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Agents of Change: Microsoft

Jack Loo | Jan. 30, 2013
Singapore’s IDA unveiled its Infocomm Technology Roadmap outlining nine technology trends that will shape the future. We asked various enterprise IT heavyweights for their perspectives on the Roadmap, and next up, we have Microsoft.

Cloud Computing

As such, cloud computing is driving a massive transformation in the IT industry, giving customers the opportunity to move faster, innovate for their businesses with more focus and to reduce costs. Policy, security, identity, mobility, storage and support are key challenges today, which Microsoft is fully aware of and is able to provide solutions for.

Devices and data are growing at an exponential rate; so are applications. Such connectivity with multiple devices has created a huge demand for servers that host continuous cloud services. One must now manage the scale, scope and the range of the infrastructure, even as IT managers must do more for less today.

AWAN Computing, a cloud-based infrastructure solutions provider in Asia, deployed Windows Server 2012 with Hyper-V in its upcoming Tier 4 data centre in Singapore.  Windows Server 2012 powers AWAN's data centre to have capacity for 9,000 virtual machines by end December 2012, with the ability to scale up to more than double the number by mid-2013. 

AWAN has chosen Server 2012 after a thorough live test deployment of Windows Server 2012 against competitors. During this test deployment, Windows Server 2012 showed a marked 23 percent improvement in virtual machine density over competitors.

AWAN was also impressed by the scalability and high availability of the Microsoft cloud OS software, which provided a management environment that allowed it to automate and centrally control server monitoring, management, load balancing, resource metering and billing, and every other aspect of data centre operations so that it could maintain a small staff count and low operating costs.

Cyber Security

In 2012, Microsoft marked a 10 year milestone in its Trustworthy Computing (TwC) initiative launched by Bill Gates. While we marked a noteworthy milestone, we also introduced its vision for how TwC will evolve in the next lap in a vastly complex digital world.

Today, computing is marked by a myriad of devices, global services, and Big Data.  Over the last 10 years, we have witnessed the rise of the Internet citizen with members of society connected through email, instant messaging, video-calling, social networking, social searching, and a host of web-based and device centric applications. We now live in a world where humans are more connected by and reliant on computing technology than ever before.

While this new world creates great opportunities, we are faced with both old and new challenges. While the security of the power grid, the global financial system, and other critical infrastructures have long been of concern, new threat models involving persistent and determined adversaries and the specter of cyber warfare have raised new challenges for computer security professionals. 

The proliferation of connected devices and a massive increase in the amount and types of data available for collection, analysis and dissemination have strained traditional rules to protect privacy. And with people dependent on devices, cloud services, and anytime/anywhere access to their data, the reliability of information systems has taken on greater importance.


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