Microsoft unveils Technology Center
Microsoft has opened a new US$1 million proof of concept (PoC) facility called Microsoft Technology Center (MTC) at the Dubai Internet city. The MTC is a new facility that will be used to help enterprise customers to envision, plan and validate IT solutions before deploying them at their own sites.
Microsoft has opened a new US$1 million proof of concept (PoC) facility called Microsoft Technology Center (MTC) at the Dubai Internet city. The MTC is a new facility that will be used to help enterprises to envision, plan and validate IT solutions before deploying them at their own sites.
The new centre, will offer a range of services for enterprise customers to test, plan out their own business requirements, design solutions and even replicate their own IT environment in the MTC secure data center based on Windows products.
“DIC is a place where ICT companies come together to explore how technologies can make a difference to the way they operate, and the Microsoft Technology Center reflects this spirit of collaboration,” says Ahmed Bin Byat, director general of Dubai Technology and Media Free zone (DTMFZ).
According to Microsoft, the facility has been designed to replicate almost any customer environment, with over 45 servers running more than 75 processors, a large number of workstations and a two terabyte storage area network.
Microsoft global partners have also been closely involved in creating the center, which took eight months to complete. Fujitsu Siemens (FSC) supplied the hardware, while APC provided the server infrastructure and power supplies and Avocent created the networking infrastructure.
“The alignment of technology investments with strategic business goals is key to the success of any enterprise in today’s fiercely competitive market,” says Dr. Omar Bin Sulaiman, director general of Dubai International Financial Center (DIFC). “MTC provides the best environment for businesses to identify and test the right solutions for the development of their business.”
The center is one of ten MTCs worldwide, although it is the first to serve the region. The center will provide three types of service to customers: envision & strategy briefings, to provide customers with business information on how they can deploy technologies that will create business benefits); architectural design sessions, that will help customers align IT solutions with their business processes and begin developing solutions; and proof of concept workshops, to validate and test solutions.
“MTC has been established to enable Microsoft to work side by side with our enterprise customers to evaluate our technology before they purchase and to aid them in designing a strong architecture, mitigate risk, and ultimately ensure that customers got the right solution for their business,” says Abdullatif Al Mulla, general manager of Microsoft South Gulf.
A permanent staff of three will man the center, while Microsoft Consulting Services personnel will provide technical expertise for the architecture design sessions. Microsoft ISV partners will also be able to use the facilities for projects involving their solutions.
The center has been designed to facilitate a collaborative environment between the software vendor’s customers and partners. It includes an ‘envisioning’ room, a briefing room and two PoC rooms. MTC is also accessed separately from the main Microsoft office, and is fully secured to ensure that customer’s proprietary data and strategies are kept safe.
“Highly interactive sessions are key to the MTC knowledge transfer experience, and customers are exposed to development best practices, receive architectural guidance and see the benefit of .NET connected technologies during their time at the Center. Our goal is to maximise the business value and ensure long term success for customers that chose Microsoft solutions,” adds Al Mulla.
Earlier this year, Sun Microsystems and Tech Access jointly opened a similar US$1 million PoC centre at their DIC office to showcase the vendor’s products and allow customers to test applications and hardware across Unix, Windows and Linux environments.