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The Microsoft Cloud OS provides a consistent platform for infrastructure, apps, and data, and allows IT to rapidly build and deploy applications, flexibly manage IT services, and support real-time analytics across all forms and data.
On October 7, Microsoft released the fall wave of enterprise products and services that help companies seize the opportunities of cloud computing and overcome today’s top IT challenges. Read the post about this announcement by Satya Nadella, Executive Vice President, Cloud and Enterprise at Microsoft, on The Official Microsoft Blog. Read the Server and Cloud Platform blogs.
About this Guide
This guide provides Microsoft partners with links to the information and resources you need to understand the Microsoft Cloud OS vision, opportunity, and products, and engage with Microsoft. As new materials and content are available, we’ll update this guide. Come back to it any time at http://aka.ms/cloud-os-partner-guide, and check out the companion page on the MPN portal at http://aka.ms/about-cloud-os.
This guide was updated on November 21.
The Microsoft Cloud OS Story
December 3 live webcast: Ahead of the Game with Microsoft You and your customers are invited to join us on December 3 for a free, one-hour, online event about Microsoft Virtualization and cloud services. You’ll hear from Microsoft executives and experts who will talk about the features and benefits of Windows Server, Hyper-V, Windows Intune, and Windows Azure. Guest speakers from customers and partners that are deploying these products will talk about the value that solutions based on these products bring to their businesses.
Ends December 31 – Demonstrate your sales knowledge and be entered* to win up to $1,000
Sales and presales technical professionals who pass qualifying assessments through December 31 can earn entries to our sweepstakes. Official rules.
*No purchase necessary. Open only to authorized representatives of companies actively enrolled in the Microsoft Partner Network who are US residents (including Washington, DC), age 18 years and older. Game ends December 31.
Successful Cloud Partners: Higher, Faster, Stronger
An IDC study sponsored by Microsoft indicates that partners with more than 50 percent of their revenue related to the cloud benefit from higher gross profit, more new customers, increased revenue per employee, and faster overall business growth.
Cloud OS Product Lineup, Evaluation, and Internal Use
Download evaluation versions and virtual labs for Windows Server, System Center, SQL Server, Windows Azure, and Windows Intune from the TechNet Evaluation Center.
If you are a Microsoft Partner Network member with a competency or a Microsoft Action Pack subscription, you have internal-use software benefits. Access and use your benefits to run your business and gain hands-on experience with Microsoft products and technologies.
Demonstrate Expertise with an MPN Competency
The competencies below have requirements that allow you to demonstrate your expertise to build, deliver, and support solutions that include products in the Cloud OS family. To meet exam and assessment requirements for each competency, learning paths specify technical, sales, and licensing training courses and link to the exam or assessment.
Application Lifecycle Management
Devices and Deployment
Identity and Access
Management and Virtualization
Training and Accreditations for Sales Professionals and Presales Technical Professionals
There are live in-person, live online, and on demand training courses from Microsoft that can help you increase your product knowledge and prepare for the customer conversation. You can earn an MPN Sales Accreditation to demonstrate your expertise, and your accreditation may benefit your company as well by helping to meet MPN competency requirements.
Training and Certification for Technical Professionals
There are in-person, live online, and on demand training courses from Microsoft that can help you increase your product knowledge and prepare for development and deployment of solutions that meet customer needs. You can earn Microsoft Certifications to demonstrate your expertise, and your certification may benefit your company as well by helping to meet MPN competency requirements.
Create Demand with Ready-to-Go Marketing
Campaigns from Ready-to-Go Marketing include customer-ready sales and marketing materials. You can also develop and manage events, and maintain your website with content syndication services.
Increase Sales Velocity
Immersion Conversations on the Microsoft Server and Cloud Partner Resources website (accessible by MPN members with a gold or silver competency):
Partner Incentives: Download the Windows Azure incentive guide.
Deployment Tools and Programs
Software Assurance Planning Services engagements are conducted by qualified partners who share best practices, analyze the customer's organizational environment, and help create comprehensive deployment and implementation plans.
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