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18 September 2012
A strategic partnership to guide Italian companies through a process of innovation in line with business priorities.
At the Italian launch of Windows Server 2012, Microsoft and Cluster Reply announced an international partnership for Hybrid Cloud, so extending the existing relationship, which has seen the companies collaborate over many years to offer strategic consultancy and advanced technology solutions that meet the business needs of companies of all sizes and in all sectors. Through the Microsoft Corporation international alliance programme, Cluster Reply is already working on a number of projects, applying Microsoft’s Hybrid Cloud technologies to deliver very real support to Italian companies undergoing a process of innovation, and providing all the flexibility of Microsoft’s Cloud OS and hybrid model.
In line with the objectives of the partnership, Cluster Reply is transferring its own internal enterprise social networking platform, TamTamy, to Microsoft’s Hybrid Cloud. TamTamy, which is used by over 3,000 Reply Group employees every day and which is already integrated with SharePoint for content management, will take advantage of the great flexibility offered by the Private Cloud created by Windows Server 2012 and System Center 2012, as well as the scalability and reliability of the Windows Azure platform, to enable the ‘on-premise’ components and those in the ‘cloud’ to operate together transparently and in pure hybrid mode.
"We are excited about the further development of our existing partnership with Microsoft, since Hybrid Cloud represents both a great challenge and a great opportunity; one which will enable us to satisfy the needs of clients, helping them to opt for the public or private cloud, according to their business priorities," comments Marco Cusinato, Executive Partner of Reply. "So we can best satisfy market requirements, we have developed the skills necessary to provide 360° consultancy; and the development of our own Cloud offering is a part of this".
"We are proud to be collaborating on Hybrid Cloud with an experienced, highly skilled, international partner like Cluster Reply. The international alliance between Microsoft and Cluster Reply represents strategic, operational support for the development of Hybrid Cloud in Italy; and we are sure that the skills developed by Cluster Reply will enable them to effectively support companies undergoing a process of innovation," explains Luca Venturelli, Director of the Server & Cloud Division of Microsoft Italia. "Hybrid Cloud combines the familiarity and flexibility of the private cloud with the potential and availability of the public cloud and allows applications to be managed effectively and transparently, in line with company priorities. Companies must carry out a preliminary analysis of the principle components to be migrated to the Cloud; and then define a roadmap which can be carried out quickly and cost-effectively. We are confident in the very real support that Cluster Reply can offer customers in this area".
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Cluster Reply is the Reply Group company specialising in Microsoft-related consultancy services and system integration. It helps customers to achieve their projects, combining excellence and innovation with a knowledge of Microsoft applications, technologies and infrastructures. Thanks to its skills and extensive experience, Cluster Reply is able to intervene in all phases of system planning: from the initial assessment, through the analysis required, and the architectural definition, taking account of functional and technology requirements, to the development, deployment and evolution of the resulting systems. Cluster Reply has one of the main centres of competence in Italy, as Microsoft’s National System Integrator and a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner
TamTamy™, the Social Network platform developed by Reply, satisfies the different needs of Social Media usage in a company environment, making available a range of technologies, functionality and tools designed to be used in a strategic business context. Typical examples of how TamTamy™ is used include internal and external company relations, development support and in managing participatory events. www.tamtamy.com