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VIVA Bahrain is in advanced stages of negotiation with Microsoft for the latter's cloud computing platform '“ Azure for business, it has emerged.

A statement issued by Microsoft quoted VIVA Bahrain director for technology strategy and control Dushko Kantardjiev as saying that the telecom operator was exploring a handful of services and enablers that would benefit its business, both in terms of support and cost.

'Microsoft Azure is a very viable and feasible option for VIVA and for businesses in general as it offers flexibility, security, reliability and fast time to market,' Mr Kantardjiev said.

The statement was issued after the conclusion of Microsoft's first Azure Summit in Bahrain. Organised in collaboration with EMT Distribution, the Microsoft Azure Summit roadshow kicked off in the UAE and is touring the GCC countries with Kuwait being the next stop.

IT security guru Erdal Ozkaya addressed the audience in Bahrain and spoke about the cloud and Microsoft Azure, different security aspects and customer concerns.

'Microsoft is taking important milestones to show customers that they care about security and about the data hosted on their cloud as part of their aim to provide customers the best experience regardless of the platform they are using,' Mr Ozkaya said.

Microsoft says Azure is a growing collection of integrated computing services for storage, data, networking and an application that helps businesses move faster, do more, and save money.

Leading value added distributor, emt Distribution's CISO Erdal addresses the Microsoft Azure community at the roadshow

DUBAI, UAE - 24th May 2015: emt Distribution, the leading global value added distributor in Middle East today announced that its Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) was among the key speakers at Microsoft Azure roadshow that was held recently at Abu Dhabi and Bahrain.

Ozkaya will also be addressing the Microsoft Azure community that will be gathered at the roadshow in Kuwait on 2nd June 2015.

Azure is the Microsoft cloud platform, which nothing but a growing collection of integrated services--compute, storage, data, networking, and app that help businesses move faster, do more, and save money. It is the only major cloud platform ranked by Gartner as an industry leader for both infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) and platform-as-a-service (PaaS). This powerful combination of managed and unmanaged services lets enterprises build, deploy, and manage applications as per their choice.

Azure supports any operating system, language, tool, and framework-- from Windows to Linux, SQL Server to Oracle, C# to Java. It puts the best of Windows and Linux ecosystems at together to build great applications and services that work with every device. It runs on a growing global network of Microsoft-managed datacenters across 19 regions, giving a wide range of options for running applications and ensuring great performance.

During the roadshow, Ozkaya made a presentation, and discussed the details about Microsoft Azure Security at length. He explained the fundamentals of Azure security, including threat defense, network security, access control, and data protection as well as the commitments Azure makes to safeguard the privacy of customer data.

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Viva Bahrain is in advanced stages of negotiation with Microsoft for the latter's cloud computing platform - Azure for business, it has emerged.

A statement issued by Microsoft quoted Viva Bahrain director for technology strategy and control Dushko Kantardjiev as saying that the telecom operator was exploring a handful of services and enablers that would benefit its business, both in terms of support and cost, said a report in the Gulf Daily News (GDN), our sister publication.

“Microsoft Azure is a very viable and feasible option for VIVA and for businesses in general as it offers flexibility, security, reliability and fast time to market,” Kantardjiev said.

The statement was issued after the conclusion of Microsoft's first Azure Summit in Bahrain. Organised in collaboration with EMT Distribution, the Microsoft Azure Summit roadshow kicked off in the UAE and is touring the GCC countries with Kuwait being the next stop.

IT security guru Erdal Ozkaya addressed the audience in Bahrain and spoke about the cloud and Microsoft Azure, different security aspects and customer concerns.

“Microsoft is taking important milestones to show customers that they care about security and about the data hosted on their cloud as part of their aim to provide customers the best experience regardless of the platform they are using,” Ozkaya said.

Microsoft says Azure is a growing collection of integrated computing services for storage, data, networking and an application that helps businesses move faster, do more, and save money. -

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emt's CISO, Erdal Ozkaya honoured as Microsoft Most Valuable Professional

Erdal picks up Most Valuable Professional Award from Microsoft
Dubai, UAE, 19 April 2015: emt Distribution, the leading international value added distribution company in the ME region is pleased to announce that Erdal Ozkaya has been awarded as a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP). The Microsoft MVP Award is an annual award that recognizes exceptional technology community leaders worldwide who actively share their high quality, real world expertise with users and Microsoft.

In a statement Microsoft stated, "All of us at Microsoft recognise and appreciate Erdal's extraordinary contributions and want to take this opportunity to share our appreciation with you. MVPs are technology's best and brightest, and we are honored to welcome Erdal as one of them."

With fewer than 5,000 awardees worldwide, Microsoft MVPs represent a highly select group of experts. MVPs share a deep commitment to community and a willingness to help others. They represent the diversity of today's technical communities. MVPs are present in over 90 countries, spanning more than 30 languages, and over 90 Microsoft technologies. MVPs share a passion for technology, a willingness to help others, and a commitment to community. These are the qualities that make MVPs exceptional community leaders. MVPs' efforts enhance people's lives and contribute to our industry's success in many ways. By sharing their knowledge and experiences, and providing objective feedback, they help people solve problems and discover new capabilities every day.

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Emt Distribution executive wins award

Middle East-based emt Distribution, a leading international value added distribution company, has announced that its chief information security officer Erdal Ozkaya has received the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award.

The Microsoft MVP Award is an annual award that recognises exceptional technology community leaders worldwide who actively share their high quality, real world expertise with users and Microsoft, said a statement.

An official statement from Microsoft said: “All of us at Microsoft recognise and appreciate Ozkaya’s extraordinary contributions and want to take this opportunity to share our appreciation with you. MVPs are technology’s best and brightest, and we are honoured to welcome Ozkaya as one of them.”

With fewer than 5,000 awardees worldwide, Microsoft MVPs represent a highly select group of experts. MVPs share a deep commitment to community and a willingness to help others. They represent the diversity of today’s technical communities. MVPs are present in over 90 countries, spanning more than 30 languages, and over 90 Microsoft technologies, it added.

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Value-added distribution Emt Distribution, has announced that Erdal Ozkaya, chief information security officer (CISO) at the company, has been awarded a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award.

The Microsoft MVP award is an annual award that recognises exceptional technology community leaders worldwide.

Microsoft stated in a statement that: "All of us at Microsoft recognise and appreciate Erdal's extraordinary contributions and want to take this opportunity to share our appreciation with you. MVPs are technology's best and brightest, and we are honoured to welcome Erdal as one of them."

With fewer than 5,000 awardees globally, Microsoft MVPs represent a highly select group of experts, the company added. Microsoft said MVPs are present in over 90 countries and in over 90 Microsoft technologies.

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