PLDT, Microsoft and Dimension Data Launch Best-in-Class Private Cloud-Computing Solutions

Posted: August 24, 2011 in Tech
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(L-R) Mr. Faycal Bouchlaghem, General Manager Asia Pacific Telecom Sector, Microsoft Philippines, Mr. John Bessey, General Manager, Microsoft Philippines, Mr. Ernesto Alberto, SVP and Head of Customer Sales and Marketing Group, PLDT, Mr. Puay Koon Lim, Managing Director of ASEAN Region, Dimension Data, Mr. Juan Victor Hernandez, VP and Head of Corporate Business Group, PLDT, and Mr. Neville Burdan, General Manager, Microsoft LOB

Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co., Inc. (PLDT), Microsoft Philippines and Dimension Data join forced in announcing the commercial availability of Managed Microsoft Solutions in the market, under the PLDT AppFarm Private Cloud Services portfolio which is the first ever cloud based Microsoft solution in Asia.

PLDT Senior Vice President Ernesto Alberto said, “This partnership allows us to really serve our customers better as this provides them best of class, high quality services and solutions that are available in ICT today.”

According to PLDT Vice-President and Head of Corporate Business Group Juan Victor Hernandez, the collaboration with PLDT and Microsoft is there next big step in strengthening the portfolio of their existing cloud computing brand PLDT AppFarm.

Under the three-way agreement, PLDT will carry and distribute Microsoft applications under a Service Provider licensing Agreement (SPLA), while Dimension Data will provide the necessary infrastructure and technical support for all projects using its globally-established “Onecloud” framework. The collaboration among the three industry leaders assemble the strengths of each partner in the different facets of ICT project execution, from broadband networking, application development, systems integration, up to IT operations management.

The service model is based on a “Private-Cloud” approach that allows businesses to fully outsource the end-to-end implementation of their chosen Microsoft solutions on a turn-key agreement with a guaranteed complete data security. PLDT AppFarm Microsoft solution is available via opex “monthly subscription” arrangement that provides significant upfront investments such as infrastructure and technical support.

John Bessey, Managing Director of Microsoft Philippines said, “We are all working together in this partnership to make sure that local businesses have access to the right set of tools and support to drive productivity and business growth through premier cloud technologies.”

“The collaboration among our three companies will enable us to help our clients to accelerate their transition to cloud computing,” said Dimension Data Asia Pacific Regional Director for ASEAN Lim Puay-Koon.


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