Supporting a national economy based on knowledge and fourth industrial revolution, ODP Launches first serverless-computing with Microsoft Azure Stack in the Sultanate

Muscat, 12th February, 2020

Oman Data Park (ODP), the Sultanate's first IT managed services and cloud services provider, rolled out Microsoft Azure Stack services in cooperation with Microsoft Oman and Bahrain at a customer event held at the W hotel this week.

This step has strengthened the process of technological transformation in the Sultanate and supported the technical side of this change. This would also enable the IT revolution in the country to match with the developments taking place in the information technology sector internationally and would enable better efficiencies through its use in the Sultanate.  

The launch of this quality service was part of the efforts aimed at supporting the digital economy, which the countries of the world use in the process of building their economies based on knowledge and the Fourth Industrial Revolution. 

Oman Data Park was established as the first provider of managed services in the Sultanate. Now, it also becomes the first to provide serverless computing in the Omani IT market. 

Maqbool Al Wahaibi, Chief Executive Officer of  ODP said, “We are delighted to bring Microsoft Azure Stack services to Oman. Now any entity in Oman can benefit from this world-class cloud-computing service – be it standalone at a customer’s premises or hosted at our certified data centres. He said that it would automatically be in complete compliance with Oman’s regulatory requirements on data policy and protection.

“The service comes with a wide choice of Infrastructure-as-a-Service options, such as virtual machines, containers, network storage and encryption, as well as Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) offerings such as microservices, database services and app services using this same PaaS platform,” he said.

Al-Wuhaibi further said that with the introduction of serverless-computing in the Sultanate, it will enable economical computing for all immaterial of the size of organization. Furthermore, this and all of the other world class Azure Stack services comes to you with our more than eight years of hands-on experience in providing cloud solutions in Oman, backed by a professionally certified service team.

It is gratifying to be the first in the Sultanate to offer multi-tenanted Azure Stack deployments. I urge both government and private-sector entities to embrace this opportunity to further their business and digital transformation growth.” said Al-Wuhaibi.

Shaikh Saif Al-Hosni, General Manager, Microsoft Bahrain and Oman said, “Oman Data Park has been a driving force in digital transformation across the sultanate. Microsoft is proud to have been a partner in those efforts. Today we stand together to reiterate our commitment to the government, people and business community of the Sultanate of Oman. The ability to engage customers, empower employees, optimise operations and transform products and services could be pivotal in the success of the country’s Vision 2040 journey. Now that ODP can deliver hybrid cloud services and serverless computing, thousands of organisations from numerous industries can innovate with greater freedom, propelling the nation onward to economic prosperity.”

Serverless computing
ODP, currently serving around 500 companies, announced at the event that it would use Microsoft Azure Stack platform to offer Oman’s first serverless computing service. Companies can access computing facilities on a per-use basis.

Through serverless computing, businesses in Oman will have enterprise-grade cloud computing at their fingertips. Those who would adopt it would get benefitted, as rates are based on shared usage and exclude license costs. Customers are charged only for what they use, making the service ideal for non-critical applications.

This server-free method of application is ideal, especially when you need to increase the speed of an application. Instead of weeks and months to publish an application, you can do this within hours and days, and the reason behind this is that you do not have to bother with the infrastructure. You can focus only on Software and launch it immediately. Here, scalability is automatic.

Microsoft Azure Stack
The benefits of Microsoft Azure Stake are gaining importance as an extension of the Microsoft Azure program. It is made by Microsoft to create, test, publish, and manage applications and services through data centers managed by Microsoft.

It is also the best way to utilise the agility and rapid innovation of Azure public services which are compatible with local corporate governance, safety and other regulatory requirements.

Benefits of Azure Stack include data residency. Azure Stack can be used to guarantee the location and condition of sensitive data. Data security is also ensured and sensitive data is protected by some of the most innovative security measures in the industry. Azure Stack accelerates application development and deployment, combining access to the most advanced tools with flexibility of choice over environments. It also offers edge and disconnected solutions that allow users to benefit from the cloud even where connectivity is limited.

For more details about Oman Data Park services related to Microsoft Azure Stack service, including IaaS and PaaS and serverless computing log on to:
https://azurestack.omandatapark.com

About Oman Data Park:
Oman Data Park (ODP) is the leading managed services provider in Oman, with a vision of the future that will see ICT services available on demand. ODP currently runs three data centres, located in Wattayah, Rusail (KOM) and Duqm. These three centres are interconnected to provide resilience, interconnectivity of data, and business continuity. ODP serves more than 500 corporates, ranging from start-ups to major enterprises.

Whether it’s a government, corporate or SME entity, operating in Oman or internationally, ODP is fully equipped to serve. With cost-effective and secure IT services, ODP can lead a business into tomorrow, allowing it to focus on core business activities. ODP’s three Tier 3 data centres provide a diverse set of services, such as co-location, managed cybersecurity services, cloud and disaster recovery.