Microsoft Encourages Local Enterprises, Partners to Move to the Cloud

Posted: October 10, 2010 in Tech

Microsoft revealed that enterprises are beginning to adopt cloud services and that the IT industry is already transitioning to the cloud.

“Cloud computing has the potential to accelerate the country’s transition to an innovation-based economy with sustainable job growth, and higher wages and standards of living, as well as enable both public and private sectors to become globally competitive,” said Tovia Va’aelua, Business Group Lead for Server and Tools, Microsoft Philippines.

“This is where the trend is going, and Microsoft is all in. With 15 years in the cloud, and even more in providing business software, we have the experience to deliver solutions that address the concerns of businesses, whether on premise, in the Cloud or a hybrid,” added Va’aelua.

Gartner Research, the world’s leading information technology research and advisory company, defines cloud computing as a style of computing where scalable and elastic IT-related capabilities are provided as a service to customers using Internet technologies.

According to Gartner, the worldwide market for cloud services was worth $58.6 billion in 2009 and will be worth $148.8 billion in by 2014.

“We see a fundamental transformation in enterprises as more IT organizations consider cloud computing adoption,” said Errol Rasit, Principle Analyst at Gartner. “To date, approximately 50 percent of large enterprise IT managers globally have already or planned to invest in cloud computing or cloud services in 2011 and small and midsize businesses (SMB) are beginning to follow suit. In line with the global trend, interest in cloud computing is growing in the Philippines.”

Va’aelua said that there are over 40 million paying users of Microsoft Online Services around the world. With more than 70-percent of Microsoft developers working on cloud-enabling initiatives, the company is focused on evolving its existing products and creating new cloud-based services, taking the needs of the local market into consideration.

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