Taiwan-based Acer is looking to export its cloud computing services to other countries and has targeted China, India, Malaysia and the Philippines as it looks for local system integrators for cooperation. Acer’s president of Pan-Asia Pacific Regional Operation Oliver Ahrens noted that the company is developing fast in both China and India and has already seen progress in a few cases in Malaysia. Acer’s president of Build Your Own Cloud (BYOC) business Maverick Shih pointed out that the business has three major product lines: cloud computing services, which the company is aggressively looking to export; Internet of things (IoT); and Acer Octon, the telecom solution unit. The company is also seeing strong orders for related solutions.
Acer’s Build Your Own Cloud (BYOC) platform currently has three million users and the number is estimated to reach five million by the end of 2014 and to surpass 10 million in 2015, according to BYOC business manager Maverick Shih. Acer’s BYOC business has already established a business model in the B2B market and is currently expanding its reach to sectors such as healthcare, telecommunication, automobile and smart family. As for the B2C market, Acer is currently offering free services and will start trying out paid services after having enough users to offer them more choices.
Acer is set to unveil more details on its Build Your Own Cloud (BYOC) system on May 29 and which will integrate Taiwan’s software and hardware players to create an ecosystem for Taiwan’s IT industry to compete in the worldwide market, Acer chairman Stan Shih said at a meeting on May 21.
Acer will launch BYOC (build your own cloud) solutions in the third quarter of 2014, according to company chairman Stan Shih. Acer’s BYOC solutions enable individual or enterprise users to access data or content stored on their PC using PCs, notebooks, tablets or smartphones via the Internet. BYOC frees enterprises of worries about information security when using public cloud services.