Luichi Robles, Symantec’s Senior Country Manager and IP-Converge President Reynaldo R. Huergas

Leading Internet data center operator and cloud services provider IP Converge Data Services, Inc. (IP-Converge), a wholly-owned subsidiary of ePLDT, Inc., announced that it is partnering with Symantec, a global leader in security, backup and availability solutions, to launch IPC Backup Cloud, the Philippines’ first and only cloud-based enterprise data backup service powered by Symantec NetBackup.

The backup-as-a-service (BaaS) product enables businesses to ensure data availability through periodic data transfers to the IPC BackupCloud system hosted in IP-Converge’s state-of-the-art data center facility over a dedicated Internet connection. The unique product allows companies to replicate and safeguard valuable data automatically without having to spend huge capex on software licenses, servers and storage devices. With IPC BackupCloud, data backup is done on a regular basis for a monthly fee based only on the amount of data backed up. In addition, the system features deduplication technology which ensures that only changes made to the data are added to the existing backup. The opex arrangement is economical for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) with critical data availability and disaster recovery requirements.

IP-Converge President Reynaldo R. Huergas says, “We are proud to be the first provider in the country to introduce this unique product to small and medium enterprises locally. As a pioneer in the cloud computing space in the Philippines, we at IP-Converge are committed to developing new ways for Filipino businesses to enjoy the many benefits of the cloud, through alliances with global leaders such as Symantec.”

“The ability to quickly recover from a disaster is critical for businesses today. A sound disaster preparedness and business continuity plan combined with technologies such as cloud computing, enable businesses to better prepare for and quickly recover from potential disasters,” says Luichi Robles, Symantec’s Senior Country Manager in the Philippines. “According to Symantec’s 2012 SMB Disaster Preparedness Survey, 34 percent of SMBs globally are adopting public cloud and server virtualization to improve disaster preparedness. We are pleased to partner with IP-Converge to better serve the needs of businesses in the Philippines through the IPC BackupCloud offering.”

According to the World Risk Report published by Germany-based Alliance Development Works in October 2012, the Philippines ranks as the third country in the world that is most prone and vulnerable to disasters.  (http://ehs.unu.edu/file/get/10487.pdf)

Hosted locally in IPC Data Center, the IPC BackupCloud system ensures that customers’ data is kept in-country, which results in better network latency between system and customer, more so if the latter’s data storage is also co-located in IP-Converge’s data center facility. This allows them to take advantage of faster data transfer within the IP-Converge network.

“Disaster recovery planning is a must for all companies big or small, and backing up of data is the first step to ensuring business continuity.” says IP-Converge Marketing Director Niño Valmonte. “Through IPC BackupCloud, SMEs are now able to ensure the availability of mission-critical data, just as a large enterprise would, especially in the event of a disaster.”

IPC BackupCloud further strengthens IP-Converge’s portfolio of world-class cloud services designed for the Philippine enterprise. The company reiterates its “cloudvocacy” to propagate a cloud computing mindset within the Filipino business community and reap the many benefits of using the cloud for business operations.

Symantec NetBackup, the foundation of IPC BackupCloud, speeds backups up to 100 times and delivers instant full recovery capability through a centralized management console. Unlike other backup technology that relies on the IT team to integrate multiple disparate backup solutions, Symantec NetBackup is available as a single integrated appliance for the data center, remote office and virtual environments, providing users with simplified deployment and operations.

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