrastructure, and a key to enabling transformation strategies. Enterprises should view hybrid cloud as a core, strategic initiative,” said Liam Eagle, the Research Director at 451 Research, which is a part of S&P Global Market Intelligence.

In June, NTT Data, a partially-owned subsidiary of Nippon Telegraph and Telephone (NTT), also announced an alliance with Microsoft to accelerate enterprise customer’s digital transformation using Microsoft Azure as their preferred cloud solution.

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Princeton Digital Group targets untapped potential for hybrid cloud data centers amid rapid cloud computing growth in Indonesia

The data center landscape in Indonesia is growing exponentially, as industry players like Princeton Digital Group look to tap into a market full of large domestic enterprise customers, SMEs and a broad swath of global  multinational corporations.

To keep up with demand, Princeton Digital Group, a leading investor, developer and operator of Internet infrastructure, is developing two new hyperscale greenfield builds that are slated to be ready by 2022. One will be adjacent to their Cibitung facility in Jakarta and the other new build will be interconnected to their existing site in Surabaya.

Stephanus Tumbelaka, Princeton Digital Group’s Managing Director of Indonesia, said: “This market is quite dynamic and it has a significant amount of upside growth potential.”

Due to rising digitisation and Internet traffic, Indonesia’s data center market is expected to grow at an annual rate of 11%, with more than US$1 billion in investments.

Mr Tumbelaka said: “As you look across the entire country, Indonesia has many metro markets outside of Jakarta that have limited data center facilities and overall capacity.”

Along with the new facilities, Princeton Digital Group plans to upgrade their five existing facilities.

PDG has the most carrier neutral facilities in Indonesia, covering both Java and Sumatra islands and servicing customers across four different markets: Jakarta, Surabaya, Bandung and Pekenbaru. 

Mr Tumbelaka added: “Indonesia is the world’s 14th largest country by land mass, therefore operators who only operate in a single metro or perhaps a single facility have a limited view of customers throughout Indonesia.”

Cloud computing boom creates untapped potential for hybrid solutions

Indonesia is projected to witness the fastest growth for cloud computing among the ASEAN countries, with tech giants like Alibaba Cloud, AWS, Google Cloud and Microsoft Azure entering the scene.

Mr Tumbelaka said: “The growth of the cloud computing market should help facilitate the growth of the data center infrastructure sector. This has been seen in other markets throughout Asia Pacific that PDG operates in.”

The Government’s proposed data protection law and recent data localization regulations may also positively impact both the local data center and cloud services market, as companies will be required to store their data locally in Indonesia.

This uptake in cloud computing reveals untapped potential for hybrid cloud solutions that require third party data center facilities like Princeton Digital Group’s to provide enterprise customers with global leading operational support and flexible commercial structures.

“We don’t feel that PDG competes with cloud service providers, rather they are our customers,” said Mr Tumbelaka.

Princeton Digital Group noticed more enterprise and public sector customers are active in all metros they operate in, indicating that customers are considering migrating infrastructure into third party colocation facilities.

Princeton Digital Group takes a proactive stance to overcome the challenges of rapid growth 

A rapidly developing market like Indonesia’s requires Government support to help investment climates. 

Data center operators should deploy to multiple metro markets to capture a significant amount of the domestic business.

Mr Tumbelaka said: “As the largest carrier neutral data center operator in Indonesia with facilities across four different metro markets, we have a unique perspective.”

PDG takes a proactive stance in the industry by reaching out across many different government agencies and industry groups to ensure their perspective is heard and that they are engaged in various discussions.

He added: “In addition to the hyperscaler cloud providers, we feel that we are well positioned to also be able to assist local enterprise customers and MNCs with their data center infrastructure requirements.”

Operators should look to enable the entire ecosystem of the data center community to achieve long term success since Indonesia’s market is less established compared to other countries.

PDG removed a lot of uncertainty away from entering new markets by having a strong local partner, XL Axiata, which gave them a strong foundation to grow their business.

The challenge of having sustainable sources of electricity to cope with the scale of the market may also impact Indonesia’s market

To overcome this, Princeton Digital Group focuses on building data centers towards global standards of energy efficient building codes such as BREEAM and LEED.

“Princeton Digital Group operates data centers across Asia Pacific and we align our operations and construction processes to meet or exceed local regulations and building codes,” said Mr Tumbelaka.  

PDG has conducted operations optimisation programs focusing on energy efficiency within the core mechanical and electrical systems in their five existing facilities since taking over operations in December.

Their new developments in Jakarta and Surabaya will look to meet or exceed local regulations and building codes by working with technology and construction partners to ensure compliance with PDG’s practices during the entire life cycle of the project.

Princeton Digital Group aims to continue their strategy to deliver high-quality data centers to both the Indonesian enterprise market and the global hyperscale community with their new and existing facilities.

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By Stuart Crowley, Editor, W.Media