The Bigger, Better Computer Just Went Virtual

posted Jul 4, 2012, 8:02 PM by Rene Mader   [ updated Aug 19, 2012, 11:05 AM ]

By Nina

Computing enters a new phase of maturity.  The box your computer came in is now a vestige of the past.  Here comes the advent of utility computing and  watch as it muscles its way onto the stage to share a place with its older buddies, water, electricity, gas, and telecommunications.  

So the fifth utility is here.  Now what?

As a company starts to buy the things it needs to get its operations going, the laundry list is long:  desktops, monitors, servers, software to live on the hardware,  an IT team to install, manage and troubleshoot as well as maintain  and ensure network connections are among the many traditional expenses. In this new era of utility computing, companies are relieved of the burden of setting up and maintaining their in-house computing needs.  Computing is available as a service. With a web browser and a fast internet connection, a company can ditch much of its IT department or drop it altogether from its org chart depending on the amount of service it wants from its provider.   Computing as a service encompasses the platform (multiple OS environments on a single computer),  servers of the virtual variety on which you can run your middleware, your databases, and all your software.   Now that your company's head is in the clouds, the flexibility is profound.  Cloud computing brings scalability, performance and reliability.  As a company grows, its compute capacity easily grows with it.  Hello utility computing provider, I need another server.  Thanks, got it!  As to the particulars of the infrastructure undergirding your computational needs, no need to
worry your pretty head about this.  As Jeff Bezos, CEO and founder of, says, 'You don't generate your own electricity.  Why generate your own computing?'1
In the heart of Mandaluyong,  an area within Metro Manila, Philippines  is one such
utility computing company.  Arkipel is establishing its own data center based on the
model and principles of the Open Compute Project, making it the first  of its kind in the

Arkipel strongly identifies with the idea of highly efficient computing infrastructures at a lower cost.  Arkipel bills itself as a purveyor of "21st Century Utility Computing".  As one of its founding owners says, "If a company can save enormous amounts of money in start-up costs simply by having its computer needs served up online, why not?  Invest that money elsewhere."  And when your business grows, call up Arkipel to scale up your computing needs.


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