VMware Philippines country manager Manny Portugal[/caption] In a presentation at the Makati Shangri-la Hotel in Makati City, VMware Philippines country manager Manny Portugal said the company?s NSX virtual networking software will allow local firms to save tremendously on their IT investments as it is based on VMware?s virtualization technologies. Portugal said that while VMware’s NSX offering still needs routers, ports, and other networking elements to work together in a virtual networking environment, it eliminates the need for networking hardware such as network storage, servers, and telephony products from the likes of Cisco, Juniper, and Alcatel-Lucent. Portugal, an IT industry veteran, said the local tech scene is currently on a transition phase, thus local firms might be better off to leapfrog to a software-defined architecture instead of spending on expensive networking gears. Meanwhile, VMware revealed the findings of its survey that showcase Philippines businesses at the leading edge of technology adoption in Asean with over 79 percent respondents expecting to be at least 30 percent virtualized in two years. The findings further highlight businesses in the highly virtualized category to more than double from existing 17 to 44 percent by 2017. 623 business and IT managers and decision makers participated in the VMware Philippines Business Survey conducted from January to February 2015. The positive virtualization trends in Philippines would mean long-term business savings as the IDC Datacenter Economies Index estimated that businesses in the Asia Pacific region would be able to avoid almost $1B ($92,413M) in costs between 2014-2020 as a result of virtualization of compute, storage and networking hardware, and leveraging a software-defined approach to managing IT. The savings, according to the same study, would come from four key areas of hardware ($40,038M), real estate/maintenance ($1,965M), administration ($35,856M) and power and cooling ($14,554M), just from 2014-2020. Key findings from the survey:
? IT security, disaster recovery, and enterprise cost reduction outlined as key business priorities for 2015
? Philippines businesses define their top three IT priorities for 2015 as providing IT security and data protection (34 percent), disaster recovery and business continuity (31 percent) and reduction of enterprise costs (23 percent)
? The strong focus on turning to software-defined data centers could be attributed to the added technology advantages of virtualization. In the quest for productivity amongst businesses, organizations in Philippines that can rapidly provision new services in a secure and highly available environment, while scaling dynamically as the business grows in a cost-effective manner, will in turn be able to succeed in this new era.
? Businesses expect software-defined data centers to improve operational efficiency and optimize resource utilization
? Improve operational efficiency (35 percent) and optimize resource utilization (30 percent) were identified as the key drivers for adopting software-defined data centersAt the media briefing, VMware also showcased water distributor Maynilad?s transition to a virtualized environment. Maynilad, the largest water concessionaire in the Philippines in terms of customer base, said it deployed VMware?s vSphere, which resulted in significant improvements of its customer service delivery by at least 50 percent, better resource management, and reduction in wastage from the increased IT efficiency and productivity.]]>