Photo - Datuk Badlisham Ghazali, CEO of MDeC delivering the opening address at the MSC Malaysia Cloud Conference 2013.
During the recent MSC Malaysia Cloud Computing conference, national ICT agency Multimedia Development Corporation [MDeC] said Malaysian businesses are increasing cloud adoption but must speed up to catch up with other countries in the region such as Singapore and South Korea.
MDeC chief executive officer Datuk Badlisham Ghazali said cloud adoption by local businesses is in line with the nation's efforts to become a world-class ICT hub.
"While cloud adoption by Malaysian businesses is on the upward trend, countries such as Singapore and South Korea are still ahead of us," said Badlisham. "Thus, it is important for us to step up our efforts."
"This is the fundamental goal of the MSC [Multimedia Supercorridor] Malaysia Cloud Conference," he said. "MSC Malaysia and our key partners are deeply committed to providing an avenue for both enterprises and local small and medium enterprises [SMEs] to seek the right type of cloud services that are suited to their needs. By getting more Malaysian businesses to turn to the cloud for their needs, we are one step closer to becoming a developed economy to be reckoned with."
Badlisham said that according to Gartner, while the focus initially was on the implementation of software-as-a-service (SaaS), future rollouts will include infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) and platform-as-a-service (PaaS).
He cited EMC's 'Transforming IT Study,' which showed that 30 percent of Malaysians are private cloud adopters and 12 percent have adopted hybrid cloud services while also strongly leading by 25 percent in adopting a public cloud service.
"This bodes well for Malaysian businesses as these services have long been driven through MDeC's Cloud Computing Enablement Initiative which was introduced in 2011," said Badlisham.
MSC Malaysia cloud initiative
He said the MSC Malaysia's Cloud Computing Enablement Initiative (MMCCI), started in 2011, was to help promote MSC Malaysia software and services both locally and abroad, as well as equip companies, especially SMEs, with the cloud capabilities to speed up the nation's development into a fully innovative digital economy.
Badlisham said that the initiative, which has so far helped the creation of more than 100 Independent Software Vendors (ISV) and more than 20 types of cloud by local IT players, comprises two programmes:
- The ISV Cloud Computing Programme, MDeC works with six appointed technology partners to offer customised packages of cloud hosting subscription, training and go-to-market incentives worth RM30,000 (US$9,387) or more.
- The SME Cloud Computing Adoption Programme, on the other hand, is designed to provide SMEs with a rapid entry into cloud computing Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solutions, which will enhance the responsiveness and progressiveness of SMEs in an increasingly globalised marketplace.
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