Photo - (From left) Vincent Ler, Cloud Ecosystem, Cities, Business Development, Asean, IBM; Cheng Ping Onn, Founder & CTO, Neruti Technology Sdn Bhd; Balwinder Gill, Software Cloud Leader, IBM Malaysia; and Yusno Yunos, Founder & CEO, Y Us Sdn Bhd.
Enterprise platform for cloud company IBM is offering up to US$120,000 worth of credits to qualifying Cloud startups in Malaysia under the IBM Global Entrepreneur Programme (GEP).
"The cloud market in Malaysia remains untapped with a good growth potential," said Balwinder Gill, IBM Malaysia Software Cloud leader. "Through IBM GEP, we plan to expand our presence among local cloud startups and help them grow as vital players in the industry, which ultimately secures the future of IBM's business in Malaysia as well."
Gill said GEP used the power of IBM Cloud to connect its participants to a global network of enterprise clients, consultants, and innovation centres to help generate faster growth.
"IBM is one of the leading players in cloud computing, and our long term vision is to create a strong cloud ecosystem by connecting local players with the big players to further develop Malaysia's cloud entrepreneurs," he said, adding that Cloud Startups will have access to entire IBM Cloud portfolio built on cloud infrastructure from SoftLayer, an IBM company.
Gill said the portfolio included Bluemix, IBM's cloud platform for app development with more than 75 runtimes and services, all of which will help startups to capture and leverage rising volumes of Big Data from growing mobile and social networks, IoT devices and more.
Bluemix has a broad range of services to develop innovative apps for the cloud, including:
- Integration with Twitter to capture global social data insights with analytics;
- Aspera's high-speed data transfer tools;
- App health and performance monitoring services; and,
- Cloudant's flexible, high-performing Database-as-a-Service.
He said these startups will also be able to "connect with IBM's enterprise clients, and gain access to an extensive network of local technical expertise, as well as receive support from IBM Global Entrepreneur, all under IBM's Cloud Ecosystem of four million developers and 143,000 companies."
The IBM GEP has two programme offerings, which are the "Value Program and Volume Program. The Value Program will grant Cloud Startups US$10,000 per month of services on IBM Softlayer or IBM Bluemix, or both services. The Volume Program totals up to US$12,000 a year, where an amount of US$1,000 per month of services will be offered."
To qualify, applying startups need to be less than five years old based on the company registration date, with a revenue per annum not more than US$1 million. Those who applying for the Value Program, will need to meet an additional criteria of being a part of an accelerator community under IBM's list.
Yusno Yunos, founder and chief executive office of startup Y US, said, "We were able to leverage IBM Softlayer as the infrastructure to host our solution rapidly. The accessibility of the cloud infrastructure that integrates and automates all services has been invaluable to our expansion as we scale our business towards other markets in the region such as Singapore and Hong Kong."
Meanwhile, Cheng Ping Onn, founder and chief executive officer of Neruti Technology, said, "The IBM Bluemix platform empowers us to develop and deliver our products rapidly. We leverage IBM Bluemix with IBM Developer Operation in every phase from development to production, ranging from staging, test, build, version control and deployment. IBM Bluemix has been an essential part in our business."
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