Cisco Makes Inroads With Cloud Among SMBs in Asia


DataOne of the Philippines is collaborating with Cisco to update its infrastructure and further enhance CloudSecure, a portfolio of services that includes software-as-a-service (SaaS), platform-as-a-service (PaaS), infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) and voice services over the cloud.

DataOne offers information and communications technology (ICT) as a subscription-based cloud service, allowing its clients to reap the fundamental benefit of cloud computing — increased efficiency by concentrating fully on core competencies and devoting resources back to business-critical activities.

"For many small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), it's no longer practical to own and maintain an in-house ICT system," said Alex Fernando, chief technology officer, DataOne Asia (Philippines) Inc. "Switching to the cloud will allow them to focus more on running an effective business while providing access to powerful computing resources and top-of-the-line technical support."

Moving toward subscription-based ICT services allows companies to realize considerable savings, a major consideration especially for SMBs, Fernando noted.  Scalability and a reduction in IT staffing costs are also advantages to the cloud, he pointed out.

"Cisco systems and solutions incorporate a wide range of technologies and products into a portfolio of solutions that are developed to address the specific business needs of our customers," said Stephen Misa, country general manager for Cisco in Philippines. "The data center of DataOne is a Cisco Validated Design, meaning the solutions they are using are designed, tested and documented by Cisco specifically for DataOne to facilitate and improve their operations."

DataOne consulted Cisco during the planning, design and architecture phase, adopting several Cisco technologies and solutions for the data center to meet the growing demands of the market, including concerns about security. DataOne decided to use the Cisco Unified Computing System for its compute virtualization infrastructure together with the Cisco Nexus Unified Fabric switching platform.

"Although cloud is still in the infancy stage of acceptance here in the country, we've had significant inquiries from SMBs," Fernando said. "They are testing it, trying it and seeing its benefits for themselves."

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