Nortel Networks has claimed first-mover advantage in Asia’s ASP market, announcing a US$26 million contract to be chief supplier and prime solutions integrator for eASPNet Taiwan’s new ASP and Internet Data Center (IDC).
Recently formed by a consortium of blue chip Taiwanese and Asian companies, eASPNet plans to offer enterprise customers – initially in Taiwan and eventually across Asia – a full range of e-Business and ASP services. At approximately 105,000 square feet, eASPNet expects to be one of the largest carrier-grade IDCs in Asia.
Under the agreement, Nortel Networks will design and build for eASPNet a robust and highly reliable carrier-grade IDC environment to host the business-critical applications it intends to deliver to its customers.
“There is enormous enthusiasm for the Internet economy in Taiwan and China, and eASPNet’s ‘rent-an-application’ model offers enterprise customers access to high-value eBusiness applications at significant savings, as well as the freedom to focus on core business issues,” said Yu-Lon Chiao, chairman, eASPNet. “Nortel Networks’ traditional networking strengths and its global leadership in eBusiness and the Internet make it the ideal ally to implement Taiwan’s largest IDC, and to function as an end-to-end solutions integrator for our business customers.”
“We are working with eASPNet to bring the economic and competitive benefits of a world-class ASP solutions portfolio to Taiwan’s small and medium-sized businesses, as well as to implement eASPNet’s advanced IDC hosting and network infrastructure,” said Robert Mao, president and chief executive officer, Nortel Networks China. “This association with eASPNet is another significant step in strengthening our regional and global lead in building the high-performance Internet.”
In association with several industry allies, Nortel Networks recently unveiled a Managed Application Services initiative, bringing together the elements ASPs require to enable a powerful and efficient strategy and solutions portfolio.
This initiative is intended to accelerate time-to-market and free resources for critical customer- and market-related tasks; tune ASP networks for peak application performance; deliver top-level service management, allowing ASPs to generate new revenue streams and offer differentiated services with guaranteed service levels; and provide single points of accountability.
The Nortel Networks end-to-end IDC solution consists of network infrastructure and management software integrated with IT infrastructure, storage and other components from Nortel Networks allies. Part of the IDC solution is the Nortel Networks Preside* Managed Application Services platform, enabling ASPs to offer a variety of hosted eBusiness applications to enterprises of all sizes, and to deliver end-to-end application management all the way to the desktop via a common platform.
eASPNet is a full e-Service Provider offering end-to-end managed Internet Data Center and Application Service Provider services in the Asia Pacific region. eASPNet is enabling innovative internet hosting and application rental services to enterprises of all sizes with best in class technology partners and corporate alliances.
Nortel Networks had 1999 US GAAP revenues of US$21.3 billion and serves carrier, service provider and enterprise customers globally.