Cloud Direct awarded Microsoft Azure Expert MSP status for the 3rd year running

Cloud Direct celebrates another successful Microsoft Azure Expert MSP audit. With fewer than 100 Azure Expert MSP partners globally, and just a handful in the UK, this confirms Cloud Direct’s place as one of the UK’s leading Microsoft partners – and reassuring customers they are working with certified experts. Cloud Direct were one of the first to pass the audit in 2017, and have been leading the market ever since.

“Having been one of the first UK partners to undergo the audit and receive the Azure Expert MSP status in 2018, we are pleased to continue to pass the increasingly strict audit to retain the status and provide our customers with rock-star Microsoft Azure capabilities.” Brett Raynes, CEO, Cloud Direct.

The Microsoft Azure Expert MSP certification is Microsoft’s highest fidelity accolade.

The rigorous assessment looks at the skills and capabilities of Cloud Directs Azure consultants and support staff – focusing on infrastructure, applications and data management within Azure.  The audit also looks at the wider business structure to ensure Cloud Direct is built around continual improvement of its Azure managed services. This includes an audit of completed Azure projects and analysis of processes in hiring, training, finances, managed services, support, sales and customer on-boarding.

“Achieving and retaining the Microsoft Azure Expert MSP status is a huge achievement and one we take a lot of pride in. It allows us to deliver on our promise of providing ‘enterprise-class’ technology to the mid-market.

“We work tirelessly to ensure our managed services and automation for Microsoft Azure are world-class. This allows us to deliver high-velocity, high-impact Azure solutions to customers who don’t have the resources of a large enterprise organisation. Being able to do this with the highest level of recognition from Microsoft puts us in a unique position and one our mid-market customers truly appreciate and benefit from” Brett Raynes, CEO, Cloud Direct.

In this year’s audit, Cloud Direct was specifically noted for strengths across the business. The auditor’s report recognised:

  • The breadth of technical skills across the widest customer base the auditor had experienced.
  • Quality and consistency of design processes and documentation.
  • The strategic commitment to training only seen in the best of breed service providers.
  • Our integrated Provide™ Cloud Management Portal offering guided and advanced Azure service deployment, spend forecasting and a wide set of service health reporting capabilities.

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