During the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference 2010, Microsoft Corp. highlighted market opportunities for hosting and communications service providers as adoption of cloud services among small and midsize business (SMBs) continues to rise. Microsoft is helping service providers take advantage of those opportunities through its software, services and programs that enable them to become trusted advisors and full-service IT providers to businesses. According to Microsoft’s global SMB IT and Hosted IT Index 2010, a survey of nearly 3,200 SMBs across 14 countries, awareness of hosted services is increasing with 65 percent of SMBs using hosted software to some extent, while 73 percent of the remainder have considered it, compared with only 44 percent in the 2008 index.
More information on the hosting resources, including the Dynamic Data Center Toolkit, is available at http://www.microsoft.com/hosting/dynamicdatacenter/Home.html
Information for hosting providers interested in partnering with Microsoft is available at http://www.microsoft.com/hosting/en/us/default.aspx