To deliver to Filipino students and teachers the most efficient digital learning tools available today, Vibal Publishing House, Inc., the country’s leading provider of solutions for education, chose to run its applications on Microsoft’s Windows Azure cloud
platform to gain more flexibility and faster deployment of its website and applications. Vibal has already begun to reap the benefits of this transition, including faster turnaround of updates for the business, broad compatibility with other platforms such
as PHP, Python, Node.js, and Java, and an improved web browsing and application utility experience for all its customers.
The rise of content digitization and interactivity has propelled Vibal Publishing House, Inc., to expand from its traditional book publishing business into producing digital tools and apps for education. The company has penetrated the technology market with
its array of innovative digital products for learning that includes interactive e-books, multi-platform reading apps, integrated e-bookstores and other enterprise technology solutions for government, private firms, educational institutions and consumer segments.
Given its exciting yet challenging shift to digital, Vibal needed to ensure that the technology it utilizes is fully aligned with its strategy. The company expressed the need to leverage an open source-capable platform that is highly flexible, and deploys
websites and applications faster.
Edixon Yu, Senior Systems Engineer at Vibal Publishing, Inc., said, “We need a platform that can help us respond strategically to trends in IT while also meeting the increasing demands of our users. The platform should enable our products to be experienced
across various platforms. It should also facilitate fast deployment of applications to address the dynamic needs of our customers.”
Vibal was also challenged by potential security threats and malware attacks. Data security is critical for Vibal, whose core business involves online information and knowledge. Further, the presence of malware advertising on its websites, e.g., WikiPilipinas,
is completely disruptive to its visitors’ experience.
“While running the websites with our previous web hoster, we encountered several incidences involving availability issues and flooding of malware ads/spam that appeared on our websites. We implemented a lot of counter measures to solve the spam problem,
but eventually it simply became unmanageable.”
Windows Azure is an open and flexible cloud platform that enables quick development, deployment and management of infrastructure and applications across a global network of data centers. It allows development of applications using any language, tool or framework.
It also offers protection that defends the system from threats.
Windows Azure provides broad support for a wide array of open source technologies, including PHP, Python, Node.js and Java, among others.
Highlighting the flexibility and interoperability of Windows Azure, Yu furthered, “With Windows Azure, we are able to run our existing applications and infrastructure, regardless of development language or operating system, in the cloud without any changes
in code. In effect, we are now able to deliver more creative learning solutions, faster and at lower cost, that can be experienced across a range of devices to further enhance the learning experience.”
Vibal’s use of Windows Azure quickly led to tangible benefits and helped the company become more strategic with its day-to-day processes.
Given that its various learning tools install and run on myriad platforms, Windows Azure offers Vibal the benefit of greater flexibility. Yu said, “Microsoft’s Windows Azure Platform gives us flexibility in choosing the right technology for the job. With
the support for different operating systems and even programming languages, our team doesn’t need to learn new programming languages again and maximizing their skills in delivering the solution for the problem.”
Fast deployment of website and data
Vibal applauded the benefit of faster, on-demand data processing enabled by Windows Azure’s on-the-fly scalability, which has led to more satisfied customers. Yu mentioned, “In terms of deployment, Windows Azure’s support for open source platforms has allowed
us to set up our websites faster than ever. This has resulted in greater efficiency and faster turnaround of updates for the business, as well as an improved web browsing experience as pointed out by our site visitors.”
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