Photo - Raymond Goh, Senior Technology Advisor for APAC, Veeam Software.
Two new beta solutions are now available to IT professionals in Malaysia to help them better adopt Microsoft's hybrid cloud, said virtualisation and cloud solutions firm Veeam Software (Veeam).
Veeam's senior technology advisor for APAC, Raymond Goh, told Computerworld Malaysia that the two new solutions - Veeam FastFCP for Azure and Veeam Management pack v8 for Microsoft System Center - have been made available in beta to meet increasing demand. "Demand for cloud computing is increasingly steadily in the region, especially in Malaysia, and it's coming from all user levels - from consumers to businesses of all sizes and the public sector."
Earlier this year, the company's vice president, Product Management, Alec King said its expansion into Malaysia and Asia to meet this increasing demand has helped it achieve 45 percent YoY [year on year] global growth in the past financial year.
"There is also a demand for tools that help users easily move their data from local desktops or servers into a cloud data centre - based on, for example, Microsoft Azure," said Goh. "This is why we've announced the availability of the tool called Veeam FastSCP for Microsoft Azure, which will be a free tool for download. The tool provides easy, reliable and fast file copy between on-premises and Azure-based Virtual Machines."
"Also included are other features such as securefile copy through VPN tunnelling, the ability to schedule and ease periodic copies and a wizard-driven interface that makes it very user-friendly," he said.
Lower entry to cloud infrastructure
"What this means for users is that they have a reliable tool they can use for free to start integrating Microsoft's hybrid cloud into their cloud strategy," said Goh, adding that both solutions were expected to have full releases during Q3 2015.
"We hope tools like this will become a catalyst to allow many organisations to start deploying cloud infrastructure at a lower entry barrier and join the Always-On business community. As their needs progress, Veeam also provides more advanced solutions that can help with more complex requirements such as our Veeam Management Pack v8 for Microsoft System Center, which is now available in Beta for download," he said.
Earlier in May, when Veeam offered 'first looks' at the beta solutions during the Microsoft Ignite 2015 event in Chicago, U.S., IDC's research director, Phil Goodwin, commented: "The economics and agility of cloud storage has made it a very attractive target for backup, recovery and even disaster recovery. The biggest challenge, however, is getting data to and from the cloud reliably, simply and economically. Veeam FastSCP for Microsoft Azure is designed to provide that capability in a Microsoft Azure environment."
Microsoft Azure's director of product marketing, Vobhor Kapoor, said, "With Veeam FastSCP for Microsoft Azure, Veeam is helping pave the way for customers and partners to adopt hybrid cloud architectures. Veeam FastSCP for Microsoft Azure, along with Veeam Cloud Connect for Service Providers in the Azure Marketplace, represents significant contributions to the Azure community, allowing customers and partners to easily integrate the Microsoft hybrid cloud into their overall IT strategies."
Asked about business returns to Malaysian businesses, Veeam's Goh said: Our belief is that businesses aren't only going online but are required to be Always-On i.e. access and availability to all applications needs to be 24x7x365."
"This means more and more businesses will be looking to harness the power of cloud computing to deliver better business results - for example, through a more efficient and smarter cloud-based inventory system or running a large consumer-facing e-commerce website. The foundation of these Always-On businesses is to have reliable, modern data centres that ensure data is always available," he said.
"This is why we've launched tools such as Veeam FastSCP for Microsoft Azure and Veeam Management Pack (MP) v8 for Microsoft System Center to help customers more easily adopt Microsoft's hybrid cloud as part of their IT strategy. The final outcome is a better business result, and more satisfied customers," he added.
Registration for the public betas of both new products is available now at Veeam's website.
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