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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How to stay informed and engage with the hosting partner community

With your time focused on winning business and servicing customers, we realize it can be difficult to keep up with news and topics that matter to you and your business; and even more difficult to find a place to hear from other Microsoft partners about trends and issues in the marketplace.  To help you stay current,…

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Heading to the Summit? Download the MSHOST17 app!

If you’re heading to the 2017 Microsoft Cloud and Hosting Summit, take a moment to download the MSHOST17 app. Available for all registered attendees, the app gives you up-to-date access to the event agenda, keynote speakers, sponsors and a list of registered attendees–a great way to network and catch up with other Microsoft partners. Here’s how…

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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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Running Database Workloads on Azure: The SQL Server Migration Opportunity for Hosting Partners

Greetings Microsoft Hosting Partners – and Happy Holidays! As we look forward to 2016, I wanted to share some thoughts with you on the many exciting opportunities for you to present new services and offerings to our mutual customers in the coming year. In our last blog entry, we discussed SQL Server 2005 end-of-life and…

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SQL Server 2005 End of Life: The Migration Opportunity for Hosting Partners

Greetings Microsoft hosting partners! My name is Jason Perlow, and I’m a Technology Strategist with the Microsoft Partner Hosting and Cloud Services (PH&CS) team. While some of you may have already met me over the phone or in-person at an event, you might also know me from my writings on ZDNet. I’m now privileged to…

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Microsoft and Cisco Extend Relationship to Expand Cloud Opportunity for Partners 

By Aziz Benmalek, GM Hosting Service Provider business at Microsoft Service providers play a vital role in the technology landscape, providing choice to customers in how they take advantage of new technology advances. Customers today are searching for hybrid cloud solutions – and are shifting how they purchase and use technology. The nature of next-generation…

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The Cloud OS Network – What it means for Microsoft’s Hosting Provider Partners

By Marco Limena, vice president Hosting Service Providers, Microsoft Corporation It’s an exciting time at Microsoft for our hosting service provider partners. Today, we announced the launch of Microsoft’s Cloud OS Network, a select group of more than 25 cloud service providers who have embraced our Cloud OS vision and are deploying hundreds of servers…

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Microsoft and Service Providers Deliver on the Cloud OS Vision Together

Last summer Microsoft introduced our Cloud OS vision.  Simply, our strategy is to provide the most comprehensive approach to cloud computing such that our customers can decide the rate and pace at which they can move to the cloud. The intent is to provide a common set of technologies that they can invest in today…

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