Microsoft and MDEC today marked the official launch of Azure Stack, Microsoft 365 and SQL Server 2017 for the Malaysian market to help accelerate the their transition to make their business digitally orientated. The launch underscores Microsoft’s commitment in empowering organizations to make the leap to embrace hybrid cloud environments and enable their digital transformation journey.
The launch was held during the “Enabling Digital Transformation with Microsoft Cloud” event that had participation from industry leaders and decision makers from various sectors.
The solutions presented today are tools for organizations to boost their hybrid cloud strategy to take advantage of modern cloud computing capabilities. In its recent survey of 1200 IT leaders across Asia on hybrid cloud, the cloud usage in Malaysia is expected to be at Hybrid cloud 50%, private cloud 31% and public cloud 19%.
Managing Director of Microsoft Malaysia, K Raman, said, “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. 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 customisable solutions to enable businesses in Malaysian businesses today to embrace digital transformation - engage with customers, empower their employees, optimize operations and transform their products.”
He added the SQL Server and Azure are an already trusted solution by millions for their data and business-related needs. He said the extension of Azure Stack, SQL Server 2017 will further offer rich new applications which will enable better management tools, intelligent applications and advanced analytics that not just reduce cost and increase efficiency but also innovate and enable faster time to market for businesses.
Wan Murdani Mohamad, Director, Enabling Ecosystem, MDEC, says cloud providers are now seen as critical platforms that empower businesses, and on-demand facilities, which are designed to help store all sorts of data on the cloud, are being made more affordable, easier to access, space efficient, and progressively secure. He added that this will further strengthen the ecosystem, enabling it to upgrade itself.
“As cloud is one of the digital ecosystem focus areas for MDEC, we work very closely with all related service providers and relevant stakeholders to advocate and facilitate the delivery of competitive and sustainable ecosystems in promoting and accelerating the adoption such services. Services that Microsoft is rolling out today engages all three pillars of innovation – Infrastructure and Apps; Data and Artificial Intelligence (AI); and Modern Workplaces. These ongoing efforts are crucial in enabling digital transformation and proper migration to the cloud.”
To a question on how will the different players in the market make use of the new offerings, K Raman says that the offerings are available at scale for any entry be it startups, SMB’s or large corporations.
He added that the although the Azure Stack requires upgrades in infrastructure, a small business owner need not make the upgrades to have the full access of the cloud offering from Azure. When they business is ready to scale, they can simply make the upgrade and make the transition seamlessly.
As part of the launch, Microsoft is offering its users who sign up for Azure a $200 worth of credit to explore services for 30 days, 12 months of popular free services and 25+ services free of cost. Microsoft 365’s Fast Track customer service is available as part the subscription – delivered by Microsoft engineers to enable the move to cloud at your own pace. It helps migrate email, content, and light up Microsoft 365 services for new users, deploy and securely manage devices including Microsoft 365 powered devices. There is also a discount of up to 30% to run SQL Server on Linux. Additionally, migrating to SQL Server would entitle businesses to receive free licenses, free training and subsidized assessment and support services until June 2018.