Microsoft offers a connected, comprehensive set of cloud solutions, including Microsoft Azure, with an unmatched breadth and depth of capabilities – from platform to productivity apps and solutions. Below are some technical services available to help you implement Azure internally and to customers.
Azure Internal Use Rights (IUR)
Take advantage of Internal Use Rights (IUR) to use Azure internally. This helps you provision a lab environment that is both low-cost and time efficient, saving you money on managing your hardware and IT. Through Labs on Azure: First Steps online workshop, you’ll also learn how to activate your Azure IUR subscription and how to build a development/test/demo system.
To help you stay up to speed in the cloud, we continuously enhance the scenarios in the ModernBiz Technical Series for Azure. This training, designed for Microsoft value-added resellers (VARs), includes demonstrations and hands-on instruction on how to use the latest Microsoft capabilities to deliver solutions to small and midsize organizations.
Virtual Machines and networks
If you want to go deeper, try Partner Practice Enablement (PPE): Azure Technical Training, which provides a technical deep-dive to run new cloud or existing on-premises workloads with Azure Virtual Machines and Virtual Networks. It’s a great opportunity to learn, design, develop, deploy and operate in Azure. Also, the Windows Azure Pack for Windows Server enables you to offer rich, self-service, multi-tenant cloud services that are consistent with the public Windows Azure experience. You can attend a Partner Practice Enablement bootcamp to get a better understanding on how to use this for your customers.
Many of your customer requirements are unique – meaning you may need customized deployment guidance. The Azure Deployment Shadowing Service is scenario-based, one-to-one consultative guidance to help enable you deploy Azure solutions, including technical and project management discussions, with customer engagement advice. This technical service provides consulting during three core phases of a customer deployment engagement: envisioning, planning and build phases. Scenarios include application servers, high availability, dev and test, archiving and back-up, and SharePoint and business intelligence (BI).
Deployment best practices
Once you start deploying workloads, you’ll want to learn how to develop Azure infrastructure best practices and rapidly deploy solutions with faster time to market in a repeatable, scalable, predictable, and effective manner. Attend a Practice Accelerator for Microsoft Azure Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) session to receive best practices, case studies, price calculators, simulations, customer-facing templates, and engagement guides to reduce consultant ramp-up time when assessing customers’ business environments.
Training, exams, and support
There are additional Azure technical training resources highlighted in the partner learning paths – search the Products section to find readiness for Azure IT implementers, solution architects, and developers.
If you are looking to attain the Midmarket Solution Provider competency, be aware that new Azure exam 70-533: Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions now counts as a qualifying exam. You can see the updated list of exams on the Midmarket competency learning path.
Finally, learn more about Azure technical services available to you as part of your Microsoft Partner Network benefits to help you deploy Azure with confidence.
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