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PLDT’s latest bundled service includes IBM’s full range of cloud solutions

The corporate customers of the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT) can now access the full range of IBM’s cloud solutions, which include Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Software as a Service (SaaS) offerings.

At a press conference to announce the partnership, PLDT says it has cohesively bundled IBM Cloud offerings with its other ICT services to cater to the unique requirements of every enterprise.

IBM solutions include bare metal servers, shared virtual servers, and dedicated virtual servers with the option to add extra storage, compute, network, security, platform management, and big data.

“PLDT is at the forefront in promoting and delivering the latest cloud technologies to our local enterprises allowing the country’s leading industries to benefit from the advantages of such solutions,” said PLDT Executive Vice President and ePLDT President and CEO Eric Alberto.

The cloud, through its various forms and permutations, enables organizations to rapidly and securely expand IT resource capacity as the need arises. Philippine businesses will also benefit from cost efficiencies delivered by the cloud’s on-demand and pay-as-you-go nature which eliminates the need for expensive up-front IT investment, and reduces the cost of maintenance and infrastructure refreshes.

“Businesses and entrepreneurs in the Philippines are realizing the advantages of adopting a flexible cloud environment,” said Luis Pineda, President and Country General Manager of IBM Philippines.

“Through our partnership with PLDT, we are bringing a full suite of cloud solutions to answer their most demanding needs while giving them the confidence to meet their scalability, performance, and security requirements.”

IBM total cloud revenue — covering public, private and hybrid engagements — was $7.7 billion over the previous 12 months at the end of March 2015; it grew more than 60 percent in first quarter 2015. IBM’s cloud delivered as a service business, a subset of the total, includes IaaS and ended the quarter with an annual run rate of $3.8 billion.

Sealing the partnership are (from left): Kat Luna-Abelarde, First Vice President and Head of PLDT SME Nation; Nerisse Ramos, COO, ePLDT; Eric Alberto, PLDT EVP and ePLDT President and CEO; Kellar Nevill, General Manager, IBM ASEAN; Luis Pineda, President and Country General Manager, IBM Philippines; Victor Silvino, Cloud  Strategy and Integration Executive, IBM Asia Pacific; and Steven Deskovic, Director of Sales & Distribution for Telecom and Media Industry, IBM Asia Pacific.

Sealing the partnership are (from left): Kat Luna-Abelarde, First Vice President and Head of PLDT SME Nation; Nerisse Ramos, COO, ePLDT; Eric Alberto, PLDT EVP and ePLDT President and CEO; Kellar Nevill, General Manager, IBM ASEAN; Luis Pineda, President and Country General Manager, IBM Philippines; Victor Silvino, Cloud Strategy and Integration Executive, IBM Asia Pacific; and Steven Deskovic, Director of Sales & Distribution for Telecom and Media Industry, IBM Asia Pacific.

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