AVM Cloud rides Covid-19 pandemic


  • Technology
  • Monday, 03 Aug 2020

AVM Cloud Kenny Lim

PETALING JAYA: The Covid-19 pandemic did not significantly impact AVM Cloud, one of the country’s leading cloud service providers, thanks to the prompt action taken by the company in reassessing its business strategy.

Its chief technology officer Kenny Lim said: “The unprecedented pandemic required the management to respond swiftly on reassessing our business strategy and reviewing our business plans and targets for the whole year.

“The impact to our business is minimal by implementing a few business recovery measurements and ensuring our customers continue to receive our services, ” he added.

As a cloud service provider, Lim noted that AVM Cloud continues to operate at full capacity and extend additional specifications for customers that needed it during the movement control order (MCO).

He felt post Covid-19, customers would be reassessing their priorities and undertake cost-cutting measures. Lim said this is where the company would need to re-prioritise and fit into this situation.

“I believe more businesses, be it corporates or the government, are going to go beyond the brick and mortar as they will need to reassess their digital transformation journey and continue this on cloud services, ” he said.

Towards this end, Lim said this is going to be a big opportunity for AVM Cloud to help businesses in the country to transform.

The company is also one of the largest VMware computing partner in Asean, he said, adding that it is its aspiration to be a regional cloud provider. He added that the company would be ready to assess its expansion by year-end.

Lim said that over the next six to nine months he foresees cloud adoption in South-East Asia would accelerate.

“I believe it will accelerate, due to Covid-19 and the recession, as many companies will start to manage their capex by considering cloud solution and other outsource services, ” he said.

He also expects a change in customer requirements in relation to cloud, adding that customers are

are experiencing the change of business practice and are relying more on clouds offering. Hence, he said instant provision and spike for cloud usage are anticipated and the company is ready to support the demand.

Apart from this, Lim said customers are also looking for solutions that allowed their employees to work from home, hence our Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) has also become the top subscribed services during this period of time.

What are the main customer motivations in moving to the cloud currently?

Lim said this is to ensure their business continuity and to tap into digital-related services that are supported by cloud services. Furthermore, it would help manage capex and to look for cloud subscription services that is by pay per use.

As to its key cloud priorities during the short- to medium-term, he said the company has a stable Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) offering in place, and next in line would be Kubernetes and analytical solution.

AVM Cloud has been in the cloud service business in the past 10 years. The company’s core business spans across public cloud with a multi-tenant virtual private cloud as well as a dedicated cloud.

Today it has more than 100 services within the cloud service from virtual to desk top to data base service, as well as machine learning or AI etc. The company has recently launched a new service offering for its analytics solution called AVM Cloud Insight.

AVM Cloud is the Terabyte Partner of #cXo2020 happening from Aug 4-7, a live virtual conference aiming to spark conversation on how businesses win in the age of disruption.

Hear Kenny Lim speak with Malik Murad Ali, IT director, Mydin about The Cloud behind E-Commerce for the masses during the CEO Agenda for the Digital Economy firechat session. Registration is free at bit.ly/starcxo2020

#cXo2020 Live Virtual Conference is organised by Star Media Group, AVM Cloud being the Terabyte Partner, Malaysian Investment Development Authority (Mida) as the Strategic Investment Partner while Knowledge Partners are IDC, Kantar and PwC.

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