News – By administrator on Tuesday, August 23, 2011 – 10:05

KUALA LUMPUR: Maxis Bhd aims to work closely with the Multimedia Development Corp (MDeC) to establish joint programmes to promote adoption of cloud computing services for independent software vendors.

Maxis senior vice-president of business services, Fitri Abdullah said the collaboration will accelerate the adoption of cloud technology by software vendors and businesses. It will also pave the way for an array of enterprise-grade cloud solutions to become available to Malaysian businesses.

“This will undoubtedly make them more agile, cost-efficient and globally competitive, and enable them to provide better products and services to Malaysian consumers,” Fitri told reporters after the launch of Maxis Cloud Computing Services here yesterday.

Maxis offers businesses a unique cloud ecosystem as a managed service, featuring a self-service portal which counts among its features a simple interface, provision of real-time statistics, a single repository of billing information and simplified remote management in addition to a secure connection.

Fitri said Maxis Cloud was designed to enable businesses with better information technology solutions and offer tools for skilled software developers to further grow cloud solutions for a more mature market.

“Cloud services make it possible for businesses to focus on meeting their customers’ growing needs and on developing their core products to a higher level of competitiveness and value,” he said.

The telecommunications company spent RM7 million on Maxis Cloud and hopes to recoup the investment in two years.

Meanwhile, MDeC chief executive officer Datuk Badlisham Ghazali said the economic benefits for SMEs (small- and medium-sized enterprises) and businesses were compelling when moving some or all the information technology to the cloud.

“Local companies now have the opportunity to buy server and application resources in the required capacity through easy-to-use and highly scalable architecture,” he said.

Badlisham said MDeC is working with industry players to draft out a comprehensive plan for cloud offering here.

He said the long-term plan was for cloud computing to be a significant contributor to the national economy.

According to International Data Corp, cloud services market for the Asia Pacific region are expected to reach US$4.9 billion (RM14.7 billion).

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