Pacnet makes Asian IaaS move

21 September 2011 | Guy Matthews


Asian carrier Pacnet has entered the infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) market, adding to its existing cloud computing offer.

Pacnet Virtual Private Server will provide data storage and networking capacity to enterprise customers on a virtual basis, saving them from major upfront capital investment, said the company.

"As organisations deploy increasingly demanding applications requiring more robust server environments, they are also recognising the high costs and resource requirements associated with building traditional server environments,” said Chris Wilson, senior vice president of product strategy and management for Pacnet. “Pacnet VPS, our new IaaS service, is part of our broader cloud strategy.”

Wilson said the new service uses Pacnet's IP VPN network: “It delivers high-performance and high-resiliency virtual servers that function just like physical servers,” he explained.

He said the service allows customers to choose from four configurations to match requirements: “Customers also have a choice of either Microsoft Windows Server Standard or Red Hat Enterprise Linux as the operating system of the virtual server,” he added.

Deborah Homewood, chief executive officer of Pacnet Australia & New Zealand, said she believed the service would play particularly well in the markets she addresses: “Australian businesses have shown that they are at the forefront of cloud computing and we have already seen some of them quickly recognising the value that Pacnet VPS delivers,” she claimed.

“Though the majority of all cloud adopters view systems integrators as their most trusted partners for cloud computing, IaaS adopters say telecom companies are best positioned for cloud services,” said Sandra Palumbo, research fellow with analyst firm the Yankee Group. "The desire to adopt is there, but IaaS providers still have some barriers to address. The number one barrier for enterprises considering IaaS adoption is virtualisation security.”