Microsoft Outlines Initiatives for Hosting Providers at the Microsoft Hosting Summit 2009
Microsoft updates hosting strategy and provides tools and resources for partner success.
“During these difficult economic times, hosted services are more important than ever as customers look for ways to reduce cost and increase efficiencies,” said
“The emergence of small and midsize business (SMB) managed hosting is the product of larger, irreversible trends, as large players begin to enter the market and businesses move more of their operations into an online environment,” said
Partner Commitment and Support
In order to be successful and to grow as the industry evolves, it is imperative for hosting providers to offer managed services. Microsoft’s new Dynamic Data Center Tool Kit contains guidance, sample code, best practices and collateral to help hosting providers rapidly build and launch managed services powered by Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V and Microsoft System Center. It provides step-by-step instructions that assist hosting providers and independent software vendors (ISVs) in building a virtualized infrastructure which is scalable in a matter of minutes. In addition, marketing guidance and customizable content in the tool kit articulate how hosting partners can market and sell managed services and solutions. The tool kit will be available to all hosting providers that are enrolled in the Microsoft Hosting Community, an extension of the broader Microsoft Partner Program.
MaximumASP LLC, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner and a provider of Web hosting and IT services based in
“At MaximumASP, we are focused on providing hosting and managed IT services so our customers are able to focus on their core business,” said
Capitalizing on Technology Investments
Server virtualization is becoming a critical step for most hosting providers, as cost savings play an ever more important role in business decision-making. Microsoft offers a suite of products such as Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V and Microsoft System Center that make it easier than ever for hosting providers to take advantage of the cost savings associated with virtualization. Hyper-V enables the consolidation of multiple server roles as separate virtual machines running on a single physical machine, while efficiently running multiple different operating systems — Windows, Linux and others — synchronized on a single server. To simplify the management of a hosting provider’s entire infrastructure, Microsoft System Center is a suite of management systems that lets a company manage both physical and virtual assets for clients and servers, including multiple hypervisors, all with the same platform.
Microsoft has seen broad adoption of its virtualization solutions and management tools among worldwide hosting providers. Ikoula, Layered Technologies Inc., MaximumASP, NetBenefit Ltd., RackForce Networks Inc., Revera Ltd. and Santa Barbara Web Hosting Inc. are a small sample of hosting providers that have adopted and deployed Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V and Microsoft System Center.
“We’re enabling hosting providers to be successful in the new era of software plus services with a reliable platform and broad range of services designed to deliver a compelling, next-generation Web experience,” said
Revera, an infrastructure specialist company headquartered in
“There is a gap in the market for doing server virtualization well but also cost-effectively. Hyper-V is filling this gap,” said
Achieving Cost Savings
Microsoft continues to make partners a top priority in the world of software plus services through programs such as the Microsoft Services Provider License Agreement and the Microsoft Communications Sector Hosting Solutions Competency within the Microsoft Partner Program. The license agreement enables service providers and independent software vendors with a hosted offering to license Microsoft products on a monthly basis to provide services, limiting their upfront capital investment and synchronizing their cost structure with their revenue stream. This week, Microsoft announced several updates to the license agreement. New stock-keeping units (SKUs) for select products will enable partners to license three years’ use of products at a 12 percent price advantage from the monthly price, with no minimum quantity required. In response to partner demand, Microsoft also added two Windows Server Standard 2008 Anonymous SKUs to the SPLA. With the license agreement, Microsoft is uniquely positioned to help its hosting partners and their customers achieve cost savings and greater efficiencies.
Microsoft is committed to understanding its partners’ businesses, and providing them with the right tools and resources to address the pressures and challenges they face. At Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference in July, hosting partners can look forward to additional announcements on how Microsoft is helping them succeed as the industry continues to evolve.
Additional Microsoft Activities at the Microsoft Hosting Summit
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SOURCE Microsoft Corp.