Microsoft launches channel Cloud OS Network

Microsoft hopes launch of partner-driven Cloud OS Network will be a powerful counter to the likes of Amazon Web Services

Microsoft has launched a global partner consortium, called the Cloud OS Network, to drive adoption of its cloud services in the market and challenge its rivals.

Services available through the consortium include Windows Server with Hyper-V, System Center and the Windows Azure Pack.

Microsoft said the organisations selected all support its vision of a consistent cloud platform spanning customer datacentres, Windows Azure and service provider clouds.

“This network of leading service providers will help our customers create datacentres without boundaries for apps, data and device management,” said Takeshi Numoto, Microsoft corporate vice president of Cloud and Enterprise Marketing.

“That translates into greater diversity of solutions, more flexibility and lower operational costs for customers, allowing them to focus on their core business rather than managing datacentres,” he added.

Launch partners in the UK include services giant Capita and cloud and comms specialist Outsourcery, which said it signed up to the scheme because of the advantages it believed the Cloud OS Network would provide in handling local market requirements, technical and performance improvements to services and cost savings, along with the ability to pass these benefits on to Outsourcery's partners and customers.

Outsourcery co-CEO Piers Linney said: “We have been offering cloud-based Microsoft solutions to organisations for many years now and as a world-leading pure-play CSP, we pride ourselves in our ability to further innovate our cloud services, whilst assisting businesses with integration and migration support.

“Being selected to join Microsoft's Cloud OS Network is an indication that we are heading in the right direction."

Microsoft claimed the 25 launch partners were already covering more than 90 active markets around the world, serving over 3 million customers daily and operating over 2.4 million servers in more than 425 datacentres.

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