Yesterday, one of my Microsoft colleagues, Wahjih Yahyaoui (Sr. Program Mgr. in the Lync/Skype Business Group) announced the release of the Lync Server 2013 Multi-tenant Hosting Pack. This is very relevant to the SMB partner space. Until recently their was somewhat of a grey-line profitability threshold of around 300 users that existed for the viability of hosting Lync in a multi-tenant fashion for multiple, small business (small user count) customers. Now the resources and guidance are available to overcome that barrier and build a profitable practice around one of Microsoft’s most exciting and growing solutions: Unified Communications with Lync 2013 (inclusive of Enterprise Voice and Video).
Please reference Wajih’s blog post here: http://blogs.technet.com/b/nexthop/archive/2013/06/12/announcing-the-release-of-lync-server-2013-multitenant-hosting-pack.aspx
Here are the primary resources to be aware of:
Learn how you can become a Lync 2013 hoster. Select one of the following approaches to hosting Lync 2013 to learn more, or browse through the resources for hosters to the right.
Visit Lync Server 2010 Resource Links for links to documentation, downloads, updates, training, and videos for Lync Server 2010.
Visit Lync Server 2013 Preview Resource Links for links to documentation, downloads, updates, training, and videos for Lync Server 2013 Preview.
Visit Lync Online Resource Links for links to documentation, downloads, updates, training, and videos for Lync Online and Lync Online Preview.
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