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|Subject : PTCL and IBM to jointly launch Public Cloud Services in Pakistan
PTCL has agreed to launch Public Cloud Services in Pakistan with the collaboration IBM Italia S.p.A (Pakistan). The IBM turnkey solution will be hosted at PTCL’s state-of-the-art Data Centers in Lahore and Karachi for corporate customers. The landmark agreement was signed between two leading industry players in Islamabad and it was decided that PTCL, using the IBM cloud platform, will be offering cutting edge services such as Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) with Virtual Private Servers (VPS), Disaster Recovery Site (DRS), Backup and Storage as a Service along with Webhosting Solutions and Compute on Demand to customers in Pakistan.
The IBM cloud platform, equipped with the latest technologies, is an important step forward in developing a viable information technology infrastructure and a natural progression of PTCL’s successful data center business in Pakistan. On the occasion, Kamal Ahmed, Chief Digital and Corporate Services Officer PTCL, said: “The PTCL-IBM Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) agreement is an important step forward in our efforts to create greater value, not only for our customers but the entire enterprise segment.” Ghazanfar Ali, General Manager IBM Pakistan, who also graced the occasion said: “Cloud is changing the IT landscape across the world. This collaboration brings a reliable in country Public Cloud service built on the well-established capabilities of IBM and PTCL.”
A public cloud is one based on the standard cloud computing model, in which a service provider makes resources, such as applications and storage, available to the general public over the Internet. Although, this collaboration is not going to be first of its kind step into the cloud computing arena of Pakistan. Pakistan’s First OpenStack Cloud was deployed by Nayatel with PLUMgrid and Inbox. IBM has an active existence with vast cloud computing services in Pakistan while, PTCL is the largest internet provider which powers DSL connectivity to most of Pakistani homes and that is why this collaboration has been viewed as a very good notion for Pakistani technology scenario by critiques. Now enterprises can focus more on their core business as IBM and PTCL can take care of their infrastructure needs with world-class technology, connectivity and processes.