DataOne and Cisco Enhance CloudSecure

DataOne and Cisco Enhance CloudSecure 
MANILA, PHILIPPINES -- (Marketwire) -- 12/18/12 --  In today's highly
connected world, with growing competition and increasingly
challenging markets, a robust information and communications
technology (ICT) system is integral to a company's success. These
factors are forcing many businesses to consider embracing cloud
computing, especially small and medium-sized firms. Validating the
increasing popularity of subscription-based cloud services, DataOne
today announced a collaboration with Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) to update
their infrastructure and further enhanced 'CloudSecure', a portfolio
of services including software-as-a-service (SaaS),
platform-as-a-service (PaaS), infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) and
voice services over the cloud.  
As the leading independent provider of managed technology services in
the Philippines, DataOne Asia (Philippines) Inc. is at the forefront
of this phenomenon. Offering ICT as a subscription-based cloud
service, DataOne allows clients to reap the fundamental benefit of
cloud computing -- increased efficiency by concentrating fully on
core competencies and devoting resources back to business critical
"For many small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), it's no longer
practical to own and maintain an in-house ICT system," explains Alex
Fernando, chief technology officer, DataOne Asia (Philippines) Inc.
"Switching to the cloud will allow them to focus more on running an
effective business while providing access to powerful computing
resources and top-of-the-line technical support." 
Lean machines: Companies on the Cloud
 According to Fernando, moving
towards subscription-based ICT services allows companies to realize
considerable savings, a major consideration especially for SMBs. For
instance, it reduces capital expenditures (capex) by eliminating the
need to buy hardware, such as servers and network equipment, as well
as software and applications. Moreover, operational expenditures
(opex), such as electricity and maintenance, also decrease since
services are on a pay-per-use basis.  
"Through this type of arrangement, it's possible to drive down ICT
costs by half -- perhaps even more -- as what they'll be paying for
is a service," Fernando said. "It's also convenient for companies 
since they no longer have to replace equipment and update licenses." 
Scalability is another key advantage presented by ICT outsourcing.
This allows SMBs to quickly and easily respond to growth; by simply
updating their subscription package, they can access additional
features or resources, such as larger data storage space. With this
flexibility, companies eschew the difficulties associated with the
traditional IT procurement process, such as high costs, bureaucracy
and protracted acquisition periods.  
Shifting to cloud-based ICT services also helps companies lower their
IT staffing costs as DataOne's clients and their needs are catered to
by a 24/7 support service. This helps cut down response time to
issues, especially during critical periods outside normal operation
hours, and provides companies with the assurance that their
subscriptions are being managed round the clock.  
A Cisco Validated Design
 "Cisco systems and solutions incorporate a
wide range of technologies and products into a portfolio of solutions
that are developed to address the specific business needs of our
customers," said Stephen Misa, country general manager for Cisco in
Philippines. "The data center of DataOne is a Cisco(R) Validated
Design, meaning the solutions they are using are designed, tested and
documented by Cisco specifically for DataOne to facilitate and
improve their operations." 
DataOne consulted Cisco during the planning, design and architecture
phase, adopting several Cisco technologies and solutions for the data
center to meet the growing demands of the market, including concerns
about security. DataOne decided to use the Cisco Unified Computing
System(TM) for their compute virtualization infrastructure together
with the Cisco Nexus(R) Unified Fabric switching platform. The Cisco
Nexus switches provided the modularity needed for the data center
environment, effectively allowing for infrastructure scalability,
operational continuity and flexibility. The Cisco Unified Computing
System essentially unifies network, compute, storage access, and
virtualization into a single cohesive system. DataOne also
incorporated Cisco's Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) to boost its
security features. 
"Organizations looking to adopt cloud services always place security
as a top concern," explains Fernando. "Using Cisco's security
solutions has allowed us, in turn, to offer our clients a stronger
layer of protection." 
Apart from this, he says many clients have also responded positively
to the fact that Cisco provides the backbone for many of DataOne's
offerings. This fact helps add credibility to DataOne's services and
elicits confidence from customers and potential clients, many of whom
are conscious of Cisco's reputation for quality and reliability.  
While most of DataOne's current clients are enterprise customers, he
expects to attract more SMB clients with his new infrastructure and
suite of services enabled by Cisco technology. In fact, Fernando
reveals that they are currently working with key partners to gain
more visibility in this space, proving that the cloud represents the
next big ICT shift for many SMBs. 
"Although cloud is still in the infancy stage of acceptance here in
the country, we've had significant inquiries from SMBs," Fernando
said. "They are testing it, trying it and seeing its benefits for
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