Small & Medium Business Backs The Cloud

Europe may be in the grip of an economic crisis, but the region remains, in many ways, fertile ground for young or small companies. Despite the prevailing pessimism dominating headlines, there are a host of positive initiatives aimed at start-ups recently, from the European Commission’s proposed new regulation that’s designed to make it easier for venture capitalists to lend money to start-up businesses, to a new scheme aimed at helping small and medium sized businesses (SMBs) get loans for R&D.

Things aren’t all bad. The results of a new study commissioned by Microsoft, found that across the 2,100 European SMB owners suggest encouraging signs of optimism

Microsoft Office 365 Goes Live Worldwide 

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced the worldwide availability of Microsoft Office 365, Microsoft’s next-generation cloud productivity service for businesses of all sizes. Office 365 is now available in 40 markets, with global service providers planning to bring the service to their customers and integrate it into their existing offerings and market the service for millions of small and medium-sized businesses around the world.

Office 365 brings together Microsoft Office, Microsoft SharePoint Online, Microsoft Exchange Online and Microsoft Lync Online in an always-up-to-date service at a predictable monthly cost. Since its limited beta launch last year, more than 200,000 organisations have signed up to begin beta testing – making it one of Microsoft’s largest beta programmes for businesses.

As a Microsoft Cloud Partner we can advise on Office365 and its suitability for you and your organisation.

Microsoft Expands EMEA Data-Centre

Microsoft today announced that it is investing an additional US$130 million to expand its data centre located in Dublin, Ireland. The expansion is driven by increased demand for Microsoft’s cloud services. This investment builds on the original $500m investment Microsoft made in the Dublin data centre, which has been operational since July 2009, serving customers across Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

During a visit to Dublin, Peter Klein, Chief Financial Officer, Microsoft Corporation said “This investment shows where we are placing our bets for the future. As customers embrace Microsoft cloud services such as Office 365, Windows Live, Xbox Live, Bing and the Windows Azure platform, we are investing in regional cloud infrastructure to meet their needs.”

Microsoft Wins Best Cloud Service Award

Having been judged by an independent panel of industry experts, the awards were presented to attending winners at the 3rd annual Cloud Computing World Forum on the 21st June 2011, Olympia, London.

Since the Windows Azure platform became generally available over a year ago, it has been adopted by customers across 41 countries. These customers are creating new services and gaining greater efficiencies as they take their companies to the cloud, enabling them to able to address customer needs quickly with innovative solutions that are cost effective and reliable.

“It’s fantastic for us to see this type of recognition for the Windows Azure platform. We’re seeing companies creating business solutions in record times, reinforcing the new possibilities created by the cloud,” said Michael Newberry, Windows Azure lead, Microsoft UK.