SHENZHEN, CHINA 15 DECEMBER 2010 - Microsoft Hong Kong and Hutchison Global Communications (HGC) have signed a memorandum of understanding on a strategic collaboration.
Both companies will work towards making the benefits of cloud computing readily accessible to different business segments in Hong Kong including small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and the education sector.
Partner-hosted cloud services
HGC, the fixed-line operation of Hutchison Telecommunications Hong Kong Holdings, will become the first strategic partner of Microsoft Hong Kong as well as the first operator in Hong Kong to provide partner-hosted cloud services with its data centres in Hong Kong.
The company will leverage Microsoft's latest cloud technologies to deliver these services that will enable customers to enjoy cloud performance that combines the strengths of the two companies.
As per the agreement, HGC's data centres in Hong Kong will use Microsoft technologies, including Microsoft System Center, Windows Server virtualisation and the Dynamic Data Center technology.
Microsoft technologies will enable HGC to build a scalable and virtualised infrastructure on its high-speed fibre-to-the-building (FTTB) network. It will also help HGC to provide its customers with cloud services and value-added services, such as on-demand virtualised servers and platform resources, clustering, network, and storage.
In addition to providing cloud services to SMEs and non-government organisations (NGO) in Hong Kong, HGC and Microsoft will provide tailored cloud services to address the needs of corporate customers.
Customers will greatly benefit from this collaboration in the form of cost savings by off-loading IT management and maintenance to HGC and paying only for on-demand services.
Microsoft is going full force with cloud computing, having already invested US$2.3 billion in 2009 alone, said Peter Yeung, general manager of Microsoft Hong Kong. We share a common vision and belief with Hutchison Global Communications that the benefits large organisations are already experiencing from the cloud should be shared with smaller businesses. HGC's cloud services will complement our existing cloud offerings, and will transform the way small businesses and organisations adopt and consume IT for their own operations.
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