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MAR K E TWATCH

RESEARCH

Microsoft brings cloud services to more countries

To meet the growing demand for cloud computing, Microsoft has extended its Azure platform and

other cloud services to several new geographies, making it operational in 19 regions around the world

by the end of 2014. New global developments include:

U S

Rackspace now supports Microsoft’s

cloud platform, which includes

Hyper-V, System Center, Windows

Server, and Windows Azure Pack, in

all of its US data centres.

AU S T RA L I A

Microsoft is to deliver Office 365 and Dynamics

CRMOnline fromdata centres in New South

Wales and Victoria, Australia by the end of

March 2015. The move follows the launch of

local Azure GEO services in October 2014.

J APAN

Microsoft is extending its public

cloud services to include Office 365

and Dynamics CRM Online in its

data centres in Japan. Azure is also

available in two data centres in the

Japan East and West regions.

CH I NA

Azure HDInsight is now available in China,

makingMicrosoft the first global cloud

provider to have a publicly available cloud

Hadoop-as-a-service offering in the country.

Majority of apps will be on hybrid cloud within three years

Companies of all sizes predict that more than 50% of their applications and services will be deployed on hybrid cloud

infrastructures within an average of three years, according to an Avanade study. However, many are still unable to identify the

basic benefits of hybrid cloud platforms and still consider security, privacy and costs as the main implementation barriers.

Avanade’s Global Study:

Hybrid Cloud – From Hype to Reality pursuing a hybrid cloud strategy by 2015

study, which

surveyed 1,000 global executives, also highlighted that:

42%

of organisations

currently have a hybrid cloud

strategy in place

75%

of C-level executive

s

will prioritise developing a hybrid

cloud implementation strategy in 2015

770

C-level executives

believe hybrid cloud networks would

give their companies a competitive

advantage, allowing them to focus on

core growth opportunities

650

respondents

would immediately downsize all their

data centres in favour of public or hybrid

cloud-based solutions if possible

39%

of companies

believe security, customisation and flexibility

are the key advantages of deploying the

hybrid cloud over public-only models

730

of the companies

that currently have hybrid

cloud infrastructures still need

to implement cloud-native apps

and management platforms