IBM Launches Philippines ASP Programs

IBM Philippines introduced three application service provider (ASP) enabler programs last month, all aimed at local dot-coms, would-be ASPs such as telecommunications carriers and Internet service providers, as well as software developers.

"ASPs are emerging as the IT data centers of the future for small and medium-sized businesses. They are also expected to complement the internal data centers of large corporations," noted Ramon Y. Dimacali, chairman and chief executive officer of IBM Philippines.

In line with these new services, the company has also allied with the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT) through the newly formed holding company, ePLDT, to form a collocation partnership.

Dimacali said the two companies are scheduled to sign a memorandum of agreement to work together by the end of the month.

"We wish to collocate with them through their Internet Data Center. However, we are still in the process of working out the components of the partnership, such as the speed and the amount of bandwidth to be shared, pricing scheme and other details," Dimacali added.

The three major ASP enabler programs will be made available to local service and applications providers, said Emmanuel M. Mendoza, division manager of IBM Global Professional Services.

"These new services will enable small and medium-scale enterprises (SMEs) in the Philippines to be as well-equipped for e-business as the big companies," noted Mendoza.

Premium eHosting is an "ASP-in-a-box" solution to jump-start the operations of IBM reseller partners that want to become ASPs. It allows these companies to use IBM's server hardware and systems software platforms as well as access applications of independent software vendors (ISVs) such as Citrix Systems Inc., Great Plains Software Inc., iemagine and J.D. Edwards & Co., which are all IBM partners.

Meanwhile, the Hosting Advantage offers existing ASPs a reliable and secure Internet hosting service through the IBM's Service Provider Centers. These centers also provide technical, consulting and operational services to assist ASPs in building their own hosting platforms.

The Service Provider Ready program helps developers enable their applications for server-based Web hosting through education, application evaluation, testing, technical support and consulting services. Developers will also get hands-on assistance at either of the two IBM Service Provider Ready Centers in the region located in Tokyo, Japan and Sydney, Australia.

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