social trends

Hootsuite has revealed the social media trends for 2018 in a new report. Source:

M1, VMware launch cloud offering for Singaporean start-ups

SINGAPOREAN communications company M1 Limited and global leader in cloud infrastructure, VMware Inc announced this week a new cloud offering designed to empower digital startups in Singapore.

This service will allow startups and SMEs to rapidly develop software-based products and expand their businesses without a budget-breaking infrastructure expenditure.

M1 is enhancing its next-generation software-defined data centre (SDDC) portfolio, powered by the VMware cloud provider program, with container support through Pivotal Container Service (PKS).

The partnership’s new cloud offering gives users access to production-grade kubernetes and natively-supported toolkits. These features offer a faster deployment of containerized workloads across private and public clouds, enabling digital startups and SMEs to innovate faster whilst also saving money in on-premises infrastructure.

“We are inspired by the entrepreneurial spirit of made-in-Singapore digital startups. We want to help advance their growth ambitions by offering them access to enterprise-grade, best-in-class tools that they may not have the resources to procure independently,” said M1 chief innovation officer Alex Tan.

SDDC offers an integrated suite of on-demand computing, storage, networking and security services.

“In addition, this will be supplemented by native container support and cloud interoperability, allowing businesses to innovate the best-in-class customer experiences and challenge the status quo,” Tan added.

These cost-efficient cloud offerings will give Singapore’s digital startups a significant advantage in an industry full of competition and international giants.

SMEs and startups from varying industries such as retail, fintech and hospitality can scale their infrastructure on-demand and leverage enterprise tools and services in an efficient manner.

Adopting cloud services is said to be crucial in this digital age, helping businesses to accelerate in their digital transformation journey and stay ahead of the game.

“Cloud lies at the heart of all business transformation, regardless of company size or sector. Start-ups need a reliable cloud infrastructure to compete and offer a differentiated customer experience.

“As a proud partner of M1’s next generation SDDC, we are confident that this complete network and security virtualization platform will be a vital infrastructure supporting the business goals of M1’s start-up customers,” said VMware president for Southeast Asia and Korea Ron Goh.