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November 26, 2013

Microsoft unleashes major wave of Enterprise Cloud Solutions in Philippines

Microsoft Philippines today announced a wave of new enterprise products and services to enable companies seize the opportunities of cloud computing and overcome today’s top IT challenges. Complementing Office 365 and other services, these new offerings deliver on Microsoft’s enterprise cloud strategy.


In his blog “The Enterprise Cloud Takes Centerstage”, Satya Nadella, Cloud and Enterprise executive vice president, said, “As enterprises move to the cloud they are going to bet on vendors that have best in-class software as a service applications, operate a global public cloud that supports a broad ecosystem of third party services, and deliver multi-cloud mobility through true hybrid solutions. If you look across the vendor landscape, you can see that only Microsoft is truly delivering in all of those areas.”


Microsoft’s cloud momentum in Asia Pacific
IDCi predicts that spending on Public Cloud Services in Asia Pacific (excl. Japan) will grow from US$5.3bn in 2013 to US$14.9bn in 2017. In addition, in Asia Pacific (excl. Japan), IaaS (Infrastructure as a service) and PaaS (Platform as a service) are predicted to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 25% from 2013 to 2017, according to IDC. 

In Asia Pacific, Microsoft Azure has grown at least three times faster than the market growth rate for IaaS and PaaS cloud services while demand for Microsoft’s virtualization solutions, which support private and public cloud infrastructures, has grown 30% year-on-year in Q2 of 2013, outpacing overall market growth of 1%ii. This strong momentum was bolstered by a rich partner ecosystem, datacenter-class solutions with industry-leading cost of ownership.
Microsoft has continuously invested in the Asia Pacific region to strengthen its ability to deliver cloud services to organizations of all sizes. Microsoft recently announced that it is investing several hundred million dollars to expand Windows Azure in the region over the next two years with additional datacenters in Australia, China and Japan. Some of Microsoft’s key customers in Asia Pacific include: Coca-Cola Amatil (Australia), Karya Harmoni (Indonesia), Navcore Nextology (Indonesia), ABS-CBN (Philippines) and Cycle & Carriage Industries (Singapore).

Microsoft has continuously invested in the Asia Pacific region to strengthen its ability to deliver cloud services to organizations of all sizes. Microsoft recently announced that it is investing several hundred million dollars to expand Windows Azure in the region over the next two years with additional data centers in Australia, China and Japan.

"In the Asia Pacific excluding Japan markets the appetite for cloud computing within enterprise organizations is mainly for private cloud, due to concerns around security, performance and legislation, however many organizations are realizing that the hybrid cloud model is rapidly becoming a model that many would like to leverage. With their Windows Azure platform, Microsoft is well placed to be one of the leaders in this space due to the prevalence of the Microsoft platform and the ease of adoption of their cloud service offerings" says Simon Piff, Associate Vice President, Enterprise Infrastructure Research, IDC Asia Pacific.

Joel Garcia, Server and Tools Business Group Lead of Microsoft Philippines said: “The Microsoft Clous OS Vision empowers customers to run a consistent platform across their data center, public cloud infrastructure and service providers.  This provides the best choice for customers that need the agility, focus and economics for their ever growing IT requirements.”

Hybrid infrastructure and modern applications
To help customers build IT infrastructure that delivers continuous services and applications across clouds, Microsoft has released Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2. Together, these new products empower companies to create datacenters without boundaries using Hyper-V for high-scale virtualization; high-performance storage at dramatically lower costs; built-in, software-defined networking; and hybrid business continuity. The new Windows Azure Pack runs on top of Windows Server and System Center, enabling enterprises and service providers to deliver self-service infrastructure and platforms from their datacenters.

Building on these hybrid cloud platforms, customers can use Visual Studio 2013 and the new .NET 4.5.1, to create modern applications for devices and services. As software development becomes pervasive within every company, the new preview Studio 2013 Modern Lifecycle Management solution helps enable development teams, businesspeople and IT managers to build and deliver better applications, faster.

Data platform and insights
As part of its vision to help more people unlock actionable insights from big data, Microsoft next week will release a second preview of SQL Server 2014. The new version offers industry-leading in-memory technologies at no additional cost, giving customers 10 times to 30 times performance improvements without application rewrites or new hardware. SQL Server 2014 also works with Windows Azure to give customers built-in cloud backup and disaster recovery.

For big data analytics, later this month Microsoft will release Windows Azure HDInsight Service, an Apache Hadoop-based service that works with SQL Server and widely used business intelligence tools, such as Microsoft Excel and Power BI for Office 365. With Power BI, people can combine private and public data in the cloud for rich visualizations and fast insights.

People and devices in the cloud
The proliferation of cloud applications, data and consumer devices is moving many enterprises to a bring-your-own-device model. The new release of Windows Intune combines with System Center Configuration Manager to help IT departments give mobile employees security-enhanced access to the applications and data they need on the Windows, iOS and Android devices of their choice. This unified management environment for PCs and mobile devices complements the new access and information protection capabilities in Windows Server 2012 R2.


Further, with Windows Server 2012 R2 Microsoft is introducing the Microsoft Remote Desktop app, available for download in applications stores later this month, to provide easy access to PCs and virtual desktops on variety of devices and platforms, including Windows, Windows RT, iOS, OS X and Android.

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