Tech Data Corporation has rolled out a cloud-based server solution designed for small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) on Microsoft Azure.
The new Small Business Cloud Server, which is available to all Tech Data partners, is available in three sizes: 1-6 users, 7-20 users, and 40+ users. Detailed monthly usage and billing information will be provided to resellers via the distributor’s StreamOne platform, and pre-determined usage thresholds and limits can be set, if required. In addition to a Microsoft Azure virtual machine, the offering comes with Microsoft Office 365 (Exchange, Office and SharePoint) software and provides backup, storage and VPN functionality. Remote desktop is optional for remote access.
“Small and medium-sized businesses are now starting to embrace the cloud with real enthusiasm,” says Michael Urban, corporate vice president, Corporate Strategy and Business Transformation at Tech Data. “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.
This offering is intended to deliver a cost effective means for channel partners to remove the burden of applications and security management for their small business customers, and to build strengthened account control in the SMB segment.