Cloud Direct celebrates becoming a Microsoft Azure Expert MSP

We are proud to announce Cloud Direct is now a Microsoft Azure Expert Managed Service Provider (MSP), one of only a handful of UK partners to achieve this new recognition of excellence.

The Azure Expert MSP program is a new global initiative from Microsoft to highlight and promote only the most capable partners and to make their services and expertise discoverable.

“We are delighted to be one of the first Microsoft Gold Platform partners globally to receive this recognition. It’s a stunning endorsement of what we offer our customers and means they can have the confidence to make more use of the cloud technologies that will help them grow.” – Brett Raynes, CEO at Cloud Direct

What is an Azure Expert MSP?


For starters, there are just 32 globally. Becoming an Azure Expert MSP is no easy feat. The requirements are the most stringent of any Microsoft program. Partners need to validate their skills, their customer success, an ability to scale and a commitment to providing next-generation managed service offerings.

Put simply, it’s a lot of hoops to jump through.

But jump we did. And while it’s taken us a lot of hard work, patience and dedication to achieve, we know it’s going to be worth it. For us this is more than a title. It’s so that we can do the best for our customers.

“For our business to realise the benefits of Microsoft Azure, we needed the security of a supplier who can guide us along our cloud journey. Cloud Direct’s Azure managed services have allowed us to focus on delivering outcomes for the business, not managing infrastructure.” – Jason Moon, Head of IT at Simarco International Ltd

What does being an Azure Expert MSP mean for our customers?

We’ve always been about empowering businesses to achieve ‘Fearless Growth’. We want to help ambitious organisations adopt the cloud and reap all its benefits. As an Azure Expert MSP, we can do so much more for you.

  • Better service. It’s simple, really: when you work with an expert, you get expert-level service. Microsoft has made it easier to verify the best partners by awarding this rigorous accreditation to a select few top performing partners. Every service that we offer, every customer interaction, is held to a higher standard. We love raising the bar because it makes us up our game and hop right over it.
  • Broader offerings. Whatever your business needs, we can deliver it. Keen on IaaS, PaaS or SaaS? We can advise you. Ready to adopt mobile working or the Internet of Things? We know all about it. Need help with app migration, security or compliance? We have experts in all areas.
  • Closer partnerships. Being one of the few Azure Expert MSPs in the UK brings us much closer to Microsoft. Our already close partnership is now much stronger, and all the benefits that come our way get passed directly on to you, our customers. Picture this: Microsoft’s capabilities and software paired with our expertise and skills, all working to better your business. The possibilities are endless.

“We are pleased to recognize Cloud Direct as an Azure Expert MSP. This new recognition offers our customers certainty that an organization provides excellent services on Azure.” – Gavriella Schuster, Corporate Vice President, One Commercial Partner at Microsoft Corp

We couldn’t do it without you

We are nothing without our customers. And we certainly wouldn’t have reached Azure Expert MSP status without our customers pushing us to deliver ‘Fearless Growth’. This has been an incredible journey for all of us at Cloud Direct, but it’s only the beginning. We want you to come with us for the rest of the ride.

Keep pushing us. Keep demanding more. Keep reaching for the next goal. It’s what has made us great, and what will make you great, too.

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