Hello!  I’m Kevin McCuistion, Director of Partner programs in Microsoft’s Server and Cloud marketing team.  My team helps deliver programs like the Hyper-V Cloud Practice Builder, Hyper-V Cloud Service Provider program, and Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track.  One of the most exciting parts of my job is working with partners to help them design and deploy new Microsoft virtualization and cloud solutions.  As a result, growing numbers of systems integrators, service providers, and resellers are delivering and operating Microsoft-based private cloud engagements. 

Here are 3 reasons why partners choose Microsoft for their customer journeys to the cloud:

1. We provide tools and resources to help partners build expertise – starting with the Virtualization competency, they can grow their practices as we continue to deliver cloud-focused training
2. We provide resources to help registered partners build demand – they can find exclusive resources from the Microsoft Partner Marketing Center to help generate sales leads  
3. We help partners boost revenue and increase value for customers – gold competency partners can enroll in the Management & Virtualization Solution Incentive Program

I’m really excited to report that IDC shows Hyper-V winning almost 21 points of share in the first 11 quarters since it launched (Source: IDC WW Quarterly Server Virtualization Tracker, December 2010). 

We’re also seeing some great examples of partners driving customer success at companies like Urban Lending Solutions

Partners – I encourage you to take a look at our Hyper-V Cloud partner offerings to see how you can ramp up to help your customers with their move to the cloud.