Azure is a cloud computing platform that enables businesses to build, deploy, and manage applications and services through a global network of Microsoft-managed data centers. Azure is a comprehensive set of cloud services that developers and IT professionals use to build, deploy, and manage applications through our global network of data centers.
Azure partners are an integral part of the success of our customers and the ecosystem. As we continue to invest in Azure, we want to make sure we are providing the right resources for our partners. Here are some frequently asked questions about Azure partners programs.
FAQ 1: What is an Azure partner?
An Azure partner is a company that provides products or services that are compatible with or work on Azure or that add value to the platform. There are three types of Azure partners:
Independent Software Vendors (ISVs), Managed Service Providers (MSPs), and System Integrators (SIs). ISVs build apps that run on Azure or develop cloud-based solutions. MSPs provide managed services such as monitoring, backup, and disaster recovery on Azure. SIs help customers design, implement and optimize their solutions on Azure.
FAQ 2: What are the benefits of being an Azure partner?
Some benefits of being an Azure partner include access to exclusive resources such as training, support, marketing materials, and leads; co-selling opportunities; and joint go-to-market campaigns. In addition, partners can use the “Powered by Azure” logo to show their customers that their solutions are built on or run on Azure.
FAQ 3: How do I become an Azure partner?
To become an Azure partner, visit the Microsoft Partner Network website and sign up for a free account. After you create your account, you can access the Partner Directory and find out more about the requirements for each program. Once you find a program that’s a good fit for your business, you can apply online.
FAQ 4: I’m already a Microsoft partner. Do I need to do anything differently to become an Azure partner?
If you’re already a Microsoft partner, you may already be registered as an Azure Partner—check your current listings in the Partner Directory. If you’re not listed as an Azure Partner but would like to be, sign in to your Microsoft Partner Network account and update your profile information. You can also visit the Cloud Deployment Center to learn more about how to build your practice around cloud deployment solutions such as Microsoft Office 365 or Dynamics CRM Online. Finally, read through theAzure 101 guide for an overview of what’s new with Azure and what it can offer your customers.
Being an azure partner comes with many benefits, including exclusive resources and co-selling opportunities. If you’re interested in becoming an azure partner, visit the Microsoft Partner Network website and sign up for a free account. If you’re already a Microsoft partner, you may already be registered as an azure Partner—check your current listings in the Partner Directory—but if not, it’s easy enough to update your profile information to add this designation going forward!