Microsoft CSP

Microsoft CSPs Expecting Less Conflict, More Azure Consumption

Grazed from Redmond Channel Partner.  Author: Jeffrey Schwartz

Microsoft wants to drive more Azure consumption.

Considering revenue growth has practically doubled every quarter for some time, the Azure business might not seem like a huge problem. It's not about trying to pull ahead of Amazon Web Services (AWS), which by far is the largest cloud provider. Despite the growth of Azure, clearly the No. 2 global public cloud, Microsoft needs to ensure that Google,, IBM and others keep their distance.

For Microsoft, what's perhaps even more important is that the dominance of AWS doesn't become insurmountable. 

IndependenceIT Launches Cloud Workspace Suite 5.1 Featuring Enhanced Microsoft CSP Functionality

Grazed from IndependenceIT

IndependenceIT, the company that unifies cloud application and data management for IT administrators, today announced Cloud Workspace Suite version 5.1. The integrated automation software platform has been enhanced with several new features to facilitate the management and delivery of software defined data centers (SDDCs), workspaces, applications, and data to users anywhere, anytime, and on any device.

As MSPs, CSPs, and ISVs support business efforts to digitally transform their operations, much of their success will follow the deployment of cloud-based workspaces. Rapid adoption of Cloud Workspaces has accelerated in recent years and is expected to skyrocket with recent research showing global sales set to reach US $18.37 billion by 2022. With a focus on cloud enablement for service providers, IndependenceIT has been at the forefront of innovation in this space. Today's release of Cloud Workspace Suite version 5.1 furthers the functionality of its platform with several new capabilities.

Cloud Workspace Suite Software Enhancements

Rackspace Achieves Ten Microsoft Partner Competencies for Managed Services Across Microsoft Technologies

Grazed from Rackspace

Rackspace today announced that the company has achieved seven gold and three silver Microsoft Partner Competencies for capabilities spanning application development, cloud platform support, data management, business applications, mobility and productivity. Microsoft Partner Competencies recognize companies in the Microsoft Partner Network (MPN) for their proven expertise in delivering quality solutions in a specialized area of business.

"Rackspace continues to grow its expertise in Microsoft cloud solutions as these 10 Microsoft Partner Competencies prove, making the company a reliable and long-standing member of the Microsoft Partner Network," said Aziz Benmalek, Vice President, Worldwide Hosting and Cloud Services at Microsoft Corp. "The company continuously strives to deliver positive customer outcomes with service-oriented solutions to meet our joint customer needs."

TierPoint Expands Channel Partner Opportunities as Newly Designated Microsoft Azure Indirect Cloud Solution Provider

Grazed from TierPoint LLC

TierPoint LLC, a leading national provider of hybrid IT solutions, today announced that it has been designated a Microsoft Azure Authorized Indirect Cloud Solution Provider - making it one of less than a dozen US-based managed hosting and cloud providers that have achieved this designation and building on TierPoint's prior designation as a Direct Partner within the Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) program.

"This expanded licensing program opens the door to compelling new opportunities for our channel partners and their clients," said Bob Buchanan, TierPoint Vice President, Channel. "TierPoint partners that are enrolled in the Microsoft Partner Network with Indirect Reseller status can now provide one-stop shopping for Microsoft Azure solutions, increase revenue, and leverage TierPoint's unique and comprehensive mix of hybrid IT services, including cloud design, deployment, and management - all backed by our superior, high-touch service and 39 world-class data centers in 20 geographically diversified markets."

Odin Launches Portal for Microsoft CSP Partners

Grazed from Odin.

Odin today announced it has launched a new portal for Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) partners,, enabling potential partners to access marketing information on a dedicated site. As part of the .cloud Pioneer Program, Odin is one of the first to market with the .cloud top level domain.

By using Odin Service Automation, partners have already delivered more than 1.8 million Office 365 and Exchange business class email seats. Odin Service Automation is one of the first platforms available for partners to automate the end-to-end service delivery, customer management, and billing across Microsoft Azure services, Office 365, the Enterprise Mobility Suite, together with hundreds of other complementary Odin-enabled services. Many service providers have already adopted Odin Service Automation to accelerate their time-to-market in the Microsoft CSP program.