Developing a conducive Cloud ecosystem for Malaysia

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Shinjiru, a leading local server and web hosting provider, is well positioned to help Malaysian Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) adopt and develop cloud services, and support the development of a conducive Cloud ecosystem in the country.

Its experience in providing virtual servers and expertise in Microsoft Cloud OS infrastructure, has enabled the 17-year old company to be part of an initiative undertaken by Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) to drive the awareness of Cloud computing ecosystem with the implementation of software as a service (SaaS), infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and platform as a service.(PaaS).

Shinjiru provides dedicated servers and web application hosting solutions to more than 100,000 corporations around the world. Shinjiru owns, operates and maintains its network inclusive of IP range, bandwidth, servers and other critical network equipments.

Shinjiru Jeffrey Khow

Shinjiru Jeffrey KhowJeffrey Khow (pic), Shinjiru’s Managing Director, says as MDeC’s Cloud Technology Partner under the MSC Malaysia Cloud Initiative, the company has been actively involved in signing up and helping several local ISVs with MSC status in their adoption of the SaaS model.

He says having access to a secure enterprise Cloud and SaaS capabilities will be the way for ISVs to move forward and grow their businesses.

“Making applications available as a hosted solution will do away with the need to purchase costly infrastructure. It also helps companies overcome the scalability and flexibility challenges.

“This realisation is seeing to the increased number of hosted or managed appliance solution in the market.

“The only way local ISVs can compete now is to turn their on-premises applications to Cloud-based services.”

The MSC Malaysia Cloud Initiative, explains Khow, allows ISVs to select their Preferred Cloud Technology Partner to accelerate their SaaS offering with infrastructure and platform support, go-to-market assistance, comprehensive training, and hands-on assistance.

To support the transitioning to SaaS model, Shinjiru together with MDeC provides funds up to RM30,000 to adopt a platform and subscribe to services and incentives of RM750 to every SME that subscribes to the SaaS offering. Go-to-market assistance is provided via MDeC’s Cloud Brokerage platform.

“Shinjiru has been one of the most active partners in this programme. We have signed up 25 ISVs under our wing, with an average of five per week.

“Apart from providing our Cloud infrastructure, we are committed to also offer assistance on Cloud adoption and on-boarding process to ISVs.”

Khow, who is also the co-founder of Shinjiru, says the company’s foray into the Cloud service space was primarily strengthened with its partnership with Microsoft. It also opened doors for the company to further penetrate the local market especially the public sector.

By joining the Microsoft Cloud OS Network and using Microsoft’s Azure Cloud platform, Shinjiru became the first service provider in Malaysia to deliver hybrid cloud and Azure-enabled solutions.

“By leveraging on Microsoft’s Cloud platform and go-to-market support, Shinjiru, has been able to position itself and grow steadily as a Cloud service provider.

“Microsoft provides technical validation and puts in place best-practice solutions for hybrid cloud deployments as well as connections to Microsoft Azure global cloud. With this assistance, we are able to provide a powerful and highly reliable hybrid cloud solution to our customers.

“The partnership has greatly boosted our presence in the public sector space. Today, our clients among others include Bank Negara, Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD), Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT) and Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE).”

* Shinjiru, Khow highlights, is on an expansion drive, setting its targets to double earnings from RM10 million in 2012 to RM20 million by next year. In 2010, the company was recognised by Deloitte as one of the fastest growing Asia Pacific companies.

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