Microsoft partners Umniah for Cloud Computing

Ihab Hinnawi, CEO, Umniah

Microsoft Jordan signed an agreement with Umniah to offer business productivity hosting solutions for increased efficiency in productivity and management, using state-of-the-art Microsoft technology that reduce operational expenses by maximizing the utilization of the IT infrastructure.

Umniah is one of the early providers of hosted cloud services solutions in the region and the first in Jordan based on Microsoft’s leading applications. It will now offer its customers Hosted Microsoft Exchange 2010 and Virtual Private Service (VPS) based on Microsoft Exchange & Hyper-V technologies.

Ihab Hinnawi, CEO, Umniah, stated, “Cloud computing solutions have become imperative to the smooth running of business operations and cost reduction. We are committed to providing this particular solution to our subscribers”.

It claims that the customers will now be able to cut costs by eliminating upfront investment, maintenance and support charges as the services they will be accessing will be hosted on a carrier grade Data Center that guarantees a high level of availability to customer services.

Husni Khuffash, Country Manager, Microsoft Jordan, stated, “Cloud computing is changing the way software is consumed and delivered, offering tremendous potential for efficiency, cost savings and innovation. Microsoft has been leading the way in cloud computing for a number of years now. The benefits that Umniah’s customers will gain from this solution include significantly reducing their IT costs in addition to supporting a far more mobile workplace with access to vital applications and data being available through a comprehensive range of devices, from anywhere and at any time.”

Customers will also have the flexibility to perform basic email administration without referring back to Umniah via a self-care web portal. The new business services available will include desktop and mobile e-mail, calendaring and contacts, instant-messaging, audio and video conferencing and shared workspaces.