IFS ERP Embraces Windows Azure Cloud

For a long time, IFS customers in highly regulated industries such as defense and utilities have been averse to cloud enterprise resource planning (ERP) deployments, but the sentiment seems to be changing slowly. At the recent IFS World Conference 2013 in Barcelona, IFS announced that its component-based extended ERP suite IFS Applications 8 has been tested and certified for deployment on Microsoft’s Windows Azure cloud.

As enterprises increasingly become comfortable with moving workloads such as e-mail, collaboration, and regular office productivity applications to public clouds, IFS is responding to a growing interest for running business applications in the cloud by certifying and supporting IFS Applications on Windows Azure. Once those “edge” applications like e-mail or Active Directory are managed in the cloud, it becomes even less cost-effective for IT departments to justify the ERP support on the premises.

By certifying IFS Applications on Windows Azure, IFS gives its customers the choice to deploy IFS Applications on premise or in the cloud. The certification also enables deployment of IFS Applications in a private cloud using Microsoft’s Windows Server Hyper-V. Windows Azure will also be used by IFS as a platform as a service (PaaS) for the vendor’s future cloud apps development.

Certification and support for Windows Azure cover the full core IFS Applications 8 suite. IFS has verified IFS Applications performance on Windows Azure to be on par with the performance of corresponding on-premise servers and storage solutions. The mobile IFS Touch Apps and IFS Metrix Service Management have already been offered as true cloud solutions.
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