1-Net: Acing the Cloud Journey
In times when businesses live and die by the speed of their infrastructure, an effective cloud strategy can help them to achieve successful business outcomes. The cloud-first approach is clearly here to stay and its momentum is only expected to increase. According to a study by Bain and Company, the global cloud IT market revenue is predicted to increase from $180B to $390B in 2020. As such, every CIO today has cloud computing at the top of their strategic mandate. However, what organizations need to realize is that there is no one-size-fits-all approach in cloud computing and it's all about selecting which cloud environment or ‘as a service’ best suits them. To add to that, most cloud solution providers in the market offer cloud services in a predefined 'à la carte' or 'buffet style' with little regard for specific organizational needs.
"1-Net adopts a holistic approach to cloud delivery and works closely with CIOs to review their IT infrastructure, business objectives, and challenges before implementing a cost effective and secure cloud platform"
For enterprises looking to leverage cloud technologies and embark on a unique ‘Cloud Journey,’ their search can now end with 1-Net, a leading Infocomm technology solutions provider. 1-Net adopts a holistic approach to cloud delivery and works closely with CIOs to review their IT infrastructure, business objectives, and challenges before implementing a cost-effective and secure cloud platform. “We want to emerge as the preferred cloud services partner for CIOs and shoulder all cloud concerns from certification, compliance, and security, allowing customers to focus on their core business challenges,” begins Dave Ng, Managing Director of 1-Net.
1-Net is fast transforming itself into Asia’s Data Center of Choice. As one of the pioneers in broadband development in Singapore, 1-Net currently manages telco-class carrier-neutral Internet Data Centers, along with providing domestic and international connectivity, managed services, and media delivery services. 1-Net offers superior stability, secure delivery, and service experience through its services. 1-Net is uniquely positioned in Southeast Asia with a comprehensive range of integrated services, using a media-centric approach to bring cutting-edge solutions to its customers.
1-Net is a Mediacorp company. Mediacorp is Singapore’s leading media company with the most complete range of platforms, spanning television, radio, magazines, movies, digital, and out-of-home media. Mediacorp has over 50 products and brands in four languages (English, Mandarin, Malay and Tamil), including online classifieds, Internet TV-on-demand and High Definition TV broadcast. Winner of numerous international awards and accolades including Asian Television Awards’ Terrestrial Broadcaster of the Year, Mediacorp’s mission is to engage, entertain, and enrich audiences by harnessing the power of creativity.
Redefining Cloud Management
Driven by passion and commitment to deliver immeasurable value to customers, the company offers Alchemy, a simplified yet high-performance IaaS platform, which enables users to build and manage scalable infrastructures on demand.
We want to emerge as the preferred cloud services partner for CIOs and shoulder all cloud concerns, from certification, compliance, and security allowing customers to focus on their core business challengers
The platform also offers a simplified billing and metering mechanism, made available through the innovative concept of cloud resource units (CRUs). This enables CIOs and CFOs with unprecedented control over their cloud environment expenditures, providing a standard, single, dimensionless unit for measuring cloud resources. “We are the first ever OpenStack-based cloud platform in Singapore. Our commodity-based hardware provides cost saving for customers and is the only private IaaS environment packaged as metered service,” states a proud Dave.
On the other hand, Alchemy public cloud is the first Ubuntu-Certified Public Cloud in South East Asia, offered as a web service that is easy to set-up and operate. The public cloud comes with no contractual commitments, adopts a pay-by-the-hour model, and gives organizations the freedom to choose their operating system, networking and firewalling, or CPU. Moreover, for the maximum benefit of clients, 1-Net also offers Alchemy Hybrid that combines the best of both, the private and public clouds.
The 1-Net cloud environments are built keeping in mind scalability, quick deployment, and they take away the burden of security and regulatory conflicts. The platform is vendor-neutral, maintains an open architecture, and can easily integrate with all leading cloud infrastructures and third-party applications. Designed to support a heterogeneous ecosystem, users can bring in their own apps or re-use existing solutions. Owing to its compatible nature, the 1-Net IaaS platform assures better business and IT alignment, simplifies complex IT environment, reduces cost, and enables faster delivery of IT solutions. “In addition, our platform comes with free licenses for enterprise operating systems and empowers organizations to do more with less investment,” mentions Dave. As an added cost advantage, 1-Net presents to users a pay-per-use utility model that allows customers to monitor their usages via an online self-service portal. The solution monitors different cloud services through a single dashboard and helps users better manage their usage and operational costs across multiple clouds.
Cloud Simplified at all Levels
Since a large part of the high-quality performance that cloud promises equates to absolute data security, 1-Net leaves no stone unturned to ensure that their cloud offering meets compliance, and security is maintained in every aspect from cyber, physical, system, to network. Organizations can create multiple hierarchical layers of identities, roles, and methods of authorization for multiple users within their organizations, allowing for granularity and precise control of their private environments. All of an organization's specialized appliances such as routers, firewalls, SMS gateways can be installed in 1-Net's datacenters and connected directly to the customer’s private cloud environment within Alchemy, through secure, software-defined private networks. Accessing any part of the management interface requires users to present a form of two-factor authentication via token or OTP. “Furthermore, in case of a failover, we even offer business continuity with a minimal recovery time objective,” adds Dave.
Substantiating their value proposition, Dave explains an instance where a customer with a traditional hosting system was facing challenges in scalability, compliance, and keeping the CAPEX and OPEX in-check. After analyzing the client's existing architecture, 1-Net implemented a customized version of the Alchemy Hybrid. The solution enabled the client to move their workloads to public and private cloud while retaining their traditional IT infrastructure.
Today, 1-Net’s ‘customer-first’ service culture has earned them an exhaustive clientele, encompassing governments, telecommunications, and the financial sector. Their team of expert staff and a combination of CAPEX and OPEX approaches are some of the main reasons why clients always return for 1-Net's state-of-the-art services. A full gamut of managed migration services are also provided apart from backup, antivirus, troubleshooting, and system administration. Various tiers of managed security services are made available, which include 24x7 monitoring and incident response, penetration tests, forensic consulting, etc. Above all, the company offers an operations center that functions round the clock and delivers consultation and end-to-end transition support for the cloud, underpinned by industry-certified best practices and assurance of minimal downtime.
In the coming days, innovation will take precedence for the company and they are all set to provide the Media-on-the-Go services, an easy-to-use media distribution solution for corporation and communities to reach out and showcase their content to their audiences via personal mobile devices, laptops, or large display screens. To foster engaging collaboration between users, a Secure Conferencing service is also set to be released that safeguards data security and quality deliverables. Furthermore, to help institutions securely manage their digital media asset and create channel discussion for live engagement, the Interactive Outreach Media service is also in the pipeline. “Moving forward, we see ourselves as the trusted and go-to cloud services vendor helping CIOs ace their cloud journey,” ends Dave.