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M1 opens new data centre to target SMEs in Singapore

Nurdianah Md Nur | Nov. 3, 2014
The telco also partnered technology vendors to enhance its clouds offerings for SMEs in the republic.

Telco M1 aims to tap into the small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) market in Singapore by launching its new data centre at its existing office site at the International Business Park.

The purpose-built five-storey data centre will be able to support more than 900 high-power density racks, which is triple its previous capacity.

It will also provide SMEs access to features that were previously available only to large corporate users. The features include cold aisle containment, as well as temperature, humidity and power utilisation sensors on all server racks, according to M1's press statement.

In addition, the facility will offer M1's new 'virtual remote hand' service, which allows customers to manage and monitor their racks and servers on the move via a secured browser on a notebook or tablet.

"Today, SMEs have big challenges such as insufficient in-house manpower and IT resources," Willis Sim, director of product development and enterprise services at M1, told local news agency TODAY. "So, we are simplifying the entire process with self-service portals so that they can focus on growing their business," he added.

Enhanced enterprise cloud offerings
With the belief that cloud will be a staple technology for SMEs in the republic in future, M1 has partnered technology vendors to enhance its cloud offerings.

For instance, the telco has teamed up with Hitachi Data Systems to deliver a suite of secure cloud-based services (for infrastructure, computing, storage, and productivity) under a pay-per-use model. M1 has also collaborated with Alcatel-Lucent, Aruba, E-Cop, Ransnet and Samsung to provide new cloud-based apps including unified communications, managed wired and wireless network security, and digital signage applications.

"These services will enable SMEs to tap on the power of the cloud to scale their IT needs as their business grows, flexibly and quickly," said Sim.


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