Despite the pandemic, Globe has taken definitive steps to ensure that the 5G rollout and expansion plans have stayed the course. The company is preparing its network architecture to be able to provide next-generation services to its subscribers seamlessly and efficiently. It is also considering emerging use cases for 5G services like cloud gaming, AR/VR, and video streaming analytics.
Globe has diversified into the area of financial technology with its GCash solution that allows customers to pay bills, purchase goods and services, and conduct financial transfers through an app. As of July 2021, GCash has around 46 million registered users and more than 2.5 million partner merchants and social sellers. Being in the telecommunications (telco) and financial technology (fintech) spaces, the company constantly faces cyberthreats. This has been further amplified by the pandemic, as adoption of digital services has increased considerably.
Palo Alto Networks has installed its Next-Generation Firewalls (NGFWs), which are being used as corporate perimeter security, data center perimeter, and radio access network or RAN Layer 7 NGFWs. Deployment of Prisma® Cloud is ongoing, with enhancements being implemented on different modules (Cloud Security Posture Management or CSPM, Cloud Workload Protection, or CWP, and microsegmentation). Prisma Cloud from Palo Alto Networks is the industry’s most comprehensive cloud native security platform (CNSP), catering to the entire cloud native technology stack throughout the development lifecycle across hybrid and multicloud environments.
Additionally, Palo Alto Networks has secured the data center connectivity for GCash (which had 1 trillion pesos worth of transactions in 2020). Palo Alto Networks has 1,000 accounts on Prisma Cloud, approximately 18 physical sites, and 1,000 accounts on AWS public cloud.
As Globe expanded, the relationship with Palo Alto Networks has scaled alongside. Speaking about the long-standing association with Palo Alto Networks, Anton says, “The local team has played a crucial role in fortifying our relationship over the last seven years, with key account leads remaining unchanged. They have supported us and been more of an extension of our team to solve capacity issues, without paying heed to RFPs and other formalities.”
Anton also calls out the personal engagement from the global leadership team, which has also, for the most part, remained unchanged, boosting client confidence. The two companies have scaled simultaneously and grown in an organic manner. Globe embarked on its digital infrastructure framework, and Palo Alto Networks has consistently stayed ahead of the technology curve, ready with a solution when the customer has required an advancement.
Anton sums it up by saying, “What strikes me, in particular, is the completeness of vision that Palo Alto Networks has demonstrated, offering us cloud-ready products along our migration curve. Add to this a clear alignment on customer-centricity and the ease of integration of solutions deployed. As we endure the cycle of leading digital technology in the Philippines, we look forward to moving up the value chain with Palo Alto Networks.”