The information flowing in from the Worldwide Partner Conference 2010 in Washington, D.C. this week will focus on Microsoft's cloud strategy and the transition to the new "Microsoft Partner Network."
Channel partners get information on Microsoft's Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS) and Azure and how each fits into their sales. There is news on products that haven't been released yet, such as the Azure in a box appliance. Partners will also find out how important the updates that have just been made available are, including the second beta versions of Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1.
News and updates affecting Microsoft channel partners from the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference in Washington D.C. will be coming onto this page all week long.
Microsoft partners see Hyper-V catching on among SMBs
Microsoft partners think that the Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 beta won't yield new enterprise Hyper-V customers. But Hyper-V's price is right for small and medium-sized businesses who don't need complex features.
VARs eye Azure appliance, love Aurora
Microsoft's Azure in a box hasn't been released yet but the appliance, which isn't really an appliance, has VARs intrigued because it will allow them to run it in their own data centers for customers or to implement it on their sites.
Microsoft increases cloud services margins
Microsoft is staying consistent with its stance over the past few months that it is "all in" when it comes to cloud computing and the company is bringing Microsoft partners along for the ride. By upping its partner margins on Dynamics CRM Online sales from 18% to 40%, the company paved the way for partners to worry less about on-premise software and to focus on Microsoft cloud services.
Microsoft unveils Azure-in-a-box
You can now use Microsoft Azure in-house...if you're a very large technology company or government infrastructure that has the money to buy hundreds of servers at a time. Azure in a box won't be available to the general public anytime soon and Microsoft remains mum on future plans.
Microsoft advances betas for Windows 7, Server R2 service packs
https://searchwindowsserver.techtarget.com/news/1516554/Microsoft-advances-betas-for-Windows-7-Server-R2-service-packs The second beta versions of Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 were released this week but how much of an effect will this news have on Microsoft partners? Not very much due to the strength of the original OSs.
Microsoft to update Dynamics CRM add Marketplace
The Microsoft Dynamics Marketplace, as part of newly-released Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011, will allow partners to store server-side code in Microsoft data centers.
Microsoft BPOS, cloud to dominate partner confab
Microsoft is pushing a more partner-friendly Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS) and the company expects to have 70 million BPOS customers online by the end of 2010. But there are still road bumps, including Google Apps and determining the partner of record after a sale.
Microsoft sets minimum sales levels for ERP VARs
Microsoft ERP VARs must now hit minimum of $20,000 in total revenue net to Microsoft every 12 months to maintain their Solution Provider Agreement (SPA.) This is good news for VARs who want to weed out "lifestyle" resellers.
Microsoft partners balk at MPN requirements
Some Microsoft Gold partners are saying that the price to gain top-tier status in the new Microsoft Partner Network is too high ($4,000 annual fee) for not enough in return. Other Gold partners think say Microsoft is doing exactly what they want: Make the top-tier status more exclusive.
Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference 2010 blogs
Microsoft partners will once again go for the gold
Microsoft Gold partner status is something to strive for partners (again) after the company announced that it will offer Gold and Silver badges based on a partner's specific product/technology competencies.
Microsoft positions Azure as the cloud for all
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer took a jab at VMware by saying that virtualization does not equal cloud computing and spoke about the Azure appliance and how it can be used to run your own data center.
Top five questions for Microsoft at WWPC
Partners would like to hear answers to questions such as why the Microsoft Partner Network's "advanced" badge is significant or how Microsoft plans on filling Azure's gaps.
Microsoft partners expect cloud deluge at WWPC
Microsoft partners will hear about cloud computing, cloud computing and more cloud computing during this week's Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference and learn why Microsoft wants them to use BPOS.