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Malaysia: Look Ahead to 2012 - Part 1

AvantiKumar | Jan. 4, 2012
Computerworld Malaysia presents a 'virtual roundtable' of opinions from Malaysian industry practitioners and vendors on what we can expect in 2012.


Extreme low-energy servers

Today companies operate with thousands of servers delivering Web services, social media and simple content delivery applications. And these companies with hyperscale environments are facing a crisis in capacity that requires a fundamental change at the architectural level. HP has a strong track record of leading market transitions that enable our clients to stay ahead of the technology curve, maximise their ability to innovate and speed their time to market of new services while reducing costs and energy use.

Earlier this month, HP announced a new industry programme comprising a new server development platform, customer discovery lab and partner ecosystem to help customers significantly reduce complexity, energy use and costs. HP's new programme, dubbed Project Moonshot, combines with HP Converged Infrastructure technology to allow the sharing of resources - including storage, networking, management, power and cooling - across thousands of servers. It paves the way to the future of low-energy computing for emerging Web, cloud and massive scale environments.



The rapid growth of online users and smart devices has also contributed to the dwindling availability of Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4) Web addresses. With IPv4 exhaustion quickly approaching, organisations need to be prepared to support IPv6 to achieve and maintain a competitive advantage and communicate with new and existing customers operating in IPv6. Yet many organisations have concerns about disrupting their existing network or introducing security vulnerabilities.

At HP, our phased approach takes clients from IPv4, to a dual-protocol environment and ultimately, to IPv6 only, ensuring seamless connectivity, business continuity and minimised risk.

HP works with clients to design an offering that addresses their current needs and delivers immediate results. And HP consultants today are engaging clients through the transition to IPv6 including planning, design and implementation of an end-state architecture.


Laurence Si, country manager, VMware Malaysia:

2012 will be an exciting year for cloud computing and virtualisation as we see a real uptake of cloud adoption and usage in the market; this will be the year that we fully embrace the cloud, with the majority of enterprises finally adopting cloud computing. Companies will have a better understanding of how cloud computing will benefit their businesses and realise that there is no 'one-size-fits-all' approach to their journey to the cloud, be it through a private or hybrid cloud model.

A recent Forrester research study commissioned by VMware supports these trends. Ninety percent of organisations in Malaysia believe that cloud computing is relevant to their business, while 57 percent strongly agree that it is a high priority and are planning to implement cloud-based solutions or approaches in the next 12-18 months. The findings also revealed that 84 percent of organisations already understood that virtualisation is an important IT capability to enabling cloud computing.


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