BANGKOK, April 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that CAT Telecom Plc. (CAT) has signed a strategic engagement with IBM to help the government owned telecom company provide cloud computing services in Thailand. IBM will be the preferred technology service provider to help manage cloud systems, delivering innovative cloud computing services for CAT. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20090416/IBMLOGO ) CAT, run by the government of Thailand, provides a complete range of telecom services including voice, data, e-business and IT security operation and delivery to customers both locally and internationally. CAT is committed to providing high-quality services and increasing business value through the use of cutting-edge technologies. With this engagement, CAT will provide comprehensive IT services on secure and high-performing cloud-based infrastructure to its clients. These services will help reduce costs and increase productivity for the telecom giant. The emergence of advanced technologies and ever-changing customer demands means that businesses are looking for cloud solutions that will help boost their capabilities. CAT has realized the need for cloud technology that will help improve efficiency and deliver cost savings. The telecom company has adopted the robust IBM SmartCloud infrastructure to offer cloud services to both private and government enterprises. IBM will also provide cloud infrastructure management services to CAT for the next four years. Through IBM SmartCloud Managed Service, CAT will be able to offer unique cloud services superior to other providers. IBM will provide world-class services with best practices and extensive expertise to comprehensively manage all of CAT's systems. Customers will benefit from CAT's reliable, secure and responsive infrastructure through pay-per-use models, with IT resources that can be scaled to accommodate business growth. "Trusted by the Thai government, CAT has been chosen to provide a government cloud together with the Electronic Government Agency. We are excited to partner with IBM, a leading global IT service provider that will, through cloud services, help satisfy client requirements ranging from basic IT infrastructure to specialized business applications," said Mr. Kitisak Sriprasert, President of CAT Telecom Public Company (Limited). "This is in support of CAT achieving its objective to serve both public and private sectors effectively, and ultimately improve the country's competitiveness through superior infrastructures." CAT will leverage IBM's leading technologies to deliver cost-effective cloud services while reducing power consumption and improving performance through server and storage consolidation and virtualization. With IBM's cloud computing solutions, CAT will be able to develop and offer a wide array of cloud services, from infrastructure to software and application services, more rapidly and cost-effectively.