Singapore launches virtual sandbox for new generation cloud solutions
As announced on 10 April, Singtel signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with enterprise software innovator VMware to jointly provide solutions to accelerate the digital transformation of enterprises across the Asia Pacific region.
The two companies will set up their first Digital Transformation Foundry in Singapore to co-create new generation cloud solutions.
The Foundry is designed as a “virtual sandbox” for customers to conduct proof-of-concept experiments to help bring their digital solutions to market more quickly.
Enterprises can test their solutions in a hybrid cloud environment, for example, allowing them to implement cloud-enabled workplaces more smoothly, in turn lowering costs, achieving better operational efficiencies and improving productivity.
By allowing customers to test and learn in a hybrid cloud environment, the Digital Transformation Foundry will pave the way for them to implement cloud-enabled workplace and digital services more smoothly to harness the benefits of better cost and operational efficiencies and improved productivity.
“Digitalisation lies at the heart of most companies’ transformation. Many companies share the need to migrate to and operate in the cloud, get their networks software-driven in order to create workplaces of the future,” said Singtel CEO for Group Enterprise Mr Bill Chang.
“The Foundry will empower customers to implement an integrated cloud solution with ease. We will help them design, secure and deploy cloud-enabled solutions, in short, customise the flexible infrastructure they need to accelerate digital transformation, adopt new and disruptive technologies, and boost competitiveness.”
According to VMware CEO Mr Pat Gelsinger, Singtel and VMware have worked very closely for many years to deliver great solutions to their mutual customers.
“I’m delighted to further expand this collaboration to deliver digital transformation solutions to customers throughout Asia-Pacific who are looking to improve their IT capabilities to meet the ever-growing demands of their businesses to be more agile, cost effective, secure and responsive to their customer needs. Together with Singtel we aim to meet the needs of CIOs through the Foundry’s new offerings.”
With similar foundries slated for Australia and Hong Kong, Singtel and VMware will initially focus on delivering a suite of 4 cloud services to enable customers to modernise their data centres, integrate public and private clouds, transform information security and create digital workspace of the future.
This suite of 4 cloud services include:
(1) A private cloud service where customers will attain the agility, scalability and efficiency similar to that of public clouds, but with the greater levels of control and security of a single tenant with a dedicated hosted environment either on the customers’ premises or in Singtel’s data centres
(2) A hybrid cloud service that will provide a more secure, inter-operable multi-cloud solution designed to facilitate seamless application mobility, disaster recovery and migration across multiple clouds
(3) A digital workplace service which combines devices, connectivity, data management and security to enable employees to work on any device, anywhere, anytime
(4) A multi-cloud managed security service which will secure customers’ applications across both private and public clouds
The signing of the MoU took place at the annual VMware CIO Forum in Singapore. The Forum was attended by more than 120 c-suite executives from Southeast Asia and Korea.