Wednesday, 18 November 2015 06:20

Microsoft announces new Azure partners and features customers at Ignite Featured


Microsoft has announced six new Azure CSP partners and provided examples of key customers on the Azure platform in Australia.

While banging the cloud and Azure drum at the Ignite conference yesterday, keynote speaker Brad Andersen named the new CSP partners:

  • Buttonwood Cloud Exchange
  • Rackspace
  • SaaSPlaza
  • Datacom
  • Dimension Data
  • Data#3.

Andersen, corporate vice president, enterprise mobility, pointed to a number of large Australian organisations that are currently on the Azure platform.

“To give one example, the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage has adopted the Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS) to enable their 5,000 workers across the State to work from wherever they choose, knowing they are safe from data loss and security breaches,” said Andersen.

“Another example is Department of WA Sport and Recreation. They began using Azure to take advantage of Office 365 to ensure they had a stable environment for authentication and single sign-on. Now, all of their staff, including those in regional and remote areas, have mobile access to centralised data and services. Thanks to ExpressRoute this takes them straight into the cloud.

“A core attribute of the intelligent cloud is integration. We know many businesses feel a hybrid cloud is important - and, indeed, most organisations already use capacity from multiple clouds. Much of the IT spend directed by Line of Business teams is on SaaS apps and apps developed on the public cloud. Thus, compatibility and integration are key. We've seen how this works in practice with customers, like the insurer QBE.

“QBE operates in a heavily-regulated industry with numerous compliance obligations. The need to carefully abide by these regulations was front and centre as the company selected a cloud vendor. Ultimately, it came down to trust and compliance. With Azure, QBE can conduct its testing and development in the cloud and then, when it switches to customer data, it deploys all that software back into its own data centre.”

The Ignite conference, the first to be held in Australia, continues for the rest of the week.

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Stan Beer co-founded iTWire in 2005. With 30 plus years of experience working in IT and Australian technology media, Beer has published articles in most of the IT publications that have mattered, including the AFR, The Australian, SMH, The Age, as well as a multitude of trade publications.

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