Datacenter migration updates from Ignite 2018

Microsoft Ignite 2018 took place in Orlando, Florida few weeks ago. It is an annual Microsoft conference for ITPros with more then 700+ sessions and 100+ announcements. Let’s review what announcements are relevant if you are migrating from your datacenter to Azure. First of all, 2 new regions were announced – Norway West and Norway…


Why it is important to create Azure support requests

Why is it so important to create a support request when something is wrong with your workloads in Azure? Imagine a situation – you are a CSP partner, and you’ve just moved workloads of your customer from your or their datacenter to Azure. And in a month something went wrong – VMs are running slow,…


Act now! Migrate your customers running Windows Server and SQL Server 2008/2008 R2 to Azure

  End of support is fast approaching for Windows Server and SQL Server 2008/2008 R2. This is a significant opportunity for our partners to migrate those on-premises workloads to Azure. Now is the ideal time to upgrade, modernize and transform to current versions of SQL Server, Windows Server and Azure services for more security, performance…

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Moving Windows Server and SQL Server licenses from SPLA to CSP

As you may heard, now CSP partners can buy Windows Server and SQL Server licenses on behalf of their customers directly in Partner Center. It became possible because on new functionality in Partner Center, described here. New functionality allows partners, migrating SPLA-licenses VMs with Windows Server and SQL Server to Azure, to switch from SPLA…


Azure CSP Documentation released

I’m glad to announce that Azure CSP documentation was published today as a part of Azure technical documentation. It is accessible using vanity URL: http://aka.ms/azurecsp or using a full URL: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/cloud-solution-provider. Azure CSP documentation provides answers to the most popular partner questions about Azure specifics in Cloud Solution Partner model, including: Which Azure services are…


Migrating Datacenter to Azure – Part 2

This post provides an overview of key technical considerations, actionable recommendations and common pitfalls related to migration of workloads from an on-premises datacenter to Microsoft Azure. The business related considerations were addressed within the Migrating Datacenter to Azure – Part 1. Migrating IT systems and infrastructure to a private or public cloud can be a challenge…


Migrating Datacenter to Azure – Part 1

Background Quite  a while back a Managed Service Provider partner (hereafter referred to as “the MSP”) approached Microsoft regarding migrating one of their datacenter facilities to Azure. The MSP is an experienced managed service provider providing Dynamics ERP, ISV solutions focused on a few industries like automotive, retail and finance. Longer term they are looking…


Identity and Rights Management in CSP model – Part 2

The CSP program is currently rolling out at scale and many service providers are embarking on the journey to provide management infrastructure services for their customers. In addition to the first article about Identity in CSP, we will show more tricks from the field. While the scale is rapidly increasing the ask for operational optimization…


Azure Germany in CSP

Azure Germany in CSP
Azure Germany in CSP

Azure in Germany was launched in 2016, and if you’ve heard about that, you may already know, that Azure in Germany is different from other Azure regions. Azure in Germany is an isolated instance of Azure. It doesn’t connected to other Azure regions. Azure Portal URL is different – https://portal.microsoftazure.de. I recommend to read this article to…


StorSimple in CSP

Azure StorSimple in CSP
Azure StorSimple in CSP

In February a long-awaited Azure solution – virtual StorSimple – became available for all CSP partners. Azure StorSimple is a Hybrid Storage solution from Microsoft. It can be deployed as a physical device or as a virtual appliance, and it uses Azure Storage to store cool data. StorSimple storage is accessible through iSCSI or SMB protocol, so an existing…