The COVID-19 pandemic has been a prominent accelerating force for digitizing and scaling up to cloud services in a rapidly changing business environment. The amount of information generated in an increasingly data-driven landscape has brought forth the shortcomings of the traditional IT infrastructure, including lack of scale and flexibility and spiraling operational costs.
A study by Mckinsey shows that by 2024, most enterprises aspire to have $8 out of every $10 for IT hosting go toward the cloud, including private cloud, infrastructure as a service (IaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), and software as a service (SaaS).
Microsoft Azure has quickly emerged as the top choice for businesses looking to migrate their data and apps to the cloud. More than 95% of Fortune 500 companies use Azure. Microsoft Azure Cloud Services play a crucial role in helping companies manage continuity, build resiliency, and support remote working.
However, as workloads on the cloud increase, organizations find it increasingly challenging to manage licensing, billing, and cost lifecycles, and cloud consumption can feel like navigating a slippery slope. Often, companies start losing out on valuable ROI.
The Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) program enables partners to act as trusted vendors and manage everything for their customers, right from licensing, billing, and cost to the point of contact and advanced issue resolution, on a unified platform.
Let’s explore the benefits of working with a Microsoft Azure Cloud Solution Provider (CSP).
Empower maximum value from Azure cloud investment with Microsoft’s CSP program
With the Microsoft CSP program, customers can subscribe to a pay-as-you-go cloud consumption arrangement with their cloud solution provider rather than directly liaising with Microsoft to enjoy core benefits such as the following –
1. One-stop-shop for all your cloud needs
A cloud solution provider chooses what’s best for your company’s cloud requirements, building a solid backbone for migration and modernization. A CSP partner is the point of contact for customers when they run into a technical, billing, or subscription problem.
CSPs offer 24/7 local/premium support and advanced issue resolution. Moreover, customers who partner with a CSP can have one organization providing all the licensing guidance they need. Customers can then draw upon the skills and expertise of the partner and maximize their ROI from the cloud.
2. Simple and flexible pricing packages
Partnering with a CSP allows customers to bundle all their cloud products into a single package so that they pay for only what they use.
So, for instance, if a customer wants to scale up cloud usage for a particular month (say, during peak season), they may do so and reduce it later, stop completely, if needed, or even start again as peak season arrives. In short, customers will never be charged for what they don’t subscribe for.
3. No upfront investment
When you opt for Microsoft Azure Cloud services, you needn’t spend upfront on infrastructure or licensing costs. Your cloud solution provider will give you one consolidated monthly bill (or annual, in some cases) based on your consumption across all services.
Additionally, customers can get prioritized compute capacity in Azure regions and save considerable costs by reserving virtual machines in advance using Azure Reserved Virtual Machine Instances.
4. Relieve the administrative burden
Juggling time and resources between managing cloud licenses and subscriptions and focusing on growing the business can be a hassle.
By taking care of setup and Azure services provisioning, assigning and reassigning users, and provisioning new subscriptions, a CSP handles the administrative burden so that customers can focus on value-adding strategic business operations.
5. Gain access to competitive pricing
With a CSP, you get access to more competitive pricing than traditional or direct Microsoft Azure Cloud services procurement while not having to worry about cloud implementation cost, and consumption lifecycles.
6. Save costs through cloud optimization
A CSP provides you with comprehensive reports and dashboards to enhance visibility into current and future cost trends, allowing customers to optimize their cloud infrastructure and de-scale services they don’t need.
Unleashing maximum value from Microsoft Azure Cloud with Acuvate
With 30+ years of experience, 68,000+ partners, and 90+ certifications, Microsoft is the industry’s most comprehensive and experienced cloud services provider.
Acuvate is a Microsoft Gold Cloud Productivity Partner. As a trusted Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider, we provide end-to-end CSP services, including –
With 15+ years of Microsoft tech stack expertise, 100+ Microsoft certified experts, and robust multi-cloud capability, we seamlessly guide our customers through every implementation stage, with 24X7X365 monitoring and support and advanced and instant issue resolution.
Additionally, we provide customers complimentary access to Pax8’s cloud cost optimization platform, which is a single platform to manage quotes, bills, licenses, consumption, and cost optimization reports.
Moreover, our hands-on data and app migration and modernization workshops by top Microsoft Azure experts help you “learn while you do.”
To know more about our CSP services, please feel free to schedule a personalized consultation with our experts.