Microsoft announces cloud initiative for Indian SMBs

Microsoft India today announced its latest cloud initiative targeting small and medium businesses (SMBs).

As part of the cloud initiative, Microsoft said its seven Cloud Solution Providers (CSPs) – Sify Technologies, GlobalOutlook, Trimax IT Infrastructure and Services, Emkor, Opto Telelinks, ZnetLive and XcellHost Cloud Services – will own the customer life cycle, provide direct billing, offer combined and customized solutions, directly provision, as well as manage and support Microsoft cloud offerings for their SMB customers.

With this, SMBs can adopt value-added solutions and offerings supporting their requirements on the cloud through Microsoft CSPs. The program will enhance value to SMBs and expand opportunities for them and the CSPs.

Microsoft cloud initiative

It will allow CSPs to own the customer relationship including assessing customer needs, designing customized solutions and offers with Office 365, billing and support. CSPs will offer subscription-based payment model that will ease their Opex pressures to SMBs.

“Cloud adoption in India is growing in triple digit percentage year-on-year.  The new Microsoft Cloud Solution Providers will make SMBs more competitive with enterprise-grade technology and value-added services from Microsoft cloud,” said Karan Bajwa, managing director, Microsoft India.

“Microsoft Cloud Solution Providers will make it easier for SMBs to adopt the cloud in a manner relevant, financially viable and most beneficial for their business,” said Meetul Patel, general manager, SMS&P, Microsoft India.

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