PHOTO - (From left) Fitri Abdullah, senior vice president of Maxis Business Services; and YBhg Datuk Badlisham Ghazali, chief executive officer of the Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC), officiating at the launch of Maxis Cloud.
Malaysian telecommunications provider Maxis' Maxis Cloud is the most advanced cloud service solution in the country, said the company. Government ICT agency Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) will work closely with Maxis so that Malaysian businesses will benefit from this new service.
During the launch on 22 August 2011, MDeC chief executive officer Dato' Badlisham Ghazali said Maxis would work closely with key stakeholders, including MDeC, so that that Malaysian businesses, especially SMEs (small and medium enterprises) would benefit from the new service, which is driven by a 100Gbps (gigabit per second) optical backbone network and Telekom Malaysia's HSBB (high speed broadband) network.
Joint programmes would be established to provide cloud computing services for Independent Software Vendors (ISVs), said Badlisham. "Malaysian SMEs operate within the key pillars of Malaysia's economy; selecting talented software vendors to develop these applications, providing to them joint counsel, market and technology insights and funding; and developing a framework and standards for the overall development of the Malaysian cloud industry as a platform for world-class ICT practice."
"Today's launch of Maxis Cloud is designed to support the growing need of Malaysian businesses, and help them operate at the next strategic level," said Maxis senior vice president of business services, Fitri Abdullah. "With infrastructure-as-a-service, we give businesses our capacity for secure, pay-per-use access to computing power, information and content from any screen. We've designed Maxis Cloud to enable businesses with better IT solutions and offer tools for skilled software developers to further grow cloud solutions for a more mature market."
"In addition, we believe our collaboration with MDeC will further accelerate the adoption of cloud technology by software vendors and businesses, and pave the way for an array of enterprise-grade cloud solutions to become available to Malaysian businesses," said Fitri. "This will undoubtedly make them more agile, cost-efficient and globally competitive, and enable them to provide better products and services to Malaysian consumers".
Economic benefits to SMEs
"The economic benefits for SMEs and businesses when moving some or all of their IT to the cloud are compelling," said MDeC's Badlisham. "Local companies now have the opportunity to buy server and application resources in the required capacity, through easy-to-use and highly scalable architecture. Cloud computing is allowing these companies to move ICT spending from Capex [capital expenditure] to Opex [operating expenditure]."
"On a national level, we welcome the opportunity to work alongside private sector players such as Maxis and deploy the required technology," he said. "Our collective efforts will help Malaysia realise its ambition to become a leader in the global ICT industry much faster."
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