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Globe Telecom Offers IaaS in Philippines

VMWare, HDS Partner Up in New Enterprise Cloud Program

IaaS has come to the Philippines in a big way from Globe Telecom, along with three new acronyms.

The company, a major Internet service provider and leading mobile provider in the country, breaks down its new IaaS strategy into three offerings: Backup-as-a-Service (Baas), Storage-as-a-Service (StaaS) and Compute-as-a-Service (CaaS). The latter of these seems analagous to the traditional IaaS definition, in which computing resources as delivered through the Cloud.

VMWare and HDS have partnered up with Globe on the offerings. Execs from the two companies joined Globe execs in outlining the strategy to about 250 local business leaders at a CEO Forum at the Shangri-La Hotel in Makati City, Metro Manila. The event was produced by TeamAsia, a well-known local vendor that focuses on tech events, public relations, web development, consulting, and brand visibility programs.

I moderated a panel at the end of the three-hour event, in which major Globe business customers and a Deputy Commissioner from the government's Bureau of Internal Revenue directed questions at the technologists. The vendors had worked to head off security questions at the pass during their presentations, so the panel focused on true costs, deployment timeframes, and complexity.

Globe has offered a smaller IaaS program since 2010, and points out that its new offereings are targeted at SMEs as well as large companies. Its new CaaS gives customers the chance to buy virtual machine instances, in the manner of AWS and IBM's cloud services. Processing power and data are hosted at Globe datacenters within the Philippines.

The BaaS and StaaS services may turn out to be a winning idea in this part of the world, where so many companies have been slow to keep up with the latest in IT, and thus have vast repositories of customer and sales data on floppy disks, older hard disks, and even shoeboxes full of paper forms.

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Roger Strukhoff (@IoT2040) is Executive Director of the Tau Institute for Global ICT Research, with offices in Illinois and Manila. He is Conference Chair of @CloudExpo & @ThingsExpo, and Editor of SYS-CON Media's CloudComputing BigData & IoT Journals. He holds a BA from Knox College & conducted MBA studies at CSU-East Bay.

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