Earlier today Acer held their first ‘Build Your Own Cloud’ forum, bringing together key strategic partners including MediaTek, TSMC and Intel to talk about its new future as a cloud services provider while also inviting stakeholders to join what it calls the BYOC alliance.
Acer Chairman Stan Shih took to the stage in Taipei earlier today, outlining his vision of a new Acer and its Build Your Own Cloud (BYOC) and its new partners that will help the company re-align itself as major player in today’s Cloud services sector. The company invited stakeholders to join the BYOC Alliance. Shih went on to say:
“Together with our partners, we will create value and build a mechanism to balance interests to change the world in the era of cloud computing.”
As well as partners Intel, Taiwanese mobile processor design house MediaTek and globally renowned chip manufacture TSMC (Taiwan Semi-Conducter Corporation), all three of which presented at the forum today, Acer also announced that it has signed ‘letters of intent’ with Egis Technology, APEX Medical Corporation and EBM Technologies. Egis are a leading provider of fingerprint biometrics and data encryption services. APEX provide healthcare products for wound management and respiratory therapy while EBM provide web-based medical management solutions.
This comes hot on the heels of Acer also announcing a partnership with Octon a Taiwan-based company that researches, develops and sells Computer Telephony and Multimedia Integration services. These include enterprise level network switch solutions and security services. Acer plans to create subsidiary called Acer Octon Inc specifically to market a set of Enterprise solutions branded abPBX plus, a PBX telephony system that includes audio, video and messaging.
These new services and products from Acer are part of their new Computing and Communications strategy that marries together software and hardware solutions. They come under the general umbrella of the Acer Open Platform and will include hardware and cloud services for the Connected Car, the Connected Car and Healthcare.