VMware Accelerates Enterprise Transformation in Southeast Asia
During the company’s annual vFORUM event, VMware Inc. (NYSE: VMW), a global leader in cloud infrastructure and business mobility, laid out its vision today for enterprise transformation in an increasingly app-driven and multi-cloud world. With more business and IT leaders recognizing digital transformation’s positive impact, VMware demonstrated how enterprises can achieve business outcomes with a portfolio of solutions that help modernize data centers, integrate public clouds and empower digital workspaces.
Businesses in Southeast Asia are ramping up on their digital transformation strategies, as IT plays an increasingly important role in creating differentiated customer experiences and driving business outcomes. In a recent Gartner survey of CIOs, companies in the region are spending slightly more than a quarter of their IT budgets on digitization, and this is set to increase by more than 10 percent in 2018.
“Digital transformation yields tangible results for businesses, and it is heartening to see more organizations leveraging technology to extend the limits of what’s possible. VMware is committed to equipping organizations with the digital tools to run, manage, connect and secure any application on any cloud to any device, enabling them to make the most of the opportunities before them,” said Ron Goh, president, Southeast Asia and Korea, VMware.
Cloud as an Enabler of True Digital Transformation
Cloud is the heart of true digital transformation. With more than 60 percent of companies in the region planning to adopt both on-premises and cloud-based models, a multi-cloud environment is increasingly the critical enabler for business success.
V3 Smart Technologies’ (V3) successful cloud journey exemplifies this reality. V3 is a leading provider of smart mobility and automation solutions for over 600 customers and 10,000 vehicles in Singapore, and needed an IT infrastructure to scale IT resources rapidly based on customer demand. After transitioning to an Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) model, enabled by Singtel and VMware, V3 reduced operational overheads and infrastructure costs by half, and can now roll out new applications and services to customers within days instead of months, sharpening its competitive edge.
To continue pushing the boundaries in delivering best-in-class cloud services, VMware unveiled a new set of products and services at VMworld U.S. earlier this year. The priority was to make cloud easy by partnering with public cloud providers, including Amazon Web Services (AWS), IBM Cloud and more than 4,300 cloud service providers globally, to provide a consistent infrastructure across all clouds, even those not based on VMware technologies.
The expanded VMware Cloud Provider™ Program and new VMware Cloud™ Services enable organizations to manage, secure, monitor and automate cloud infrastructure and applications by providing a unified approach for end-to-end visibility into cloud usage, costs, and network traffic.
A People-First Approach to Mobility
The nature of work is changing. With work no longer tethered to static workplaces, a people-first, mobile approach is becoming essential. Instead of silo-ed application and device management strategies with multiple end-points across different locations, hardware and software, these future digital workspace platforms deliver a simple and secure experience for both end-users and IT teams.
For a leading global financial institution, this new work paradigm resulted in the need to equip its 200,000 employees with a seamless and easy-to-use platform, allowing them to deliver quality customer service. In partnership with Dell EMC, VMware worked closely with the organization to tailor a suite of software-defined workspace solutions, VMware Horizon® Enterprise Edition. This created an IT architecture that made it easier for employees to get work done in real-time from any device or location by simplifying access and app management, while keeping all information secured.
“Standard web and office productivity apps are driving more immersive experiences, and consuming greater endpoint resources than ever before. In close collaboration with VMware, we look to empower the bank’s employees with solutions ideal for VDI environments,” said Eric Goh, managing director and vice president, Singapore Enterprise Business, Dell EMC. “The Dell EMC VDI solution, powered by VMware Horizon software and built on Dell EMC infrastructure and software-defined storage, enables employees to self-manage the apps they need at any given time, reducing complexity, safeguarding corporate data and streamlining IT management and delivery. By virtualizing its business-critical apps, the bank is able to ensure that its workforce can remain productive while drastically reducing the organization’s exposure to data being compromised at endpoints.”
To further empower the digital workspaces of the future, VMware is expanding its VMware Workspace ONE™ solution to deliver the broadest platform and endpoint support for end-users and IT teams. The enhanced Workspace ONE™ solution will extend a native client experience to iOS, Android, macOS, Windows 10 and Chromebooks so that end-users can access everything they need for work from a single unified digital workspace. To reduce complexity for IT teams, Workspace ONE will also unify context, identity and device management into a single streamlined management console.
Future-Grade Data Centers
Redefining customer experiences, improving employee engagement and increasing operational efficiency are only possible if a future-ready IT infrastructure is in place. A modernized data center is key to increasing the performance and efficiency of IT resources and strengthening the availability and security of critical applications.
For local telecommunications provider, M1, the company’s Software-Defined Networking Data Centre (SDNDC) powered by the VMware Cloud Provider™ program, has demonstrated significant customer momentum, according to M1, in empowering organizations to drive innovation and business growth. One of the SDNDC’s customers, Teralytics, depends on the facility to process and crunch massive volumes of data quickly. Equipped with the ability to deliver billions of signals from multiple sources rapidly, the data analytics company can create timely and actionable insights for its end-customers, including city planners, transportation operators, car manufacturers and ride-sharing companies.
Extending its leadership position in virtualization, VMware announced new releases of Integrated OpenStack and VMware vRealize® Network Insight™ earlier this year. These releases are aimed at helping customers modernize their data centers to increase business and developer agility, while introducing increased networking and security capabilities. Additionally, VMware is unveiling a new VMware vSAN offering to reduce the cost and complexity of collecting, storing and processing data to support Internet of Things (IoT) initiatives, especially in defense, oil and gas, manufacturing and retail.
The New Digital Paradigm
Technology is no longer only about optimizing costs of ownership and operations, but also about driving business innovation and growth. Cloud, whether private, public or hybrid has become ubiquitous over the last few years and companies are leveraging cloud to improve business speed and flexibility in some way, shape or form. Managing users, resources and applications across multiple clouds, however, raises a new set of challenges including governance and control, workload provisioning and placement, capacity management, portability and the need to monitor performance, and cost transparency across clouds.
“In this new digital paradigm, we empower our customers to succeed with solutions that are tailored to specific business and industry needs. VMware’s vision for cloud is what organizations really need from a unified, multi-cloud environment: the ability to securely and efficiently work across any cloud with flexibility and choice. With our portfolio of cloud and infrastructure solutions, we are ready to continue supporting our customers in Southeast Asia to drive digital transformation and realize the region’s digital future,” added Goh