MADRID, June 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- TechEd Europe 2013, Microsoft Corp.'s premier event for IT professionals and enterprise developers in Europe, kicked off today with Server & Tools Corporate Vice President Brad Anderson delivering a keynote speech to more than 4,800 attendees. Anderson announced the availability of preview software for Windows Server 2012 R2, System Center 2012 R2 and SQL Server 2014, part of the next wave of enterprise IT solutions that will enable businesses to break down boundaries across customer datacenters, service provider datacenters and the public cloud. Customers can download the preview software here.
Businesses around the world are betting on Microsoft solutions to embrace cloud computing, empower employees and create new applications. Enterprise customers Telefonica, DDM and ARM Holdings use Microsoft devices and services to reduce costs, improve mobility and fuel business growth.
Telefonica drives global business with hybrid cloudTelefonica, a leading communications provider with operations in more than 24 countries, chose Microsoft as an alternate solution to VMware to run the virtual platform of its tier 4 datacenter, completed earlier this year in Madrid. Beginning in July 2013, Telefonica will begin deployment of Windows Server Hyper-V and SQL Server, with the goal to virtualize more than 80 percent of its IT services and design for expansion into the Windows Azure platform as needed. This deployment will improve Telefonica's business agility and productivity while cutting down IT management and hardware costs.Currently, it can take up to 20 weeks to get equipment into Telefonica's on-premises datacenters. Adrian Steel, European production hub lead and global director at Telefonica, believes betting on Microsoft's Cloud OS solution will improve the company's competitiveness by reducing this timeframe to just one week, helping Telefonica remain a leader in the global market. "We have a strong global reach, and our world-class datacenter in Spain has virtually no downtime, keeping us robust and credible," Steel said. "A global company needs to work quickly, and virtual machines allow us to get services to market faster." The company believes it can attain up to 15 percent cost savings in the next three to five years through this deployment while supporting the company's security and privacy requirements.