M1 and VMware launch cloud service for Singaporean digital start-ups

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Singaporean cellco M1 and VMware have announced a new cloud offering that enables local digital start-ups and SMEs to rapidly develop software-based products and grow their business without hefty up-front infrastructure expenditure.

M1 is enhancing its next-generation software-defined data center (SDDC) portfolio, powered by the VMware Cloud Provider program, with container support via Pivotal Container Service (PKS).

The new cloud offering allows access to production-grade Kubernetes and natively-supported toolkits, which offers faster deployment of containerized workloads across private and public clouds, enabling digital start-ups to innovae quickly and go to market faster, while saving on investment in on-premises infrastructure.

Singapore’s digital start-ups face intense competition with not only their peers but global giants arriving at Southeast Asia’s shores. M1 says its local experience and VMware’s cloud solutions, coupled with Pivotal’s open container platform, will give local businesses a competitive advantage to respond to market opportunities and challenges with speed, agility and scale.

Enterprises and digital start-ups from verticals such as retail and F&B, FinTech, hospitality and transportation can now scale their infrastructure on-demand and utilize enterprise tools and services easily in a cost-efficient manner. M1’s SDDC reduces the burden for infrastructure management and total cost of IT ownership, which is crucial for digital start-ups and SMEs operating with lean resources, said M1 chief innovation officer Alex Tan.

“We want to help [local digital start-ups] advance their growth ambitions by offering them access to enterprise-grade, best-in-class tools that they may not have the resources to procure independently,” said Tan.

“Cloud lies at the heart of all business transformation, regardless of company size or sector. Start-ups need a reliable cloud infrastructure to compete and offer a differentiated customer experience,” said Ron Goh, president of Southeast Asia and Korea at VMware.

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