MANILA, Philippines — The way to go for companies set on leveraging on the cloud is virtualization as this is the very foundation for cloud computing, according to VMware, Inc., the global provider of virtualization technology and cloud infrastructure.
At a press conference held recently at the annual VMware Connect Technology Day 2012, VMware discussed updates and business trends that are influencing the way enterprises manage their IT infrastructure, and how companies in the Philippines can actually leverage virtualization to gain competitive advantage.
According to Jon Robertson, general manager for VMware in ASEAN, each organization’s IT and business requirements are different and there is really no one-cloud-fits-all approach.
“Virtualization is the technical foundation for cloud computing,” Robertson said. “This is why it is our mission to simplify and automate IT management in the cloud era to help enable customers to deliver IT as a Service, and this has seen us successfully expand our footprint across Southeast Asia.”
Meanwhile, Nicholas Tan, country manager for VMware in the Philippines, said that the company is seeing strong demand for virtualization in the Philippines, particularly in the BPO, healthcare, financial and government sectors industries.
“Most VMware customers start with a desire to increase server efficiency and reduce capital expenses by virtualizing low risk workloads,” explained Tan. “As more of their datacenters are virtualized, customers can realize more value by implementing management and policy-driven automation.”
As a point of reference, Tan cited The Philippine American Life and General Insurance Company (PhilamLife), one of the largest life insurance company in the Philippines, as one of the companies that have taken advantage of virtualization that has helped them gain a competitive advantage.
“We have seen tangible results in Philam Life from our VMware virtualization implementation,” shared Romy Cambaliza, chief information officer at Philam Life. “By virtualizing our datacentre infrastructure on VMware vSphere, Philam Life has been able to achieve a lower total cost of ownership by minimizing unnecessary IT infrastructure investments, and benefit from a more cost-effective, self-managed, dynamically optimized environment for the most efficient delivery of IT services. We were also more responsive to the needs of the business, with full control over the availability, reliability, scalability, and security over our IT infrastructure.”