The Hong Kong Cyberport Management Company Limited (Cyberport), a creative digital community and ICT hub in Hong Kong, is setting up a private cloud that will host IT resources in a single, ready-to-go package that will be offered to tenants of commercial office space.
Cyberport’s Community Cloud is expected to benefit companies of all sizes, particularly start-ups or smaller firms with limited in-house IT resources.
Designed and deployed by Dimension Data, the new service enables clients to access best-in-class storage, networking, compute and security offerings within minutes. IT resources are provided to clients as a service, enabling them to avoid costly, up-front capital investment in IT and instead pay only for what they use, when they use it. For ‘overflow’ compute requirements, clients will be able to access the considerable resources of Dimension Data’s Managed Cloud Platform offerings, making the solution almost infinitely scalable. Next-generation Software-Defined Network (SDN) technology will ensure highly streamlined integration with tenants’ existing IT resources or private clouds, dramatically reducing the time needed for them to start benefiting from Community Cloud services.
Among the other benefits of using centralised, cloud-hosted IT resources is the guaranteed 99.9% uptime service level agreement, along with 24/7 phone support. By leveraging a common interface across all clients’ clouds, Cyberport will be able to manage the network and billing processes from a single platform for maximum efficiency, putting control and visibility over IT-related costs into the hands of end-users. Users with a particular need for high availability will be able to take advantage of the community cloud’s load-balancing capability, configuring physical and virtual load balancers in order to maximize throughput and minimize network response time.
Dimension Data’s MCP makes it easier than ever for clients to build hybrid clouds, fusing the security and peace of mind of private clouds with the flexibility and scalability of public clouds. Cyberport’s Community Cloud is expected to benefit companies of all sizes, particularly start-ups or smaller firms with limited in-house IT resources.
“I believe this concept will drive the development of Hong Kong’s ICT industry. By combining the availability, flexibility and scalability of a ready-to-use hybrid cloud infrastructure with physical office space in a single package, Cyberport has created a solution that is ideal for ICT industry start-ups and entrepreneurs,” said Francis Pang, General Manager, Dimension Data Hong Kong.