KUALA LUMPUR, 6 MAY 2010 -- Chinese security and storage solutions firm Huawei Symantec Technologies (Huawei Symantec) has launched new solutions, Oceanspace and Secospace, through its distributor ACA Pacific Technology Malaysia.
"First unveiled in Beijing earlier this year, Oceanspace and Secospace will be offered to the local market via our appointed distributor ACA Pacific," said Huawei Symantec (Malaysia) channels sales director, Ngo Hea Chee.
"Both these new solutions are evolutionary technologies developed by Huawei Symantec, riding on its expertise in the two closely related IT areas of storage and security," said Ngo, adding that storage and security share certain commonalities that help companies achieve better data management.
The latest offerings exhibit how Huawei Symantec understands the mutual and integral dependency between storage and security," he said. "The products were designed with this understanding and expertise, to help businesses reduce operational overheads in managing their investments in the important IT areas of storage and security.
Huawei Symantec Technologies (Huawei Symantec) is a network security and storage provider with more than 3,000 employees. As well as making an application of more than 300 patents, Huawei Symantec also participates in international and national standards associations. The company's products are used by more than 100 operators in more than 40 countries.
Formed in 1988, ACA Pacific Technology (M) is an IT marketing and value-added distribution company serving the Asia-Pacific region with offices in Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Australia.
Realising business value
"The Oceanspace range of storage products for the Malaysia market were specifically designed to overcome the long-time bottleneck issues faced by small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in their storage space and architecture where databases, e-mails, files and ERP [enterprise resource planning] applications are demanding more and more space," said Ngo. "Oceanspace encapsulates a converged storage strategy that mitigates complicated IT maintenance and energy-consumption issues, and keeps cost low by combining capacity and security into a single overhead."
"Meanwhile, Secospace is a new-generation hardware firewall range that works seamlessly with enterprise storage system to protect data during the peaks of network traffic, driven by both traditional applications [data transmission, VoIP and virtual private networks] and Internet-based services [such as net surfing, online games, video calling and social networking]," he said.
"The underlying theme behind Secospace is it enables companies to Realise Business Value' by treating security as a holistic and proactive factor to help customers achieve their business value," added Ngo.
ACA Pacific business manager Vincent Choy said the company has already started carrying the Oceanspace and Secospace range of solutions for the local market. For Malaysia, the product range carried by ACA Pacific for both of Huawei Symantec's latest storage and security lines cater to business requirements from low- to high-end specifications; for SMEs in the manufacturing sector, right up to large storage-security projects in the public sector.
Since the appointment [as distributor] in June 2009, we have identified and trained five channel partners who share the same goals as Huawei Symantec and have the ability to provide customers with first-class service and support. We are working very closely with them to drive Huawei Symantec business through direct customer engagements and demand generation activities, said Choy.
We are pleased that they have come out with Oceanspace and Secospace as this is precisely the time that the converged storage and security trend is hitting our shores, driving local businesses to look at more innovative ways to manage their data in a more secured manner, and in more cost efficient ways for higher returns on investments, he said.
Cloud and virtualisation as drivers
Analyst firm IDC senior analyst and consultant, ASEAN, Sudev Bangah, said the trend for converged storage and security would be further driven by the cloud computing and virtualisation approach.
Cloud computing in an enterprise setting promises flexibility, cost optimisation and faster turnaround. Worldwide IT spending on cloud services is set to reach US$42 billion by 2012 as this virtualisation technology offers a much cheaper way for businesses to buy and use IT, and store data, said Bangah.
Virtualisation has been a focus in the ASEAN region; however, its adoption rate has still been lower than more developed economies. But with key verticals such as the public sector, financial and manufacturing industries increasing their interest in storage via the cloud, the key question on the security of sensitive data comes into question, he said.
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