RCP Update

Sign up for our newsletter.

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.

Cloud Computing

Microsoft Launches 'Project Venus' To Boost Azure Backup

Organizations can now use Microsoft's Azure Backup service to back up Hyper-V virtual machines, as well as the files and folders of some of Microsoft's flagship servers.

Q&A with Microsoft's John Case: All About the CSP

Microsoft's top Office executive and a key player in the development of the Cloud Solution Provider program talks to us about what the CSP means for partners.

Microsoft's CSP Ecosystem: A Guide to the Players

Microsoft's Cloud Solution Provider program opens up a whole new world for partners. Here's a guide to the categories of partners, vendors and tools that are emerging to seize the CSP opportunity. 

AWS Boosts Partner Program with IoT, Migration Competencies

Amazon Web Services (AWS) Inc. is well on its way to doubling its partner investment, fulfilling a promise it made to partners last year.

Should You Be a Microsoft CSP? 20 Points To Consider

Here are the most essential factors Microsoft partners should think about before jumping on Microsoft's new Cloud Solution Provider bandwagon.

Microsoft Adds Security, UI Improvements to OneDrive for Business

Microsoft on Wednesday announced a few improvements to OneDrive for Business, including a new sync client, new user experience improvements in browsers and in mobile apps, and enhanced IT management controls.

AzureCon: Microsoft Launches Azure IoT, Many Other Services

Microsoft launched multiple new Azure services on Tuesday, some of them as previews and others as general availability releases, as part of its AzureCon Web event.

Microsoft Readies Azure-Based Big Data Offerings

Microsoft on Monday gave an update on some forthcoming additions to its Big Data portfolio, including Azure Data Lake Store.

Microsoft Q&A: Defining Lanes for Partners, OBC and MCS

WEB EXCLUSIVE: The Microsoft Onboarding Center (OBC) has been controversial with partners since it was unveiled as a way to help customers migrate mailboxes to Office 365. The current iteration goes further, with Microsoft employees migrating data and branching out to other products. A Q&A with senior Microsoft exec John Case.

Microsoft Makes a Stronger Case for Azure

For as long as Redmond has offered Microsoft Azure, it's been available to partners. At the beginning of this fiscal year, though, the company started a much more concerted push to bring more of the channel along. Is there enough incentive, especially on the SMB side, for it to make sense for partners?

Microsoft Using Linux in Azure Cloud Switch Platform

Microsoft raised eyebrows last week when it revealed that its new Azure Cloud Switch (ACS) datacenter operating system has a Linux core.

Microsoft Extends CSP to Dynamics CRM: A Partner's Perspective

For the first time, Dynamics partners can take advantage of the biggest change to Microsoft's cloud business model.

After Missteps, Microsoft Gets Its Cloud Partner Messaging Right

Microsoft turned off many partners last year when it flubbed the announcement of its Office 365 onboarding plans. This year, the messaging has been decidedly more partner-friendly.

Microsoft Confirms Acquisition of Cloud Security Firm Adallom

Confirming earlier rumors, Microsoft on Tuesday announced that it has purchased Israel-based security firm Adallom.

Microsoft Boosts Azure VMs with GS-Series

Microsoft on Wednesday launched a new offering aimed at organizations with Azure virtual machines (VMs) that want to scale up their operations.

Microsoft Reportedly Acquiring Cloud Security Firm for $320M

Microsoft is reportedly in talks to acquire Tel Aviv-based Adallom, a provider of cloud security solutions, for $320 million.

Rackspace Partners with Microsoft To Support Azure

Rackspace this week announced that it will begin offering managed support services for Microsoft's Azure cloud platform.

Microsoft to Partners: 'Win Every Single Deal' Against Cloud Rivals

Microsoft on Wednesday urged its partners to take aim at its top cloud competitors.

Azure Site Recovery, Other Azure Tools Hit General Availability

A number of Microsoft's Azure services reached the general availability (GA) stage this month, meaning they are now considered commercially viable and backed by service level agreements.

Microsoft Takes Surface and Its Cloud Mainstream at WPC 2015

At the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference this week, Microsoft is giving partners what they've been requesting for years. In an exclusive interview with RCP, Channel Chief Phil Sorgen details broad channel distribution plans for the Microsoft Surface and the Cloud Solution Provider program.