Sandz partners with Globe Telecom to introduce the first “Infrastructure as a Service” offering
Globe Telecom has announced that it has introduced the first “Infrastructure as a Service” (IaaS) offering to local businesses as part of its cloud services.
Delivered through the Globe Business unit, the company said the new cloud service represents the next phase of its communications offerings intended for customers whose telco needs continue to evolve. With IaaS, enterprises can have access to the latest technologies without the costs of purchasing and maintaining hardware. Since the equipment is outsourced to a virtual environment, customers can get network access and solutions on-demand and pay only for what they use. Whether it is storage, back-up, hardware, servers or network components, these resources can be provisioned fast and can be suited to specific needs of businesses. In addition, among the many advantages of IaaS are its relatively quick setup time and high availability.
Globe Business’ suite of IaaS solutions includes Backup as a Service, Storage as a Service and Compute as a Service. All these are hosted at the Globe Data Center (GDC), an ISO-certified facility. Globe’s first IaaS offering, Backup as a Service, was launched last June 16. The service allows users to backup and restore critical data to and from the GDC, using backup/restoration software. Similarly, Compute as a Service will allow enterprises to acquire processing power without the cost of purchasing additional servers. Server “instances” or virtual machines are available for customers to load with their choice of OS and applications. Storage as a Service, on the other hand, will enable customers to upload and download data to and from an off-site or Web-enabled data server, or a data repository for Web-based applications.
Globe IaaS can be used in various enterprise-grade applications. For instance, IaaS can be employed to run large-scale operations such as that of a national election. Instead of purchasing physical servers then worrying about their subsequent disposal, the government can utilize the on-demand capability of cloud computing to manage and streamline their operations during the elections. Globe has partnered with local tech firm Sandz Philippines and Ayala Systems Technology Inc. (ASTI), to bring IaaS to enterprise customers.