VMware unveils 5G cloud platform for Southeast Asia

VMware has announced its 5G Telco Cloud Platform, a new cloud-based infrastructure for communication service providers developing 5G in Southeast Asia.

5G Telco Cloud Platform will allow CSPs to leverage cloud technology to deliver apps and services across a multicloud infrastructure. While CSPs prepare to roll out 5G, VMware will help simplify and accelerate the process, enabling the swift and smooth deployment of 5G to the market.

“VMware continues to accelerate the delivery of a comprehensive telco and edge cloud portfolio that addresses our customers’ challenges of today and enables them to harness the opportunities of tomorrow,” said Sanjay K. Deshmukh, the Vice President and Managing Director of Southeast Asia and Korea at VMware.

5G Telco Cloud Platform merges the company’s telco cloud infrastructure with cloud automation solutions, giving birth to enhancements that support telco-centric operations, such as Containers as-a-Service (Caas) management automation, and zero-touch-provisioning. Hence, CSPs that use the VMware 5G Telco Cloud Platform are able to deploy 5G and undergo network expansion with carrier-grade resiliency and quality.

“With support for cloud native technologies in the Telco Cloud Platform, CSPs can now boost their innovation speed to deliver new applications and services, reduce operational complexities, and realize substantial total cost of ownership savings, further accelerating the rollout of their 5G networks to support the growth of Southeast Asia’s digital economy,” continued Mr. Deshmukh.

The VMware Telco Cloud Platform combines VMware Telco Cloud Infrastructure and VMware Telco Cloud Automation, the recently launched multi-domain orchestration and automation capability.

As CSPs evolve from NFV networks to cloud native and containerized networks, VMware is evolving its VMware vCloud NFV solution to Telco Cloud Infrastructure, providing CSPs a consistent and unified platform delivering consistent operations for both Virtual Network Functions and Cloud Native Network Functions across telco networks. 

Telco Cloud Infrastructure is designed to optimise the delivery of network services with telco centric enhancements, supporting distributed cloud deployments, and providing scalability and performance for millions of consumer and enterprise users. These telco centric enhancements enable CSPs to gain web-scale speed and agility while maintaining carrier-grade performance, resiliency, and quality.

To provide further assistance to CSPs in Southeast Asia, VMware has launched a Ready for Telco Cloud program. To date, over 35 of VMware’s partners have received more than 180 certifications under the program.

Southeast Asia’s digital economy is expected to generate US$300 billion by 2025. With more and more businesses in the region working to digitally transform their operations, 5G will become a core part of many, of not all businesses. 

With businesses looking to 5G to supercharge their growth, CSPs in the region require a field proven network powered by a modernized cloud that delivers web-scale speed and agility while maintaining carrier-grade performance, resiliency, and quality.

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VMWare upgrades cloud solutions in the Philippines to support businesses during COVID-19 pandemic

As the COVID-19 infection numbers continue to fluctuate and lockdowns put a strain on businesses in the Philippines, VMWare has introduced a series of new work-from-home cloud solutions to provide support during the pandemic.

The new innovations come at a time when the Philippines is adapting to a mobile and digital-first economy in order to cope with the evolving situation.

“In this new normal, customers need employees who are able to work seamlessly in a secure environment, anywhere, anytime,” said Walter So, the Country Manager of VMware Philippines.

Since the COVID-19 numbers began to rise, at least 100 establishments in the country and more than 10,000 employees across education, retail and commerce have benefited from VMWare’s Workspace ONE remote working solutions.

Adding to the solution, a number of new features have been announced to provide employees with more secure digital workspaces across any devices, which is becoming increasingly important as cyberattacks are becoming more common during the pandemic.

“Whether it is for work-from-home, on cloud or on security, all these solutions are relevant for all sectors,” said Sanjay K. Deshmukh, VMWare’s Managing Director for Southeast Asia and Korea.

The US-based cloud solutions company also announced VMWare SD-WAN by VevoCloud, a new cloud solution that would provide businesses with increased bandwidth. This means that businesses would be able to access cloud services and private data centers at greater speeds, enabling enhanced network scalability.

In partnership with Google Cloud and AWS, VMWare has expanded its access and lowered the costs of migration to their solutions for businesses in the Philippines by delivering the full stack of software on the cloud giants’ engines.

“In the past few months, [our partners] have helped to set up remote working capabilities, architect cloud and app infrastructure, and deploy intrinsic security solutions for many in a matter of weeks, and sometimes sooner,” said Mr. So.

VMWare’s new innovations will be delivered through their partner ecosystem across the Philippines.

“We are extremely grateful for their tireless efforts,” added Mr. So.

To upgrade security measures, VMWare introduced Carbon Black Cloud, a cloud native endpoint protection platform that would allow IT teams to detect, respond and prevent malware threats in real-time.

Following reports earlier in the year that VMWare vRealize Automation Cloud Service had been released in Singapore, the service is now available in the Philippines, too.

Some of the top companies in the Philippines are using VMWare’s cloud solutions, including local telecommunications giant Globe Telecommunications, Metrobank, the country’s second largest bank as well as Integrated Computer Systems, AMTI, MDi and VST ECS Phils Inc.

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Lenovo Data Center Group Expands HCI Solutions Offering in partnership with Nutanix, Microsoft and VMware

Lenovo Data Center Group has announced the launch of a new range of hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) solutions and cloud services to help organisations transition to the new, smarter norm.

With remote work environments becoming common, businesses have seen demand for cloud services soar. It is more crucial than ever for organisations to adapt their hybrid cloud strategy and modernise existing data center infrastructures to keep pace with evolving business needs. 

“The strategy toward the new, smarter normal is around modernising the data center and breaking down the longstanding digital barriers that many organisations face today,” said Kamran Amini, the Vice President and General Manager of Server, Storage and Software Defined Infrastructure at Lenovo Data Center Group.

In partnership with industry-leading hybrid cloud software providers Nutanix, Microsoft and VMWare, Lenovo Data Center Group introduced HCI solutions to enable customers to deploy and manage the full edge-to-cloud environment. Among updated features that customers can expect include simpler updates, easy scalability and a consumption-based delivery model.

These hyperconverged infrastructure solutions support industries like education and healthcare where remote working has been forced upon organisations due to the COVID-19 pandemic by providing virtual desktop infrastructures that can be accessed from almost anywhere.

What are Lenovo’s new solutions?

Together with Nutanix and AMD, Lenovo introduced the new Lenovo ThinkAgile HX HCI solutions. With this, customers are said to be able to run virtual desktop workloads at a consistent performance with 50% fewer servers.

“We’ve simplified and enhanced IT operations while cutting energy costs, so we can invest more of time and resources in our primary purpose to provide best in-class healthcare services,” said Bernie Larralde, the Vice President of Information Technology at Miami Jewish Health.

As hybrid cloud solutions start to dominate the market, Lenovo has launched the new Lenovo ThinkAgile MX Azure Stack HCI Edge and Data Center Solutions in partnership with Microsoft.

This one-stop shop provides deployment and management of Microsoft Azure services, empowering customers to modernise and rapidly scale from on-premise infrastructures to the cloud using edge solutions.

“The Lenovo ThinkAgile MX platform has all the features we need as an MSP—high performance, high availability and easy scalability,” said Brian Townley, the General Manager for C3 Group.

In another collaboration with VMWare, Lenovo announced the new Lenovo ThinkAgile VX HCI Solutions, aimed at improving agility and reliability of mission critical applications on SAP HANA databases.

Additionally, Lenovo and VMWare are also expanding software-defined systems management capabilities with Lenovo XClarity, the management console for Lenovo ThinkAgile HCI solutions.

“Efficiency has increased so we can process and ship out more parts faster than we could before, bringing more products, and therefore socio-economic empowerment, to more people around the world,” said Sujoy Brahmachari, the Head of IT Infrastructure and Information Security at Hero MotoCorp.

According to Amini, help is provided to guide business leaders through their cloud strategy and execution. Lenovo offers customers the option to work with Lenovo Principal Consultants, to simplify and streamline options across multiple cloud platforms for ultimate business agility. 

“Efficiency has increased dramatically and we’re now able to cope with customer requirements at a speed that was previously impossible,” said Thomas Rumpf, the CTO for Private Cloud at T-Systems.

All solutions by Lenovo are set to be available by November.

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VMware brings Automation Cloud Service to Southeast Asia, boosting data center capacity

VMware announced today it will bring their vRealize Automation Cloud Service to Southeast Asia through general availability in Singapore.

The American-based innovator in enterprise software announced in a press release that the service will boost data center capacity, streamline application delivery and allow for rapid scalability.

VMware hopes this will empower businesses to fast-track innovation and help them pivot towards Southeast Asia’s mobile-first, app-driven economy.

Sanjay K. Deshmukh, VMware’s Vice President and Managing Director for SEAK, said: “As more companies anchor their operations in Singapore to leapfrog into Southeast Asia’s app-driven digital economy, it is critical that they foster greater collaboration and agility to spur business innovation.”

The service is also expected to enhance accessibility and security by allowing all data to be hosted locally in Singapore.

The VMware vRealize Automation Cloud Service works with other cloud providers like AWS, Azure, GCP and VMC to ‘foster collaboration between developers and IT operators’.

The service consists of VMware’s Cloud Assembly, Service Broker and Code Stream products that automates multi-cloud experiences and ensures continuous delivery of applications in line with DevOps.

Singapore recently lost the top spot in the Asia Cloud Computing Association Cloud Readiness Index. The announcement of VMware’s service could help businesses take advantage of ‘leapfrog’ technology like AI, 5G and the Internet of Things to reclaim the number one position and remain competitive with emerging markets.

The World Bank ranked Singapore in second place amongst 190 economies for ease of doing business, which made it ‘an ideal hub for businesses looking to ride on Southeast Asia’s growing digital economy’ for VMware, the number one ranked provider in IDC Cloud System Management Software Report.