Cloud is key for Microsoft

Microsoft is showing its full line up, from Cloud computing to XBox Kinect at GITEX Technology Week.

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Cloud is key for Microsoft Abu-Ltaif: Microsoft committed to Gulf
By Staff Writer Published  October 9, 2011

Microsoft is showing its full line up, from Cloud computing to XBox Kinect at GITEX Technology Week.

The software titan is demonstrating a range of Cloud computing solutions for consumers and enterprises, which it says will offer increased value, new business opportunities and drive technology advances.

A major focus for the company is Office 365, the productivity-in-the-Cloud service which combines Microsoft Office, SharePoint Online, Exchange Online and Lync Online and delivers them online as a Cloud computing service.

The next version of System Center IT infrastructure and server management suite, System Center 2012, is also making its debut at GITEX. The System Center 2012 IT infrastructure and server management suite includes System Center Virtual Machine Manager, which enables companies to manage their virtual machines and services in public and private Cloud.

Also in the cloud space, Microsoft is showing its upcoming SQL Server database, codenamed Denali, and the company plans to announce its first Cloud Application Platform, Azure, which gives developers on-demand compute and storage to host, scale, and manage web applications on the internet through Microsoft data centres.
Existing Microsoft solutions including IE 9, Windows Phone 7 and Kinect for XBOX 360 are also on show at GITEX.

“GITEX represents an important platform for Microsoft to showcase our technology and product innovation and engage with our regional partners, customers and governments. Events like this give us a great opportunity to demonstrate the tremendous potential for technology to transform the lives of people, to increase business aptitude, to improve government effectiveness and bring about positive change across society,” comments Samer Abu-Ltaif, Regional General Manager, Microsoft Gulf. “The Gulf in particular represents a great investment opportunity for Microsoft and we remain strongly committed to this region.”

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