Microsoft has strong cloud foundations

STRONG PERFORMANCE IN CLOUD SHOWS MICROSOFT HAS STRONG FOUNDATIONS FOR THE FUTURE

Results show that Microsoft is still the best choice for resellers adopting their product range for the cloud world.


Microsoft has recently announced its FYQ4 Earnings Report, which showed the company’s commercial cloud revenue grew by 88%, despite an overall quarterly loss. The growing cloud revenue has been driven by the success of its Microsoft applications, which include Office 365, Azure and Dynamics CRM Online.

When we chose to position Microsoft’s product stack and the Microsoft cloud platform at the heart of our offering, Outsourcery was questioned why we were limiting our potential market. However, when you think that virtually every company uses some sort of Microsoft tool, we felt that this was a sensible move.
Piers Linney, Co-Ceo Outsourcery

Commenting on the cloud business results, Piers Linney, Co-CEO of Cloud Services Provider (CSP) and Microsoft Gold partner Outsourcery, says that the results demonstrate the success of Microsoft’s strategy in putting cloud computing at the forefront of its commercial strategy, as customers shift away from traditional on-premises storage.

Linney states: “The growth of cloud brought a number of challenges to many of the established players in the industry who have had to rapidly adapt to new business models as a result. These latest results from Microsoft, while mixed, show that it has held its strong footing in what is a rapidly expanding cloud market.

“When we chose to position Microsoft’s product stack and the Microsoft cloud platform at the heart of our offering, Outsourcery was questioned as to why we were limiting our potential market and not taking a more agnostic approach. However, when you think that virtually every company uses some sort of Microsoft tool, we felt that this was a sensible move to grow our offering. Further to our Microsoft services, we have been passionate about developing our own public sector proposal and bringing added value to the table through our partner programme. Additionally, we have worked to create our own Ofcom-regulated, enterprise grade O-Cloud platform.

“Working with Microsoft enables us to deliver expertise in an offering that is always reliable and best-of-breed. Microsoft’s latest cloud sales result justifies our decision to remain Microsoft-centric and shows that the strength of Microsoft, and Outsourcery in turn, will only continue.”

A recent Hosting and Cloud Study 2015, commissioned by Microsoft and 451 Research which surveyed 1,700 hosting and cloud customers, revealed that 75 per cent are now beyond the cloud discovery phase. The research highlights an expectation that in three years, almost half of their applications will be deployed in a combination of private and public cloud environments, signifying the importance of cloud and application hosting to businesses in the future.

Linney continues, “The uptake of cloud computing has been driven by businesses that are seeking greater efficiency, flexibility and cost-savings within their organisation. The benefits of cloud computing combined with Microsoft’s high-performance product applications, which include Office 365 and Skype for Business, create a valuable and comprehensive cloud offering for businesses to bring on board.

“Microsoft is consistently pioneering new and exciting products for its partners and customers and we are looking forward to working with them as a Gold partner long in to the future, to bring innovative and high-performance products, hosted on Outsourcery’s O-Cloud platform, to the market,” Linney concludes.


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