Government Telecom CAT Plc. Selects IBM to Provide Cloud Computing Services in Thailand, Supporting Growth for Local Businesses

Wed Apr 3, 2013 4:30am EDT

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BANGKOK,  April 3, 2013  /PRNewswire/ -- IBM (NYSE:  IBM) today announced that
CAT Telecom Plc. (CAT) has signed a strategic engagement with IBM to help the
government owned telecom company provide cloud computing services in  Thailand.
IBM will be the preferred technology service provider to help manage cloud
systems, delivering innovative cloud computing services for CAT.  

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CAT, run by the government of  Thailand, provides a complete range of telecom
services including voice, data, e-business and IT security operation and
delivery to customers both locally and internationally. CAT is committed to
providing high-quality services and increasing business value through the use of
cutting-edge technologies. With this engagement, CAT will provide comprehensive
IT services on secure and high-performing cloud-based infrastructure to its
clients. These services will help reduce costs and increase productivity for the
telecom giant.

The emergence of advanced technologies and ever-changing customer demands means
that businesses are looking for cloud solutions that will help boost their
capabilities. CAT has realized the need for cloud technology that will help
improve efficiency and deliver cost savings.

The telecom company has adopted the robust IBM SmartCloud infrastructure to
offer cloud services to both private and government enterprises. IBM will also
provide cloud infrastructure management services to CAT for the next four years.
Through IBM SmartCloud Managed Service, CAT will be able to offer unique cloud
services superior to other providers. IBM will provide world-class services with
best practices and extensive expertise to comprehensively manage all of CAT's
systems. Customers will benefit from CAT's reliable, secure and responsive
infrastructure through pay-per-use models, with IT resources that can be scaled
to accommodate business growth.

"Trusted by the Thai government, CAT has been chosen to provide a government
cloud together with the Electronic Government Agency. We are excited to partner
with IBM, a leading global IT service provider that will, through cloud
services, help satisfy client requirements ranging from basic IT infrastructure
to specialized business applications," said Mr.  Kitisak Sriprasert, President
of CAT Telecom Public Company (Limited). "This is in support of CAT achieving
its objective to serve both public and private sectors effectively, and
ultimately improve the country's competitiveness through superior
infrastructures."

CAT will leverage IBM's leading technologies to deliver cost-effective cloud
services while reducing power consumption and improving performance through
server and storage consolidation and virtualization. With IBM's cloud computing
solutions, CAT will be able to develop and offer a wide array of cloud services,
from infrastructure to software and application services, more rapidly and
cost-effectively.

"IBM is strongly committed to developing products and services in cloud
computing. IBM has invested significantly to strengthen cloud computing
businesses worldwide and offer a comprehensive range of hardware, software and
services in cloud technology," said Mrs. Parnsiree Amatayakul, Managing
Director, IBM Thailand Co., Ltd. "Specially designed for businesses, our cloud
offerings are secure, reliable and efficient. We are ready to help our customers
to provide cloud computing services in vertical markets with end-to-end services
from IBM - from planning, deployment, testing to technical and business
consulting services delivered by highly qualified professionals."

"We are proud to be selected by CAT as a strategic partner for cloud computing.
We will play an active role in supporting CAT's vision to become  Thailand's
leading cloud service provider," added Mrs. Parnsiree Amatayakul.  

About IBM Cloud Computing
IBM has helped thousands of clients adopt cloud models and manages millions of
cloud based transactions every day. IBM assists clients in areas as diverse as
banking, communications, healthcare and government to build their own clouds or
securely tap into IBM cloud-based business and infrastructure services. IBM is
unique in bringing together key cloud technologies, deep process knowledge, a
broad portfolio of cloud solutions, and a network of global delivery centers.
For more information about cloud offerings from IBM, 
visithttp://www.ibm.com/smartcloud. Follow us on Twitter at 
http://www.twitter.com/ibmcloud  and on our blog at 
http://www.thoughtsoncloud.com

Media Contact:  
Communications, IBM Thailand Co.,Ltd.  
Chinnaree Tanmanee, Tel: 02 273 4676
Email:  chinnare@th.ibm.com

Public Relations and Corporate Communications, CAT Telecom Plc.
Pinsupa Singhawibul, Tel: 02 104 3299
Email:  pr@cattelecom.com

SOURCE  IBM

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