KUALA LUMPUR, 31 MARCH 2009 To help drive entrepreneurs, Malaysian hosting firm Exabytes Network (Exabytes) has become Microsoft BizSpark's first hosting partner in the country.
Exabytes chief executive officer, Chan Kee Siak, said this move to join the Microsoft BizSpark community will help provide hosted servers, which will make BizSpark service providers licence agreement (SPLA) software licences more accessible to Malaysian start-ups.
Microsoft Malaysia director of local software innovation, Peter Tam, said signing on the hosting partner marks the next phase of BizSpark's investment, above the RM300 million (US$82.25 million) already pledged over the next three years, into the local software economy. This partnership will provide start-ups access to free hosted production licences for up to three years, which will promote greater development of Web-based software solutions and offerings over the Internet, he said.
Established in 2001, Exabytes Network has more than 22,000 active customers from all over the world.
Microsoft BizSpark is a three-year programme made available to technopreneurs and start-ups that have formed private companies developing software-based products or services and have been in business for less than three years with an annual revenue of less than US$500,000 or RM1.75 million.
BizSpark opens up new global marketplace
There is still great potential surrounding the use of the Internet and we are essentially opening two doors with this phase: offering new start-ups the opportunity to create fresh and exciting Web-based applications and existing ones the chance to scale their businesses and efficiently deliver products and services to a global clientele, said Tam. Either way, together we are developing the local software economy through intellectual property (IP) creation, entrepreneurial development and revenue generation, he said, citing that starts-ups are proving to more innovative than ever before.
Tam added that this announcement meant that Penang-based Exabytes is one out of only 25 worldwide, which are qualified to be BizSpark Hosting Partners to date. The company's success is a testament to the potential of the vibrant software industry in Penang, which has recently thrown its support behind the BizSpark programme as one of the key catalysts for capacity-building and development of the state's software economy.
Penang has got the right conditions to boost its software industry and the Microsoft BizSpark programme will bring much value to Penang's effort in this area, said investPenang's executive committee chairman Dato' Lee Kah Choon.
This appointment as a BizSpark Hosting Partner is also a major milestone for Exabytes as it not only opens us up to a whole new global market of the BizSpark startup community worldwide, but enables us to play a significant role in developing Malaysia's software industry as a BizSpark Hosting Partner, said Exabyte's Chan.
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