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SingTel to offer Microsoft's Cloud Operating System Network in APAC

Nurdianah Md Nur | Oct. 29, 2014
COSN allows enterprise customers to be assured of seamless interoperability between their Microsoft-based private clouds and SingTel Managed cloud.

Singapore Telecommunications (SingTel) will now be offering Microsoft's Cloud Operating System Network (COSN) to its enterprise customers in the Asia Pacific region.

Aiming to encourage cloud adoption, the solution allows customers to move their data and workload easily between public cloud, private cloud and SingTel's virtual private cloud. This enables them to be assured of "seamless interoperability between their Microsoft-based private clouds and SingTel Managed Cloud," said Lee Han Kheng, vice president of global products at SingTel Group Enterprise in a press statement. "[They can thus] keep their mission-critical data on-premises while harnessing the limitless computing power and storage of cloud on a pay-as-you-use basis."

SingTel Managed Cloud is a hybrid cloud platform that allows businesses to procure, deploy and manage IT resources without the need for heavy investment in servers and maintaining IT systems. As an addition to Singtel Managed Cloud, COSN provides customers the flexibility to run Microsoft applications on SingTel cloud infrastructure to achieve optimal performance, enterprise grade security, resiliency and cost savings. "COSN enables them to innovate faster, deliver new services and capabilities, improve employee productivity and lower costs," said Jessica Tan, Microsoft Singapore's managing director.

COSN is a worldwide consortium of cloud providers that partners closely with Microsoft to offer technically validated, cloud-based infrastructures and application solutions. When asked why Microsoft is providing cloud solutions via COSN, Scott Guthrie, executive vice president of Microsoft Cloud and Enterprise Group, said in a media briefing that enterprise customers are more likely to adopt such solutions if they trust the provider.  Microsoft is thus leveraging on the existing relationship that enterprises have with cloud service providers or telcos to encourage the deployment of Azure.

COSN and SingTel Managed Cloud are hosted in SingTel's data centres in Singapore and Australia to serve the Asia Pacific region. Both comply with local data protection regulations and conform to the ISO27001 information security standard, according to a joint press statement by SingTel and Microsoft.


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