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Microsoft Announces New Cloud Opportunities for Partners PR Newswire TORONTO, July 10, 2012 - New guidance, training and programs for Windows Server 2012 and Windows Azure unveiled at Worldwide Partner Conference TORONTO, July 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- During the second day of Microsoft Corp.'s annual Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC), top executives from the company announced new training, tools and other programs that enable partners to deliver compelling new cloud services to their customers. Satya Nadella, president of the Server and Tools Business, announced a community technology preview (CTP) of new technologies that enable hosting service providers to use their Windows Server data centers to deliver capabilities consistent with services running in Windows Azure. In addition, he announced a new program that gives partners guidance, training and software tools to help customers transition from VMware's virtual infrastructure to Microsoft's cloud. "We've taken everything that we've learned from running data centers and services at a global scale to usher in the new era of the cloud OS," Nadella said. "Microsoft offers partners modern yet familiar technology to meet customer demand on their path to the cloud." With the new CTP, hosting service providers can offer customers turnkey cloud services, including high-scale websites and virtual machine hosting with an extensible self-service portal experience.

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Microsoft Announces New Cloud Opportunities
for Partners
PR Newswire
TORONTO, July 10, 2012
- New guidance, training and programs for Windows Server 2012 and Windows
Azure unveiled at Worldwide Partner Conference
TORONTO
,
July 10, 2012
/PRNewswire/ -- During the second day of Microsoft
Corp.'s annual Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC), top executives from the
company announced new training, tools and other programs that enable
partners to deliver compelling new cloud services to their customers.
Satya Nadella, president of the Server and Tools Business, announced a
community technology preview (CTP) of new technologies that enable hosting
service providers to use their Windows Server data centers to deliver
capabilities consistent with services running in Windows Azure. In addition, he
announced a new program that gives partners guidance, training and software
tools to help customers transition from VMware's virtual infrastructure to
Microsoft's cloud.
"We've taken everything that we've learned from running data centers and
services at a global scale to usher in the new era of the cloud OS," Nadella said.
"Microsoft offers partners modern yet familiar technology to meet customer
demand on their path to the cloud."
With the new CTP, hosting service providers can offer customers turnkey cloud
services, including high-scale websites and virtual machine hosting with an
extensible self-service portal experience. These capabilities, which run on
Windows Server 2012 and Microsoft System Center 2012, will offer hosting
providers some of the same experiences and services recently announced by
Windows Azure. Go Daddy, the largest global Web hoster, is piloting these new
capabilities to deliver new cloud services for customers.
"Customers view Go Daddy as an IT partner with which they can grow," said
Scott Brown, vice president of Product Development – Hosting, at Go Daddy.
"These new capabilities give customers a seamless path to expanding their
online presence. In addition, the improved site performance, scalability and
availability all lead to a more enjoyable experience for our customers and their
visitors."
In addition, the new program announced on stage, Switch to Hyper-V, will allow
partners to grow their virtualization, private and hybrid cloud computing
practices while also helping customers improve IT agility at a lower cost with
Microsoft's cloud infrastructure.
Already, partners are making significant progress in helping their customers
with this transition. Microsoft Gold Certified Partner FyrSoft recently helped
Iowa
-
based Pella Corp. migrate nearly 100 percent of its VMware infrastructure
— nearly 700 VMware virtual machines — to Hyper-V, moving the company
beyond virtualization to a private cloud solution. With the Microsoft private
cloud,
Pella
has evolved its business while reducing IT costs and improving
efficiencies. Server and Tools Business Corporate Vice President Takeshi
Numoto further details partner opportunities in the era of the cloud OS on a
blog published today, and more information can be found here.
In addition, in a keynote that further reinforced how Microsoft is working with
its partners to transform businesses throughout the world, Microsoft Business
Solutions president Kirill Tatarinov highlighted the incredible opportunity in the
year ahead for partners focused on selling business solutions based on
Microsoft Dynamics.
"Microsoft brings together technologies in a way that no other company can
match," Tatarinov said. "Microsoft Dynamics takes full advantage of the
amazing innovations Microsoft is delivering, and we're actively supporting our
partners in developing and delivering a complete, modern, flexible and cloud-
based business solution to grow their businesses. There's never been a better
moment to be a Microsoft Dynamics partner."
With a renewed focus on building enterprise partnerships, Microsoft announced
new global independent software vendors that are choosing or extending their
solutions across Microsoft Dynamics. Companies such as Campus Management
Corp., Cenium Inc., Cincom Systems Inc., PROS Pricing and Technosoft that are
industry leaders in their markets are embracing the Microsoft Dynamics
solutions to expand their offerings and in some cases as the core foundation on
which to build their unique industry-focused solutions. For instance, global
hospitality and hotel solution organization Cenium is extending its Microsoft
Dynamics-based business offerings in areas such as property management,
procurement, human resources and point of sale; and Campus Management, a
leading provider of enterprise software solutions for higher education, is
planning to expand global reach by leveraging Microsoft Dynamics AX and
providing institutions of any size or complexity more choices when it comes to
student information systems and enterprise resource planning solutions.
Other keynotes included the following news and momentum updates from
Microsoft senior executives:
Thom Gruhler
, corporate vice president of Windows Phone Marketing, took the stage
to demo Windows Phone 8 and highlight that Windows Phone is now a true extension
of the Windows that 1 billion users worldwide know and use today.
Laura Ipsen
, corporate vice president of Worldwide Public Sector, provided an
overview of Microsoft's National Plan and citizenship efforts, including empowering
youth and driving societal change through the proliferation of Microsoft technology.
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in
software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their
full potential.