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Microsoft Malaysia updates its cloud service solutions for local businesses
By John Law - on 4 Oct 2017, 4:21pm

Microsoft Malaysia updates its cloud service solutions for local businesses

From L-R: Wan Murdani Wan Mohamad, Director, Enabling Ecosystem, MDEC; K. Raman, Managing Director, Microsoft; and Nigel Cain, Architect Manager, Secure Infrastructure Asia, Microsoft Services.

Microsoft has expanded its cloud service solutions to business owners in Malaysia with the addition of three new services: Azure Stack, Microsoft 365, and SQL Server 2017.

“For Malaysian businesses today, hybrid cloud is a natural progression regardless of size and budgets, to reach their digital ambitions. Many in the industry who have adopted these solutions include UEM Edgenta, Genting Plantations, Malaysian Airlines, Nando’s Doctor2U amongst others,” K. Raman, Managing Director, Microsoft Malaysia commented.

“With a firm ear on the ground, we believe in evolving ourselves to meet their new and evolving requirements of enterprises. As such, we have expanded our suite of products and created customizable solutions to enable businesses in Malaysian businesses today to embrace digital transformation - engage with customers, empower their employees, optimize operations and transform their products.”

Azure Stack is essentially an extension of the company’s existing Azure ecosystem, and according to Microsoft:

“It is an extension of Azure that brings the agility and fast-paced innovation of cloud computing to on-premises environments and enables entirely new hybrid cloud scenarios. It offers consistent hybrid cloud platform, providing an ideal fit for organizations that want flexibility without having to build applications in a different way.”

The second service, Microsoft 365, brings together Office 365, Windows 10, and Enterprise Mobility and Security in order to deliver a complete, intelligent, and secure solution to empower employees. In other words, the new service now allows companies and its workforce to easily access their files and documents quickly and securely, wherever they may be (provided that the place allows for an active connection to the Microsoft Azure cloud).

Lastly, the addition of Microsoft’s new SQL Server 2017 will now provide intelligence to many of Microsoft’s clients via its new data platform. With SQL Server 2017, businesses will now be able to utilize Microsoft’s servers in order to calculate a variety of workloads, including (but not limited to) Advanced Analytics, Business Intelligence, Data Warehousing and OLTP, to name a few.

As part of the launch, Microsoft will be offering new users who sign up today US$200 (~RM840) worth of credit to explore its services, 12 months of popular free services, and more than 25 other services free of cost.

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