India-based telecommunications company Tata Communications has launched an international cloud services business unit, based in Singapore.

The company said the unit, called InstaCompute, will initially offer cloud services to countries neighboring Singapore, most notably Malaysia, Hong Kong, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines.

“As one of the business and financial hubs of Asia, Singapore is strategically positioned to drive a rapidly evolving economy where businesses demand flexible and scalable infrastructure, as they pursue growth within Singapore and overseas,” chief executive officer Vinod Kumar, said in a statement. “Singapore is where our international headquarters are based and is a key market for us.”

InstaCompute is an Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) play, offering secure, elastic, on-demand cloud services. Computing and storage resources are delivered to clients over Tata’s IP backbone and MPLS networks. Tata said it offers a pay-as-you-go service, making it possible for Asia Pacific businesses to tap into scalable and cost-effective infrastructure.

IDC forecasts that over the next five years Asia Pacific spending on IT cloud services will grow fourfold, reaching $4.6 billion by 2014. Tata noted the Singapore cloud business is in addition to a recently launched India cloud organization and will be followed by launches in Europe, the United States and South Africa by the end of the year.



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