“There is still a long road ahead for the Philippines to become fully cloud ready.”
This is according to Jason Lim, country manager of Vertiv Philippines.
In fact, “the Philippines is still behind other countries in the Asia Pacific region when it comes to cloud adoption. According to the 2018 Cloud Readiness Index by the Asia Cloud Computing Association, the Philippines ranked 9th out of 14 countries.”
Fortunately, Lim said, “improvements are being made across the industry… thanks to government support and its adoption of a ‘cloud first’ policy.”
When it comes to the challenges faced by the country (that affect its cloud-readiness), the “three concerns that our customers face when it comes to cloud adoption are: security, infrastructure readiness and resources.”
According to Lim, concerns about cybersecurity remain at the forefront when it comes to cloud adoption here, with these threats ranging from DDoS attacks, outages or even hackers.
“Infrastructure readiness is tied closely to the issue of cybersecurity. When a data center is secure, threats of cyber-attacks are kept at bay with the right solutions in place,” he said.
In the case of Vertiv Philippines, to deal with these concerns, “we have a full range of solutions to support cloud computing providers and adopters in the country. When it comes to cybersecurity, our full range of IT management and monitoring solutions from our Avocent brand protect IT assets from downtime and other threats to make sure your operations run smoothly and safely. In addition, we have our portfolio of data center solutions, such as robust and flexible uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems, thermal management solutions and racks that have been tried and tested for decades.
“Our micro data center solutions are also ideal for edge computing applications, such as network closets. Ranging from rack to row-based deployments, the micro data center solutions are flexible and resilient to adapt to today’s demanding business environment.
“Vertiv also prides itself to have a global service footprint, where we provide complete life-cycle approach, from project launch to ongoing maintenance and performance optimization.”
Lim added that “at Vertiv, we have a full breadth of solutions that support cloud providers in the country and across the globe. What sets us apart from our competitors is the breadth and depth of our understanding not only of modern data centers, but also of communication networks and industrial facilities. We leverage greatly on our legacy as Emerson Network Power by providing intelligent, integrated solutions that range from power, thermal management, infrastructure management and monitoring, as well as global services to ensure our customers’ business challenges are addressed. We help make sure that today’s network infrastructure investments support tomorrow’s technology by coupling our flexible solutions with expert insights on where the industry is headed.”
In the end, “concerns regarding security, infrastructure readiness and resources are causing many companies to be hesitant to shift to a cloud-first policy. In addition, bandwidth concerns, such as slow internet speeds, remain a concern. Many companies here, however, are slowly but surely transitioning to a cloud-based approach, but there is still much to be done.”