Tech Data has announced the launch of its cloud-based solution designed for small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) on Microsoft Azure. The solution is available to partners across the distributor’s entire global footprint through its Tech Data Cloud business.
The new Small Business Cloud Server has been developed to meet the growing demand from SMB customers for a “scalable and flexible IT platform that is cost-effective and easy to deploy and manage.”
“Small and medium-sized businesses are now starting to embrace the cloud with real enthusiasm,” said Michael Urban, corporate vice president, Corporate Strategy and Business Transformation and responsible for Tech Data’s global cloud strategy. “Many users have already migrated to Microsoft Office 365, and there is a massive opportunity now for resellers to move small business servers onto the Microsoft Azure platform.”
The service is available in three sizes: 1-6 users, 7-20 users, and 40+ users. Tech Data provides detailed monthly usage and billing information to its resellers, while pre-determined usage thresholds and limits can be set if required. In addition to a Microsoft Azure virtual machine, the Tech Data Small Business Cloud Server comes with Microsoft Office 365 (Exchange, Office and SharePoint) software and provides backup, storage and VPN functionality. Remote desktop is optional for remote access.
“The Tech Data Small Business Cloud Server makes it easy for resellers to help them take that next step – and to take the burden of applications and security management off their small business customers as well,” added Mr. Urban. “It is an ideal base upon which small businesses can start to construct their own efficient and cost-effective cloud ecosystem, and for SMB resellers to use as a platform on which they can build their cloud services revenues.”