Microsoft has introduced a new cloud infrastructure to enable business owners deploy cost-saving information technology (IT) solutions that would otherwise be used on equipment. According to the global tech firm, Microsoft Azure will extend business-consumer connection for a growing list of customers.

Organisations and businesses will be in a position to connect with consumers mobile-first to serve the estimated 29.6 million Kenyan internet users. Mobile data subscriptions contribute to 99 per cent of the total subscriptions.

Microsoft’s new cloud technology seeks to address mass data storage and management challenges such as data loss and backlog that often causes system down times. Microsoft Azure operates on new programming language to improve business productivity.

“As data and devices continue to proliferate, there is vast opportunity for businesses to tap into their data to make their applications more intelligent. Through our offerings across applications, data and internet of things (IoT), and cloud infrastructure, we are enabling companies to innovate more easily and rapidly, using the tools and platforms they know and love,” said Microsoft’s executive Scott Guthrie.

With the biggest industry concern being compromise of security through use of cloud computing, Microsoft has announced security centre to enable to help clients manage their entire security from end to end. Azure has a broad range of industry certifications in security.

Cloud computing technology eliminates the need for organisations and businesses to invest in costly hardware, software and networking equipment as well as labour.

“Microsoft will take all the costs that come with setting up IT infrastructure. All a business needs to do is utilise this infrastructure to run their solutions and services by paying a minimal fee towards such use,” said Paul Roy, Microsoft’s technical developer.