Contract laptop maker Inventec Corp (英業達) yesterday revealed that it plans to start offering its own brand of cloud-based storage solutions for enterprises in Southeast Asia in the second half of the year.
The Taipei-based firm is working on developing private cloud technology with local software providers like the state-funded Institute for Information Industry, Inventec senior advisor George Wang (王瑋) said.
Wang said Inventec is set to launch the first of its cloud-based storage solutions for small and medium-sized businesses in Southeast Asia in the third quarter.
The solution will allow for on-demand cloud storage space management through a Web-based interface via the integration of Inventec hardware with the Cloud Object Storage Appliance system, which was developed by the institute, Wang said.
“We want to use applications from local software providers that have proven successful,” he told reporters.
Aside from Southeast Asia, Inventec is targeting China, Japan and the US as the key overseas markets for its cloud-based storage solutions, he added.
Wang said the company is also working with Tayohya (多樣屋), a Chinese home decor brand with about 500 stores across China, to develop a cloud-based retail solution integrated with e-commerce and customer relation management systems, but added that no timetable has been set.
Asked if Inventec plans to spin off its cloud business unit, Wang said that is a long-term aim of the company’s, but one that it is unlikely to achieve this year given that its cloud business is not yet profitable.