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Telkomsigma enters public cloud business to take on Amazon

  • Anton Hermansyah
    Anton Hermansyah

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Fri, May 19, 2017 | 07:30 am
Telkomsigma enters public cloud business to take on Amazon Telkomsigma president director Judi Achmadi (right), senior consultant Akhmad Bakir (left) and vice president Taufik Hidayat speak at the Telkomsigma Cloud Day 2017 in Jakarta on Thursday. (JP/Anton Hermansyah)

Telkom Indonesia's IT subsidiary, PT Sigma Citra Caraka, also known as Telkomsigma, has entered the public cloud business under the Star Cloud brand.

Unlike private cloud-computing services tailored to the needs of particular corporate customers, public cloud services normally come in the form of pre-bundled package aimed at the retail market.

The cloud can be created through a website by choosing from available packages that differ in processor speed, memory and disk space offered by the provider. One of main players in this business is United States-based tech giant Amazon through its Amazon Web Services.

Telkomsigma invested Rp 90 billion (US$6.74 million) for the infrastructure, president director Judi Achmadi said on Thursday.

The company expected to have 100,000 subscribers one year from now, half of whom were expected to subscribe this year, Judi added.

"We are aiming for around 5 million small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Indonesia and cloud users are who currently using services of foreign providers," Judi said during the Star Cloud launching event in Jakarta.

Meanwhile, Telkomsigma senior consultant Akhmad Bakir stressed that Star Cloud, which has servers in East Jakarta, Bogor and Surabaya, offered higher connection speeds at lower rates. Overall, the price was about 20 percent below that offered by Amazon. "With that price, we already provide users with phone-based customer services, while foreign providers only provide email-based support," he said. (bbn)

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