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Red Hat banks on Digital Malaysia initiative

AvantiKumar | May 15, 2013
During a business 2013 update in Kuala Lumpur, Red Hat's Asean GM said that 'open source collaboration is really crowd sourcing taking place in an innovative ecosystem.'

Red Hat Business Update - Damien Wong and Steven Rosen modified 

Photo - (From left) Damien Wong, GM, ASEAN,  Red Hat Inc. presents a token of appreciation to Steven Rosen, IT Director, YTL Communications.


During 2013, Red Hat's plans in Malaysia include leveraging on the government's Digital Malaysia initiative as well as other IT drivers such as cloud computing and security concerns, said the open source solutions firm during a business update in Kuala Lumpur.

Red Hat's Asean general manager Damien Wong said Malaysia's IT industry is expected by analyst firm IDC to reach US$10 billion in 2013. "ICT initiatives such as the Digital Malaysia programme [announced in 2012] will help promote digital business models and create new sources of growth."

"We understand that supporting our channel is critical to Red Hat's ability to deliver enterprise-ready, reliable, open source solutions to our Asean customers," said Wong. "In addition, cloud computing and other consumer-driven technology cannot be ignored by any organisation in these days. In this environment, CIOs are under pressure to demonstrate their relevance and adopt an ' open' mindset and position IT as a strategic enabler as well as to avoid vendor lock in."

He said vendors also are under pressure to shift to a more strategic and holistic view with their solutions and services. "Solutions need to address business objectives and the power of open source is that it operates in an innovative ecosystem, fed by collaboration that equals crowd sourcing."

"Red Hat is the only billion dollar open source company in the world and its technology powers 80 percent of all public clouds throughout the world," said Wong. "In addition, the open source ecosystem of collaboration is in tune with social computing, which is changing the way technology is being used."

"During 2013, Red Hat aims for continued growth in Malaysia and Asean," he said. "Our solutions are mission-critical with enterprise quality and have inherent security built in. With so many 'eyes' collaborating on applications, it is much more difficult for vulnerabilities to be missed. Our solutions are certified by the highest US national security agencies' standards and, for example, used in systems on naval destroyers."

Wong said the company would be pursuing more vertical partners in the coming months and globally has enjoyed growth through 44 consecutive quarters [11 years], and served 90 percent of Fortune 500 companies. "The value of open source solutions to smaller organisations, startups and SMBs [small and medium businesses], in Malaysia is a given and there is no change in that. The company also hopes to support Digital Malaysia initiatives to use technology to grow Malaysia's GDP [gross domestic product]."

"The company has more than 1000 registered partners in the region and its focus would include the government, financial services, and telecom sectors," he said.

 YTL:  'very significant savings' with open source

"When I first started my IT career more than 20 years ago, open source was seen as 'hobbyist tech.' It has now matured into enterprise level technology that delivers quality very competitively," said YTL Communications IT director, Steven Rosen.

YTL Communications, which delivers the 4G Yes service, has opted for open source solutions throughout its IT systems from the launch of the Yes service in November 2010, said Rosen, who added that the service now covered 80 percent of peninsular Malaysia. "This constitutes one of the largest virtualised clouds in Southeast Asia and has attracted awards including the Frost & Sullivan innovation award for the second year in a row."

"YTL uses many of Red Hat's solutions to drive its services, including Enterprise Application Platform [EAP], Red Hat Network [RHN], Java Beans Open Source Software [JBoss], Red Hat Enterprise Linux [RHEL], Journaled File System [JFS2] and Red Hat Clustering [RHC]," he said. 'The end result is these solutions provide quality in a transparent, standardised and cost efficient manner."

Rosen agreed that open source was driven by crowd sourcing. "This approach brings quality tools to as a much more reasonable cost than proprietary solutions. An internal estimate confirms that we have made very significant cost savings by adopting open source wherever possible. As a service provider, there are one or two applications that need to be from proprietary vendors."


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