"JARING has established strategic cloud collaborations with leading technology brands such as VMware, Intel, Oracle, Microsoft, IBM and Altair Engineering on infrastructure, virtualisation, software, application, as well as licensing and processes," said Nik Abdul. "I believe in effective strategic collaborations as this allows parties within the alliance to share expertise, resources and positive values for the benefit of its customers. It is also a natural progression for a provider like JARING to offer services that cater to the needs of increasingly discerning and demanding clients."
"Moving forward, JARING is in the midst of upgrading its data centre in Penang to be the second cloud infrastructure-ready by the end of the third quarter of this year to cater to the growing demand of this service in the Northern region," he said. "In the eastern region, we have sealed a partnership with Jalur Lebar Nasional (JALENAS) utilising their open access fibre to home networks so we can provide end-users in this part of the region with our services. This collaboration will also provide an opportunity for JARING to expand its Infrastructure Cloud service to the eastern region."
"As Malaysia is moving towards a high income nation by 2020, we obviously need to be prepared to undergo significant changes to resemble that of other developed nations," said Nik Abdul. "Therefore, strengthening our ICT infrastructure, procuring advanced technologies such as cloud computing and reinforcing our IT capacity and capabilities will make us more compelling. We need to, therefore, relook at our priorities to ensure that our organisations have a competitive advantage at all times, including during a global crisis."
Cloud computing was identified by the Malaysian government under the Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) as the underlying platform for businesses to build services that would spur ICT growth. It is expected to generate RM1.8 billion [US$605 million] in gross national income (GNI) by 2015.
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