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Microsoft Philippines Introduces Windows Server 2016 to Help Philippine Business Leaders Prioritize Hybrid Cloud

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Microsoft Philippines recently introduced Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016 to help Philippine business leaders prioritize and accelerate the move towards hybrid cloud. This was revealed during the Microsoft survey recently presented for business leaders so that they can move towards a digital transformation of their enterprise with a clear hybrid cloud strategy without sacrificing control or security.

Since the dawn of Windows NT, its nascent server solution for local area networks, Microsoft has always played a vital role in transforming small, medium and large enterprises into the fast-paced information technology world. With the entry of the internet and the world wide web, most of the business-oriented web sites and online solutions have been running on Windows server versus the less expensive and often free Linux server solutions, the latter of which is more challenging to manage and maintain.

However, there are still legacy systems in existence and many local and wide area networks continue to be the major IT structure of large enterprises. A hybrid cloud over the public or private cloud solutions is something that garnered more interest, with enterprise decision makers making the shift to modern cloud-based IT infrastructure to achieve their digital business needs.

Sixty percent of the top 1,000 Asia Pacific corporations plan to have digital transformation – to prioritize the shift to a hybrid cloud – as the center of their corporate strategy by 2017.

Thirty-one percent of the Microsoft survey respondents in the Philippines are already implementing hybrid cloud installs and this is expected to increase to 46 percent in the next 12 to 18 months. In addition, 45% are (still) using private clouds while 15% are using purely public clouds. The study also reveals that none of the respondents will be increasing investments in private- or public-only cloud solutions, but are seriously considering the hybrid approach.

On the average, there are about 400 apps being operated and managed per organization in the Philippines compared to only 340 in the Asia Pacific region. These entities spend 50% of their time maintaining these apps, including managing compliance and operation issues. Another 26% of their time on developing new digital capabilities, and 24% working with the leaders of their organization on digital transformation endeavors. This only means respondents from the Philippines are spending more time optimizing operations than engaging customers or empowering employees, including less time in innovating new products and services.

The top three skills needed in most organizations are security (65%), data analytics (58%) and cloud app management (57%). Security is always a top need because of the forever-going malware, data theft, and even employees connecting their personal devices into the business network.

In the Philippines, 72% of respondents say they need to invest more in IT security solutions and services, and 61% agree on the need to reduce complexity of managing the increasing portfolio of IT security solutions and services.

Having said all of the above, the best bet for Philippine business leaders is to implement a hybrid cloud strategy because of the country’s fast-growing consumer economy, eyeing the latest digital tools to keep up with competition. However, the challenges posed include additional investments and time required to fulfil digital transformation. Yet, 8 out of 10 IT department heads say they would prioritize an integrated hybrid cloud that is not too much far away from the management tools used in private and public clouds.

While 83% of the respondents from the Philippines say they would be comfortable hosting all their business applications on the public cloud in the future, they only want to use basic applications such as email (74%) and customer facing applications (43%). In fact, only 22% of respondents are using the cloud for application development and operations.

Herns Hermida, Microsoft Philippines Cloud & Enterprise Business Lead:

“Hybrid cloud is a natural progression for all enterprises in the Philippines, regardless of size and budgets, to digitally innovate their processes to make their businesses highly competitive. The cloud holds rich new applications which will enable better management tools, intelligent applications and advanced analytics to not just reduce cost and increase efficiency but to also innovate and enable faster time to market. As such, it can’t be ignored but it needs to be managed.”

“There are four areas where businesses need to step up to enable digital transformation. First, they need to get up to speed with the modern tools of managing increasing security and complexity. Second, gain control of your infrastructure with software management tools spanning across public, private, and multiple branded clouds. Third, move quickly to an integrated hybrid cloud which will allow them to benefit from the best of both worlds. And last, they need to drive more sophisticated workloads in the cloud to innovate, shorten time to market and maximize the potential which new digital technologies have to offer.”

This is where Microsoft Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016 come into play.

Windows Server 2016 is already a cloud-ready operating system. It supports any current workload while introducing new technologies that make it easier and safer to transition to cloud. It includes advanced multi-layer security to prevent cyber-attacks and detect suspicious activities; software-defined compute, storage and network features inspired by Azure; and a cloud-ready application platform to deploy and run existing and cloud-native applications.

System Center 2016, on the other hand, makes it easy for organizations to deploy, configure and manage virtualized, software-defined datacenters and hybrid cloud infrastructures. The new capabilities include the ability to meet the most demanding business requirements, providing support for everything from provisioning the physical and virtual infrastructure to IT process and service management. When complemented with Operations Management Suite, organizations will be able to effectively simplify and manage multiple cloud solutions from a single console.

You can start now by trying out the System Center 2016 evaluation, Operations Management Suite as well as downloading the Windows Server 2016 Evaluation.

About Microsoft

Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) is the leading platform and productivity company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world, and its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

Microsoft Philippines, the local subsidiary of Microsoft Corporation, has been constantly bringing innovation and making its technology available to Filipino businesses and individuals since 1995. As a committed and trusted partner in nation-building, Microsoft Philippines has made it its mission to fuel growth and healthy communities, as well as transform locally-based businesses and empower them to compete in the global economy.

Source: Press release from Microsoft Philippines/Dominguez Marketing Communications, Inc.

Photos by @raffypekson and from source.

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Written by Raffy Pekson II

November 25, 2016 at 6:08 pm

Posted in ICT, Press Release

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