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Singapore cloud solutions provider picks Windows Server

Veronica C. Silva | Oct. 8, 2012
Microsoft customer will build Tier 4 data centre in Singapore

A cloud solutions provider in Singapore has recently chosen Microsoft Windows Server 2012 as it starts to build its Tier 4 data centre in the country.

AWAN Computing, which plans to offer cloud-based solutions in the region, said it picked Windows Server 2012 after testing it against competitors' similar products.

Microsoft said that during the test deployment Windows Server 2012 showed a 23 percent improvement in virtual machine density over competitors.

Peter Sim, vice president, Sales & Marketing, AWAN, said this improved density can generate for the AWAN 23 percent higher revenues.  "Windows Server 2012's powerful management features also means that we can operate a high-density and high-availability data center with lower operational costs," Sim added.

Windows Server 2012 also offers AWAN scalability and high availability with the Microsoft cloud OS.

Microsoft said the AWAN deployment is the first in Singapore, only a few weeks after the new software was announced.

Cloud OS  

At the launch ( of the Windows Server 2012 last month, Microsoft said it is delivering its Cloud OS based on the Windows Server and Windows Azure. "With Windows Azure and System Center, Windows Server 2012 empowers customers to manage and deliver applications and services across private, hosted and public clouds," said Microsoft.

Harish Aitharaju, lead for Server & Tools Business, Microsoft Singapore, said the new Windows Server can help companies of different sizes to take advantage of the benefits of cloud computing.

"It [Windows Server 2012] redefines what a server operating system is and does, offering hundreds of new features and important advancements in virtualisation, storage, networking, and automation. With Windows Server 2012, customers can now achieve a transformational leap in the speed, scale and power of their data centres and applications," Aitharaju added.

AWAN plans to have its data centre operational by yearend with a second phase of expansion scheduled by July 2013. By this time, AWAN expects its data centre to be Tier 4 data centre certified by the Uptime Institute Tire Standard in Asia. As a Tier 4 data centre, AWAN will be able to offer full redundant capabilities for 99.999% availability.

The planned state-of-the-art data centre will be able to offer enterprise-class VDI (virtual desktop infrastructure), Software as a Service (SaaS), and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) to regional businesses.


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