Non-profit and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) can access Microsoft data centres, it’s computing and storage power, to develop and run their applications and to manage relationships with donors, volunteers and beneficiaries on cross- platform basis, Microsoft has said.
Microsoft Azure cloud services donation program will see eligible NGO”s credited but will however be required to renew their subscription annually as the service will be converted into commercially available “pay as you go offer,” with discounted rates.
Microsoft Kenya Country Manager, Kunle Awosika said, “We want to empower every person and organisation to achieve more by investing in technology, employees, partnerships, to drive greater inclusion and empowerment of people who do not have access to technology and the opportunities it enables.”
Microsoft Azure’s cloud services help organisations accelerate innovation with integrated intelligence that powers insights and decision-making, supports a broad selection of operating systems, and provides industry-leading security.
With Azure coming online for non-profits, NGO’s can now offer comprehensive and industry-leading donations programme, digitally transform their business, and transform the world.
This ‘Public Cloud for Good’ Microsoft initiative will donate $1 billion in cloud computing resources over the next three years to 70,000 non-profits and NGOs worldwide with the hope to have 10,000 NGO’s in Sub Saharan Africa using these resources within the next three years.
Microsoft also offers an industry-leading donation program which includes free/discounted services including Office 365, Dynamics CRM Online, Enterprise Mobility + Security Suite, Power BI among other.