SAS has launched its first Singapore data centre providing local enterprises with lower latency and improved cloud capabilities addressing data residency issues.
Leveraging infrastructure from Amazon Web Services (AWS), the new service will offer computing infrastructure, secure access to data and tailored alerts for early and pre-emptive incident detection.
The move follows a string of partnership announcements and investments from AWS, which plans a new Jakarta region by 2022 and recently launched a new region in Hong Kong, as well partnerships with VMware that recently launched its own cloud service in the region.
“Organisations in Singapore and the region are realising the value of disruptive technologies such as cloud and advanced analytics,” said Randy Goh, managing director of SAS Singapore. “At SAS, we aim to empower customers with the right tools to be the disruptors themselves.
“The launch of SAS Cloud and our first data centre in Singapore provides new opportunities for us to deliver increased value to local customers. This is testament to our commitment in Singapore’s rapidly growing analytics economy."
However, despite the growing popularity of hybrid infrastructure and cloud technology, 85 per cent of organisations across Asia Pacific (APAC) are still in the early stages of cloud adoption maturity, requiring more consistent, standardised and available automated cloud resources to execute at speed and cost, according to analyst firm IDC.
Local enterprise can expect a range of new offerings and services through SAS Cloud, including hosted managed services, which provides an outsourced enterprise solution delivered through the cloud, with SAS managing all data assets and supports businesses with hosting and analytics expertise.
Additionally, remote managed software and services will be provided for businesses with regulatory compliance issues, mandating in-house data residency.
Another service, called “results-as-a-service” will be provider to businesses that require flexibility, technology and expertise to turn data into insights or results, as such, organisations can gain access to rich analytical insights by combining SAS’ software and support from SAS experts, without investment in software licenses or infrastructure.
And lastly, software-as-a-service (SAS Data Centres), will provide "standardised, off-the-shelf" offerings available for immediate use.
The vendor also works with customers during implementation to determine the most appropriate data classification levels for information hosted in the cloud.
Customers are required to access SAS Cloud offerings through site-to-site or whitelisted Internet Protocols (IPs) that mask SAS’ visibility to online threats.
Furthermore, SAS Cloud is equipped with data protection warranties for personally identifiable information, covering all non-public data maintained in any of SAS’ data centres.