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Microsoft sponsors major open source conference in Malaysia

AvantiKumar | Sept. 29, 2014
The annual two-day event confirms Microsoft's support of the open source sector in Malaysia, said Microsoft Evangelist Dinesh Nair.

Dinesh Nair of Microsoft Malaysia 

Photo - Dinesh Nair, Director, Developer Experience & Evangelism, Microsoft Malaysia at MOSCMY 2014.


By sponsoring the annual Malaysia Open Source Conference 2014 [MOSCMY 2014], technology solutions giant Microsoft said it has reaffirmed its long standing commitment to working with the open source community in the country to deliver innovations and best practices to businesses.

Microsoft Malaysia's director, developer experience & evangelism, Dinesh Nair said the two-day event brought together 300 participants to share best practices and leverage Open Source Software [OSS] to enhance business value and operational efficiencies.

"Microsoft is committed to advancing the company's investment in interoperability, open standards and open source," said Nair "Today, thousands of open standards are supported by Microsoft and many open source environments including Linux and Hadoop, run on our platform. We will continue to engage with the open source and standards communities in a variety of ways, including working with MOSC and many standards organisations."

He said Open Source standards were "an integral part of the Cloud ecosystem, which provides developers and CIOs with the freedom and flexibility they need to operate their business."

"At our core, Microsoft is the productivity and platform company for the mobile-first and Cloud-first world. In the Cloud, we support key standards that provide the building blocks for open, interoperable Cloud services, and we support developer choice of programming languages," said Nair.

A recent IDC study confirmed the increase of IT spending towards Cloud computing. IDC associate vice president for cloud services in APEJ, Chris Morris, said,  "With the number of hosted private Cloud solutions now available from providers that have strong IT service management processes, demand for these offerings is set to grow at rates faster than other Cloud segments."

"In addition, we support data portability and believe customers own and control their data, no matter where it resides," Microsoft's Nair added. "By supporting these standards, we are contributing to and partnering with open source communities to promote interoperability, which makes it easier and less costly for customers to develop and manage mixed IT environments."

 OSS with Cloud

Harisfazillah Jamel, co-founder of the Open Source Developer Community and Chairman of MOSCMY 2014, said: "MOSCMY 2014 marks six successful years of engaging with the Open Source Community and Malaysian businesses on the promotion and utilisation of OSS and Hardware."

"Over the years, we've seen growing interest in OSS implementation and success stories, and we couldn't have done this alone," said Harisfazilla. "This year, we are proud to partner with the likes of Microsoft to bring MOSCMY 2014 to the masses, but our work here is far from over. We will continue to work and partner with open source communities at all levels to bring the latest in OSS developments, solutions and trends in the coming years."

During the conference, Malaysian open source IP-PBX telephony services provider Astiostech's chief technology officer, Sanjay Willie Stephan, said, "Our Open Source telephony solutions provide every PABX function that you will typically find in advanced and expensive commercial systems, with just a fraction of the cost. Moreover, with Azure as the backbone for these systems, you can expect seamless and uninterrupted performance with negligible latency, which as we all know, is a deal-breaker when it comes to real-time traffic management."

 "We've been noticing a certain trend and have been able to capitalize on it through our niche solutions," added Stephan. "We noticed that our customers almost always require a reliable and secure Cloud ecosystem when considering our Open Source solutions. When coupling our solutions with Azure and demonstrating its flexibility and dependability to our customers, the choice becomes clear, making it a no-brainer for our customers. It's a win-win situation really, our customers are satisfied with the service we're providing, and at the same time, we're able to build on our reputation within the industry," said Sanjay.

Also at the conference, Astiostech's customer, Ikhasas, a property development, engineering and turnkey designs specialist, needed scalability and uninterrupted operation to cope with business demands, said Ikhasas's management information systems' manager, Ken Tee.

"With our rapid expansion, we needed a cost effective solution for efficient and reliable communication between our offices," said Ken Tee. "To implement a PBX at every local office would skyrocket our initial setup costs, and we've not even taken into account operational costs yet - each call back to our HQ from our branches is a cost factor too. With Astiostech's Voice as a Service (VaaS) solution, we got the best of both worlds, a reliable service at an affordable price."

Microsoft's Nair commented that the relationship between Astiostech and Ikhasas was an example of what Microsoft expected for businesses in Malaysia. "For a company like Ikhasas that grows fast and aggressively, OSS cloud solutions are the way to go. Microsoft will continue to engage and facilitate interaction between our proprietary development processes and the company's open innovation efforts to foster relationships with its partners and open standards communities."

"As a result of these efforts, customers will have even greater choices and opportunities to bridge Microsoft and non-Microsoft technologies together in heterogeneous environments," he said.


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