Enhancing the customer experience with the Azure Networking MSP partner program

We are always looking for ways to improve the customer experience and allow our partners to complement our offerings. In support of these efforts we are sharing the Azure Networking Managed Service Provider (MSP) program along with partners that deliver value added managed cloud network services to help enterprise customers connect, operationalize, and scale their mission critical applications running in Azure.

Azure Networking MSP Partner Program enables partners such as networking focused MSPs, network carriers, and systems integrators (SIs) to use their rich networking experience to offer cloud and hybrid networking services around Azure’s growing portfolio of Azure Networking products and services.

Azure’s Networking services are fundamental building blocks critical to cloud migration, optimal connectivity, and security of applications. New networking services such as Virtual WAN, ExpressRoute, Azure Firewall, and Azure Front Door further enrich this portfolio allowing customers to deploy richer applications in the cloud. The Networking MSP partners can help customers deploy and manage Azure Networking services.

Azure Networking MSPs

Azure MSPs play a critical role in enterprise cloud transformation by bringing their deep knowledge and real-world experience to help enterprise customers migrate to Azure. Azure MSPs and the Azure Expert MSP program make it easy for customers to discover and engage specialized MSPs.

Azure Networking MSPs are a specialized set of MSPs for addressing enterprise cloud networking needs and challenges across all aspects of cloud and hybrid networking. Their managed network services and offerings include various aspects of the application lifecycle including network architecture, planning, deployment, operations, maintenance, and optimization.

Azure Lighthouse – unblocking Azure Networking MSPs

Many enterprise customers, such as banks and financial institutions want partners who can help them with managing their Azure Networking subscriptions. However, the need for individual customer management for these subscriptions introduces a lot of manual work for these service providers.

Last week, we announced Azure Lighthouse, which is a unique set of capabilities on Azure, empowering service provider partners with a single control plane to view and manage Azure at scale across all their customers with higher automation and efficiency. We also talked about how Azure Lighthouse enables management at scale for service providers.

With Azure Lighthouse, Azure Networking MSPs can seamlessly onboard customers via managed services offers on the Azure marketplace or natively via ARM templates – empowering them to deliver a rich set of managed network experiences for their end-customers.

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Azure Networking MSP partners

Azure Networking partners play a big role in the Azure networking ecosystem, delivering Virtual WAN CPEs and hybrid networking services such as ExpressRoute to enterprises that are building cloud infrastructures. We welcome the following Azure Networking MSP launch partners into our Azure Networking MSP partner ecosystem.

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An image showing the logos for our partners including: Tata Communications, Aryaka, InterCloud, Megaport, British Telecommunications, Internet Initiative Japan, Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT), Equinix

These partners have invested in people, best practices, operations and tools to build and harness deep Azure Networking knowledge and service capabilities. They’ve trained their staff on Azure and have partnered closely with us in Azure Networking through technical workshops and design reviews.

These partners are also early adopters of Azure Lighthouse, building and delivering a new generation of managed network experiences for their end customers. We encourage all worldwide networking MSPs, network carriers, and SIs that would like to join this program to reach out via ManagedVirtualWAN@microsoft.com to join the Azure Networking MSP program and bring your unique value and services to Azure customers.

In summary, we firmly believe that Azure customers will greatly benefit from the new cloud networking focused services our partners are bringing to the market. Customers will be able to leverage these services to augment their own inhouse skills and be able to move faster and more efficiently while optimally leveraging the cloud to meet their enterprise business needs. For more information on how to engage with our Networking MSP partner, please see partner information on our MSP partners site.

Source: Azure Blog Feed

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