News Round-up: Office 365 sales training webcasts, Azure updates

Every month, we round up hosting and cloud service provider news you might have missed. Sign up for our monthly Microsoft Hosting and Cloud Newsletter to get the most current news delivered to your inbox.  Join us at Microsoft Inspire Connect with partners, Microsoft employees and industry experts at Microsoft Inspire (July 9–13, 2017 in Washington,…

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'The New Normal': the profound impact of digital transformation on managed services

My role has seen me travel around the world working with partners on developing and building a profitable Cloud business. One of the most common things I have heard consistently is that competition is really heating up and digital transformation is becoming more than just another buzz word for many partners and customers alike. The…

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Are you a problem solver or opportunity finder?

“Results are gained by exploiting opportunities, not by solving problems.” – Peter Drucker Identifying problems is necessary, but understanding why it’s a problem and identifying the opportunity is where the real work lies. Microsoft recently released its annual Hosting and Cloud Study–Digital Transformation Opportunity for Service providers: Beyond Infrastructure. While the title of the study…

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Partner POV | The path of digital transformation starts with MSPs and Azure

If you followed the stream of Twitter updates during the 2017 Microsoft Cloud and Hosting Summit, you likely spotted daily updates  from William Toll, VP of Product Management at Navisite.  We invited William to share his takeaway on the summit and are thrilled to share his insights with the partner community.  Microsoft has always been a…

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This month on Cloud Elevate: Jump-start your cloud business with Microsoft Azure

In October, we introduced Cloud Elevate – the main point of connection for Hosting Service Providers to get timely, critical resources–organized by a monthly theme–to help ready teams, go to market, and win hosting business. In December, we share key resources to support the momentum in Azure Solutions. Let’s explore some of the resources spotlighted on Cloud Elevate to jump-start…

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Azure Pack Connector: Build Hybrid Clouds for your Customers Today

This week, Microsoft IT announced the initial release of Azure Pack Connector. Azure Pack Connector was developed as an Open Source project under the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) License by Microsoft’s internal Information Technology group, in order to better manage hybrid workloads for our various development teams running on private clouds hosted using our…

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Office for multi-tenant Remote Desktop/VDI/DaaS has finally arrived!

In September 2014, Microsoft enabled Shared Computer Activation (SCA) mode in Microsoft Office 365 so that multiple Office 365 ProPlus users could share the same hardware in the following three scenarios: Customer dedicated self-hosted (on-premises) Dedicated third-party hosted Windows Azure environment In response to growing requests from service providers to deploy Office 365 ProPlus in…

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News from PDC10: Muglia announced Windows Azure Virtual Machine role

Last week was PDC for 2010. In Friday’s keynote, Bob Muglia announced a range of new services in the Windows Azure platform, part of which include the new Windows Azure Virtual Machine role.  This functionality does the obvious thing – it allows developers and IT professionals to move existing Windows Server 2008 R2 applications to…

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HostingCon 2009

On August 10 – 12 I attended HostingCon 2009 in Washington D.C. It was a great show and below are some of my observations from the week.  On Wednesday I did a presentation called Microsoft Virtualization to deliver Cloud Services. There were  40+ attendees, which was very good attendance for the show. The session focused…

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Azure Services Platform and Microsoft's Hosting Partners

It’s nice to see so much blog and Twitter activity about Azure today at Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC). People seem to agree that Microsoft is positioning Azure right in terms of price, features, open standards support and tooling. I was hearing a lot of positive comments at WPC around the business model and the…

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