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Travel tech firm moves to Microsoft Azure cloud technology

Trade Arabia

Travel tech firm moves to Microsoft Azure cloud technology

DUBAI, 22 days ago

Microsoft has signed a strategic deal with Illusions, a Dubai-based travel tech firm, to support the transfer of the company’s entire business operating platform onto Microsoft’s cloud technology, Azure, an initiative aimed at enhancing productivity and client satisfaction.

The move to Azure will incorporate the existing system on which Illusions operates to provide services to its global network of clients and also help to pave the way for the future growth of the company’s core business, particularly, its rapidly-expanding online travel exchange, i-World Travel eXchange (iWTX), said a statement.

Tareq Hijazi, regional director, Small and Mid-market Solutions and Partners Group, Microsoft Gulf, said: “Cloud offers great opportunities for our customers and solution partners to provide application and infrastructure capabilities in a dynamic, scalable and secure manner, but more importantly provides a modern platform that helps accelerate innovation and provision off cutting edge capabilities and technologies.

Illusions Online have demonstrated and are still showing that this potential is real and available now.”

Faisal Memon, Illusion’s founder and chief executive officer, said: “Our partnership with Microsoft is of strategic significance to the growth and future of the company. We have for many years supported the global travel industry by providing it with an operation platform which has led to a wide customer network. We therefore chose to move to Microsoft’s Azure Platform for its proven reliability and adaptable infrastructure.

“We have major expansion and acquisition plans on a global scale. The deal with Microsoft will certainly fuel these plans and support our future growth.”

Illusions Online is one of the specialised and leading Microsoft partners in the travel industry. Microsoft has enrolled Illusions Online into the Microsoft Azure High Potential (HiPo) programme, which includes few strategic Microsoft partners and customers world wide with big plans and potential in the cloud.

Microsoft works closely with the HiPo partners and customers, giving them the required business, marketing and technical support, aligning their cloud strategies and roadmaps with Microsoft Azure strategies and roadmaps, to define together the future of the cloud.

Illusions is currently migrating all of its technical and hosting infrastructure onto the Microsoft cloud. This involves a phased transition from traditional hosting environments such as an ISP (Internet Service Provider), which rely on physical servers, network connectivity and power, to virtual cloud-based servers that offer unlimited data storage and power, said the statement.

Microsoft’s Cloud is based in data centres around the world, which will help improve speed and accessibility for Illusions clients regardless of their location.

Its servers are operational 24/7, which will give enough time for the IT team at Illusions to focus their energies on other areas to boost productivity of the company. – TradeArabia News Service

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