ZONE Telecom - an info-communications service provider -- has partnered cloud service provider giants AliCloud and Microsoft to expand its suite of cloud solutions to cater to Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Singapore, as well as to reach out to larger international markets.
According to research firm IDC, the cloud computing market in Singapore is expected to grow to about US$1 billion by 2017. SMEs in the republic are among the fastest adopters of cloud services as such services allow them to deploy and reap the benefits of enterprise-grade IT capabilities at affordable costs.
By offering complete end-to-end solutions, ZONE aims to be the go-to service provider for SMEs planning to adopt cloud-based services. ZONE will offer direct access to the suite of cloud services provided by AliCloud for compute resources, and Microsoft for a range of business productivity applications like Microsoft Office.
"The partnership with AliCloud and Microsoft complements our existing cloud capabilities and allows us to better service our SME clients. We can now offer them a full spectrum of cloud services from compute resources to essentially business productivity application," said Peter Ong, Managing Director of ZONE Telecom.
The collaboration will also expand ZONE's reach beyond the Singapore market. ZONE's clients will have secure and dedicated access to AliCloud's services, and ZONE's Cloud Biz and Cloud Mail will be available to Alibaba.com's members.
"Our partnership with AliCloud allows us to expand our footprint regionally and internationally to serve our customers in their IT needs when they expand into the region. This is most timely as the Singapore government had announced in the Budget generous support to help our SMEs venture overseas and adopt technologies," said Ong.
To achieve its goal of becoming a global cloud business provider, ZONE also plans to venture into the Thailand market by the third quarter of 2016.
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