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Microsoft Cloud OS Network: From hosting to managed services

Almost one year ago, Microsoft launched the Microsoft Cloud OS Network with 25 hosting service providers. Today, the number of hosting service providers has quadrupled to more than 100 worldwide with more than 600 local data centers. What that means is expanded opportunity for Microsoft’s cloud service provider ecosystem of more than 26,000 to deliver Azure-enabled cloud to their customers.

The Microsoft hosting providers offer solutions based on the Microsoft Cloud Platform, which consists of Windows Server with Hyper-V, System Center and Windows Azure Pack. Cloud service providers leverage Microsoft’s Cloud OS Network to offer customers cloud offerings including IaaS and Saas, often differentiating their services with their own intellectual property.

Some examples of the types of services offered are data center management automation, database as a service, private cloud delivered as a service, etc.

According to Marco Limena, vice president of hosting service providers at Microsoft, the company’s service providers are a key to its hosting provider strategy, its growth and Microsoft’s larger cloud vision.

“These 26,000 service providers have their own data centers and use Microsoft technology to build services that they offer to their end-user customers – these being small, [medium-sized] and enterprise customers,” he said.

The importance of the expanded footprint of data centers and localization is that for many companies across the world, compliance requirements and data sovereignty dictate, or in many cases limit, cloud implementations.

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