A brand new cloud storage service focusing on the small to medium-sized enterprise market has recently been launched, with the intention of enabling these SMEs to compete with larger businesses.
Known as IPC Cloud, the cloud storage service was revealed in the midst of a formal signing of the partnership between IP-Converge (a subsidiary of ePLDT) Data Servers Inc. and cloud storage provider Symantec.
President of IP-Converge, Rene Huegas, commented that IPC Cloud is a first for the country, the only cloud storage-based enterprise service which is powered by Symantec NetBackup.
The latest product allows companies to secure and replicate important and sensitive files automatically without the need for mammoth capital expenses toward servers, software licenses, and storage devices.
‘Gone are the days where big beats small,’ he stated, explaining the competition between enterprise and SME. ‘Today, it’s the fast that beats the slow. What matters now is your speed in the market.
Senior Country Manager of Symantec Philippines, Luichi Robles, said the service will also allow SMEs to add a business continuity plan in the unfortunate event of a data disaster.
‘The ability to quickly recover from a disaster is vital for today’s businesses,’ he continued. ‘A solid disaster preparedness and business continuity plan combined with technologies such as cloud storage, allow companies to better prepare and quickly recover from potential disasters.’
He also mentioned that IPC Cloud can perform backups on a regular basis, all for a monthly fee which is based on the actual amount of data stored within the business’ cloud storage account.
According to Symantec’s SMB Disaster preparedness Survey from last year, thirty four percent of SMBs globally are adopting public cloud and server virtualization to optimize data disaster preparedness.
Robles explained that the Philippines comes in third place for being the country most vulnerable to natural disasters, as stated in the World Risk Report which was published by German-based Alliance Development Works in October 2012.