M'sian cloud provider targets regional markets

Anise Asia Cloud ties up with U.S. vendor to offer public cloud services to organizations in Malaysia and other Southeast Asian markets and be conduit to network of global providers.

KUALA LUMPUR--U.S.-based cloud computing vendor Joyent has partnered local IT player Anise Asia Cloud to offer public cloud services to enterprises in Southeast Asia, beginning with the latter's base here in Malaysia.

Suhaimee Abu Hassan, president of Anise Asia Cloud, said the company is in the process of signing up customers, and will soon avail its public cloud services in Malaysia.

The offerings include software-as-a-service, infrastructure-as-a-service and platform-as-a-service.

"We have almost concluded our agreement with a company in the retail sector for public cloud services," he told ZDNet Asia at a media briefing Wednesday. "Apart from this, we are also working on helping a public sector agency to build a private cloud infrastructure."

Suhaimee revealed that Anise Asia Cloud's infrastructure, dubbed the Star Anise Cloud, will soon be linked to form a global platform known as the Global Compute Network (GCN). Deployed by Joyent, the GCN will enable different kinds of business transactions on a global scale and will establish its own ecosystem acting as an engine for international trade, he added.

According to David Young, CEO and founder of Joyent, the GCN will allow Star Annise Cloud to connect with cloud providers in other parts of the world.

Young likened the GCN to an ATM network with links to other banks internationally via the Cirrus network. "When a Malaysian customer of a local bank goes to another country and withdraws money, the Malaysian bank still gets a fee.

"In the same way, the GCN allows Anise Asia Cloud as a company to still make money even if a customer wants to use another cloud service provider in a different region," he explained.

The GCN, however, will only come online "later in the year", Young noted, adding that it has the potential to help Malaysian software publishers go global because of its international reach.

Suhaimee added that Anise Asia Cloud has plans to expand the Star Anise offering to other countries in Southeast Asia, such as Singapore, Indonesia and Thailand, but did not indicate when it would do so. It will also resell Joyent's SmartDataCentre cloud software for private clouds to clients throughout the region.

Mukhriz Mahathir, deputy minister of international trade and industry, noted that the creation of the Star Anise Cloud comes at a crucial stage for Malaysia, as the world is looking at borderless trade liberalization.

"This cloud is an engine of trade, where any country can reach beyond its market," he said at the event. "The GCN can strengthen bilateral and regional trade relations and cooperation and benefit Malaysia in future."

Edwin Yapp is a freelance IT writer based in Malaysia.