AVM Cloud Plays Key Role in TIME Digitalization

AVM Cloud Sdn Bhd CEO David Chan (landscape)

TIME dotCom Berhad (TIME) recently introduced its ‘3Cs of Digitalisation’ strategy which draws on the strengths of its various subsidiaries together with the depth and breadth of the TIME ecosystem.

TIME’s cloud computing arm, AVM Cloud Sdn Bhd (AVM Cloud) is a key component of this strategy to deliver ‘business value’ based on of the 3Cs component – cloud.

AVM Cloud Chief Executive Officer, David Chan (pic above), said that a ‘cloud-first’ strategy is key to ‘future proofing’ core businesses as the integration of latest technologies in various areas lead to greater productivity and operational efficiency.

“Digital transformation improves all levels of business functions within organisations while bringing together data across areas to work together more effectively; that’s the power of cloud computing and the crux of TIME’s 3Cs strategy,” said David.

“Leveraging the latest and most powerful technologies – including all types of public, private, and hybrid cloud platforms – to create or modify business processes, culture, and customer experiences ensure that organisations achieve competitive advantages, agility and a manageable total cost of ownership,” he added.

Incorporated in 2010, AVM Cloud is a pioneer of cloud computing services in Malaysia. The company has a proven track record to be on par – and even better – than global cloud service providers.

Testament to AVM Cloud’s solid reputation is its over 200 corporate customers and 250 cloud tenants across various industries including the financial services industry, conglomerates, education, government-linked companies together with customers from retail and distribution.

TIME had acquired a majority stake in AVM Cloud early last year (January 2021) to accelerate the growth of cloud computing as the newest pillar of its business, alongside fixed line services, domestic and global network connectivity, and data centres.

“With our ‘future-ready’ cloud solutions, we empower customers to unlock the power of cloud to rapidly migrate apps, scale up resources, deliver resources for new remote work initiatives, while driving app modernisation strategies with partners like SAP,” said David.

“Now with the 3Cs framework, we are also leveraging on the strengths of the various TIME products and services to offer a suite of customisable solutions and a digital foundation built on a comprehensive ecosystem to enable digitalisation across the spectrum from cloud, connectivity to cybersecurity.”

Customising multicloud strategies with personalised cloud suites

There is no ‘one size fits all’ where cloud computing strategies are concerned. That said, based on a report by IBM Institute for Business Value, hybrid cloud adoption alongside digital transformation brought about unprecedented value to businesses, with hybrid and multi-cloud spend expected to increase by up to 17% by 2023.

“At AVM Cloud, we champion the hybrid cloud approach as such solutions that combine many of the advantages of both public and private cloud systems enable information to be shared between on-premise systems and those maintained in the cloud. By acting as orchestration between all platforms, the hybrid cloud increases organisational flexibility, reduces costs while also increasing agility and innovation,” said David.

What’s more, TIME’s private and public cloud platforms are housed within its secure hyperscale data centres under AIMS Data Centre Sdn Bhd (AIMS), thereby improving operational efficiency and agility for successful deployment of any cloud strategy.

AIMS offers co-location, managed services and disaster recovery offerings from its interlinked data centres in Kuala Lumpur, Cyberjaya, Bangkok and multiple key cities in Vietnam. With over two decades of industry experience, AIMS has grown into one of Southeast Asia’s most established, trusted and respected data centre operators.

In terms of connectivity, TIME’s converged network streamlines and simplifies the infrastructure by interconnecting with global service providers and virtualised network services over cloud platforms via Malaysia’s first-ever horizontal network function virtualisation (NFVi) architecture so that organisations can optimise connections both locally and globally.

“Rest assured, customers can benefit from a reliable and resilient network thanks to TIME’s distinction for several industry-firsts such as being the first triple certified MEF 3.0 network in Southeast Asia. This has set a new benchmark for network and service quality, meaning that customers’ critical systems will not be compromised when it’s connected to its network,” said David.

“In addition, TIME’s hybrid network approach means that customers can embark on their customised cloud strategies without relying on costly hardware investments with horizontal NFVi that can host and connect virtualised network functions such as routers, firewalls and cloud computing systems.”

Where cybersecurity is concerned, TIME’s processes are instilled in its ecosystem to give customers assurance that their business remains resilient despite any cyberthreats today and tomorrow.

“All of its cybersecurity capabilities, processes and strategies adhere to the five core functions of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Cybersecurity Framework to better prepare customers,” said David, adding that TIME also have strategic alliances with leading cybersecurity specialists such as LGMS, Fortinet, IBM and Tecforte to facilitate greater intelligence sharing.

“A simple, yet agile strategy that combines integration, innovation and technology-related assets and capabilities is central to achieving a successful digital business transformation. This is where a strong framework of cloud, connectivity and cybersecurity spearheaded by TIME and underpinned by AVM Cloud, come into play,” concluded David.