| Aziz Idris |
MICROSOFT Brunei yesterday announced the availability of Microsoft Azure which promises to provide a growing collection of cloud-based integrated services which enable companies to move faster, do more and save money.
Azure is the only major cloud platform ranked by Gartner as an industry leader for both ‘Infrastructure-as-a-Service’ (IaaS) and ‘Platform-as-a-Service’ (PaaS). This powerful platform enables organisations to build, deploy and manage application the way they like for better productivity.
Michelle Simmons, General Manager for the Southeast Asia Emerging Markets, Microsoft Asia Pacific said: “Based on a recent survey we conducted in Asia among IT leaders, 71 per cent said they are prioritising the cloud in the next three years. Clearly, they are seeing the benefits of how clouds can enable them to be more agile, manage costs and innovate with new technologies.”
With Azure, data storage backup and recovery become more efficient and economical. It is also easier to build applications that span across both on-premise and the cloud and supports any operating system, language, tool and framework.
“It puts the best of Windows and Linux ecosystem at users’ fingertips, so that developers can build great applications and services that work with every device. It can quickly scale up or down to match demand, so the business only pays for what they use,” noted Simmons.
She added: “Microsoft approach is always to enable choice for the customer. With Azure, we give customers the flexibility to choose between the public cloud, a private infrastructure or something in between. We’re also the only company that offers customers of all sizes enterprise-grade cloud platform that is the best of both worlds.”
Azure shares the same enterprise-tested platform that powers Skype, Office 365, Bing and Xbox. It also offers a 99.5 per cent availability Service Level Agreement, 24/7 tech support, and around-the-clock service health monitoring.
The service runs on a growing global network of Microsoft-managed data centres across 19 regions, giving customers in Brunei a wide range of options for running applications and ensuring they always get great performance. More than 50 per cent of Fortune 500 companies rely on Azure today – from live streaming Olympics events to multiplayer online games.
Microsoft continues to deliver innovative features on Azure. “These innovations are just a few of the more than 300 major enhancements we’ve made to Azure in the last 12 months. This rapid innovation across our core areas of differentiation – hyper-scale, enterprise-grade and hybrid- is what gives us the ability to deliver the industry’s most complete cloud – for every business, every industry and every geography,” continued Simmons.
Microsoft Brunei also recently conducted training for the first batch of 15 local ICT partners on October 30 to deliver Microsoft Azure to enterprises in Brunei. In addition, Microsoft is lining up a series of readiness events for local partners and customers in the coming months.
Haniza Zakariya, Country Manager of Microsoft Brunei said, “From our experience, for companies to truly benefit from enterprise-grade cloud services such as Azure and Office 365, new capability is required.
“Also the cloud is dynamic and Microsoft continues to innovate and deliver new services. Microsoft is committed to building capability locally through ongoing training for our partners and customers in Brunei to make that leap to the cloud.”
For more information regarding upcoming events and what the integrated cloud service can do for your business, the public can contact Microsoft Brunei at firstname.lastname@example.org.