Bayan jumps into cloud computing ? with a partner

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DataOne Asia president and CEO Cyril Rocke DataOne Asia president and CEO Cyril Rocke[/caption] Bayan joined forces with data center operator DataOne Asia to make the bold foray into cloud computing ? a growing but still wide-open market among local players. Cloud Secure was unveiled during a technology roadshow conducted by Bayan Business for customers on June 7 in Ortigas, Pasig City. Rafael Aguado, Bayan chief operating officer, said the partnership is part of the company’s strategy to provide local customers with effective and affordable business solutions. “We have chosen to partner with DataOne for the roll-out of our cloud services because of our shared mission to deliver to our customers and clients the best enterprise cloud services solution there is today,” said Aguado. DataOne Asia, which was started in 2002 by the Keppel Group of Singapore, operates a Tier 3 data center at the IBM Plaza Building in Quezon City. It also has a back-up facility located in a data center of another telco. Cyril Rocke, president and chief executive officer of DataOne Asia, told reporters after the launch that the company can still sell its cloud offerings directly to customers because its partnership Bayan is exclusive in the sense that DataOne cannot partner with another telco for the service. ?We?re not competing with Bayan in this manner because they have a wider reach with customers which we don?t have,? said Rocke. Asked if it was advantageous for Bayan to just partner with DataOne instead of erecting its data center like PLDT and Globe, Rocke said cloud computing and IT are not the competence of telcos whose main function is to provide communication services. Rocke said cloud and IT are better left to the care of pure tech companies such as DataOne. ?Telcos also have so many products to sell,? he said. Regarded as the next big business trend, cloud computing provides centralized maintenance and regulation for various programs and applications needed by enterprises. Bayan and DataOne said they are offering the most complete cloud computing service, aimed not just for large-scale enterprises but also for small to medium scale businesses. While some local players have actually forayed in the cloud computing as early as 2010, none of these companies has established a firm dominance of the market due to lack of a complete range of cloud offerings, Bayan said. ]]>

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