Microsoft enhances cloud portfolio

Ahead of WPC Microsoft has announced some enhancements to its cloud products and services to arm resellers with more options

Microsoft has rolled out a number of cloud products and services designed to provide its channel partners with more options to push customers in the direction of a hosted world.

The vendor is gathering in Washington D.C over the weekend for its Worldwide Partner Conference that kicks off on Sunday, but ahead of that event it had already revealed some changes to its cloud suite.

Those changes include Azure StorSimple, a cloud storage offering that launches next month; analytical cloud tool Azure Machine Learning; adding IaaS functionality to its Azure Preview Portal; and changes to its Office 365 SME plans to make it easier for smaller customers to sign-up to the service.

In a blog post Microsoft's corporate vice president, worldwide partner channel, Phil Sorgen said that it was developing more cloud products to ensure that its reseller base was able to deliver the options that customers were increasingly looking for.

"The shift to cloud computing is a vast opportunity for our partners, and we’re focused on giving our channel the most comprehensive set of cloud technologies – spanning infrastructure, data, mobility, productivity and managed services – and the best programs and services to help them grow their businesses by building, hosting, managing or selling hybrid or cloud solutions.," he said.

"I encourage all of our partners to learn more about these technologies and how they can help deliver value to our shared customers and propel their business forward," he added.

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