Microsoft may not have a significant presence in the Asian mobile sector, but a new partnership with NTT could give them a strong foothold in the area and the new worldwide emerging market of cloud solutions. According to the South China Morning Post, Microsoft Hong Kong, and Japanese telecommunication company, NTT have paired up to provide hybrid cloud solutions to businesses in Hong Kong.
The partnership will leverage Microsoft’s Azure public cloud, NTT’s information and communications technology infrastructure and NTT’s private cloud, allowing Hong Kong businesses to adopt a hybrid solution combining both public and private clouds to customize the storage of data.
The result of the NTT-Microsoft partnership will be the “Hybrid Cloud Resilience Solution”, allowing companies to store sensitive data in a private cloud while running applications on the public cloud, thereby freeing up businesses from having to spend money on building their own back-up and storage solutions.”
So, where China was late to mobile but surpassed other nations by the regions sheer volume, it seems when it comes to cloud solutions, history may repeat itself. Microsoft’s latest strategic move could have it centered on the explosive use of cloud solutions in the areas similar to its Windows XP and 7 usages if the company can manage to retain the somewhat positive relations it has in the area.
As with most things China, Microsoft’s partnership isn’t being marked as runaway deal due to the level of perceived regulations for the region. Microsoft, NTT, and the Chinese government will have work together closely to educate businesses (particularly finance and public sector jobs) as to how to best make use of the cloud while adhering to regional requests.
Again, if Microsoft’s NTT partnership can be executed to levels hoped for, Microsoft may find themselves with a decent size cloud solution market thus far unchallenged by its constant competitors Google and Amazon.