Globe Business hosted Globe DEVATHON for apps developers and entrepreneurs be recognized through applications built during the 18 hour developer’s marathon, thus the Globe Business DEVATHON came about.
According to Mr. Boboy Romero, Head of Globe Business, who supervised the Globe DEVATHON last February 22-23, it’s their way to help SMEs and developers create and launch apps customized for business requirements. This would be the first for Globe Business to host this event and some 120 participants joined and got the chance to win cool prizes, aside from the Php 100,000 cash for the best and creative apps created during the DEVATHON.
“Applications should be in a way related to Globe Business, whether it’s a game or business application that will be useful,” according to Romero. “Basically,there are lots of potentials but doesn’t have the platform and venue to launch their apps. This is why we offer this new cloud solution that will give easiness for developers and customized for business requirements.” The new cloud solution, touted as a “game-changer” in cloud computing.
According to company officials on Friday, the new Globe Business local public cloud developer platform expands the company’s previous cloud offerings such as DIS (Dynamic Infrastructure Services) and Helix, or the “second generation DIS,” making it in effect the third generation of this platform.
“The Globe Business cloud platform that we will be launching is a complete public cloud ready for deployment. It runs SSD Accelerated Hyper Dense compute nodes ensuring higher performance than leading cloud environments. The system is up and running and is now installed in both Los Angeles, California, USA and locally in our MK2 data center,” declared Globe Business Head of Business Products and Services Francisco Fernando Claravall.
Claravall said that this “public cloud platform is ideal for developers, app-building entrepreneurs, solutions providers who write applications and system integrators doing freelance work for companies, especially for small and medium businesses. Since the applications already live in our new cloud offering, creating apps customized for business requirements will be very convenient. Companies also no longer need to buy expensive software and equipment with limited capabilities and scalability. The combination of our top-notch developers’ skills and the vast array of application templates available make for a viable source of income and profit. In the long run, we envision this also to be an essential infrastructure for ICT innovation, right here in the Philippines.”
The Globe Business official outlined the benefits of the local public cloud platform, saying that it is easy to configure with a two-minute set-up time. Data redundant in the Globe Business data centers enable faster access to content and are assured of security of the highest level in the country.
In terms of price points, it will be “very competitive” vis-à-vis the current market players and subscriptions may be maintained through credit card payments. “Billing-wise, usage can be checked and billing details can be changed anytime. The information instantly gets reflected with the payment processor and becomes effective in the next billing cycle,” Claravall confirmed.
Soon after its commercial launch, users can look forward to continuous enhancements, such as file drag-and-drop ability, adjustable storage, GCASH interface and integration for postpaid billing with the forthcoming modernized Globe IT system.
The preview was held during the announcement of the Globe Business MK2 data center expansion, exhibiting the facility’s immense capacity and power to drive cloud-based solutions such as this new cloud platform offering of the company before leading information technology journalists and cyber-press.
“This new platform reasserts our company’s mastery of the cloud. Globe Business is effectively enabling a complete cloud ecosystem, which will affect developer engagement and give hybrid solutions for enterprises,” said Head of Globe Business Enterprise Segments Grace Castillo.
The new public cloud platform put to the test via the Globe DEVATHON at the Globe Valero Telepark, where Manila’s top developers, IT professionals, students, business managers, and members of the Globe Labs community planned new applications from the readily available app templates.
Globe Business bolsters facilities with data center expansion
Further strengthening its resolve to deliver world-class services via a Tier-grade data facility to its growing number of enterprise clients, Globe Business announced the expansion of its flagship MK2 data center, following its formal ground-breaking in October 2012.
According to Head of Service Operations Maximo Bernales, Jr., the completed and already working expansion facility doubles MK2’s capacity. This effectively increases Globe Business’ current overall data center size, making it one of the largest in the country.
Bernales said that “having state-of-the-art and best-in class features, our purposely built data center is at par with its global contemporaries. It has redundant power and cooling through Building Management System (BMS) integration for the generator set, uninterrupted power supply and precision air conditioning units. A down blast of cold air underneath the raised floors separates hot and cold aisles in-between the racks.”
“In terms of safety, cable trays isolate power and data cables. Fire suppression systems and smoke detectors are in place, supported by closed-circuit TV network and BMS systems 24/7. Security is fortified with steel doors, card readers, door sensors, anti-tailgating and hand keys in the man-trap facility. Access-wise, a link-way from the old building serves as entry and exit points to the expansion areas,” he added.
Bernales likewise confirmed that “the entire infrastructure, adherent to the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) 942 Tier III standards, which is able to give world-class data center service for our clientele both existing and new.” All Globe Business data centers, which are strategically located in Makati City, Mandaluyong City, Quezon City, Cebu City and the upcoming facility in Cavite which is soon to be working, are all backed-up by three global industry certifications: ISO 9001:2008 for Quality Management System, ISO 27001:2005 for Information Security Management System and BS 25999:2007 for Business Continuity Management System. The data center is also distinguished with the ISO 20000-1:2011 certification for IT Service Management System. With Globe being the first to earn these accreditation, they assure customers that their service requirements will be fulfilled.
Being the premier data center in the country, Romero said that “more than the highly advanced physical and technical features, it’s actually the highest level of security, stability and peace-of-mind for a company’s data that we put on the table for our enterprise customers and the industry as a whole both locally and in the global setting.”
“As trailblazers of innovation, we at Globe Business continue to push the frontiers of technology forward, with our new data center as a testament of that fact. We recognize the increasing demand for data center and cloud services in the country. We are more than ready to meet the computing challenges of companies now and in the future,” Romero affirmed.
About Globe Business
The corporate arm of leading telecommunications company in the Philippines, Globe Telecom, Globe Business provides a comprehensive range of ICT inter-connectivity solutions for the country’s top industries, businesses and commercial enterprises engineered according to their business requirements and enabling them continuous access to information. The portfolio of products and services consist of mobile, wire line, broadband, data connections, internet, managed services and IT-enabling services as well as cloud computing solutions which it pioneered in the country. The company’s data center and carrier ethernet services are ISO and MEF global standards-certified, respectively.
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To learn more, visit www.globe.com.ph/business.
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