Rapid Compute launched in Pakistan

Published May 29, 2012 11:06pm

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ISLAMABAD, May 29: Introducing the latest in a long list of information technology services, the Rapid Compute was officially launched on Tuesday that provided infrastructure as a service to users.

Launched by the Cybernet, the service focused on corporate market where small or big enterprises with uncertain business futures would not have to invest in IT hardware infrastructure.

“Companies no longer have to invest in installing servers, air conditioning for their hardware, power setups or engage manpower to run IT related business,” said the vice-president (corporate sales), Cybernet, Imran Khan explaining how all of the above was now available on-line.

Speakers at the launching ceremony explained how the new virtual machines worked. They said that Rapid Compute could allow organisations to focus on their core businesses by simply creating their own servers and load their own programmes/softwares, and save data.

“The system is 99 per cent resilient/secure and nobody could access the particular server except the user who created it by entering his/her log-in and password,” said the vice-president.

The Rapid Compute was not only safe, according to speakers, but users could also delete the server created and all other data linked that particular server.

The system was ‘pay as you go’, said Imran Khan adding, “This is a totally automated system where clients only pay for whatever they require with no human interventions and with return money policy.

The speakers said that while information technology giants like Amazon.com, Rackspace, Insta Compute and Korea Telecom to mention some international brands were providing virtual infrastructure, Rapid Compute in Pakistan was the first of its kind.

“This is a localised service where companies will not have to log-in into networks outside of Pakistan and reduce latency,” said Imran Khan also elaborating on almost zero costs of investing on buying machinery.

The acting secretary for Ministry of Information Technology Farooq Ahmed Awan cut the ribbon and pushed the key in a laptop to kick start the system introducing it for the first time in Pakistan.

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