As a leading Microsoft Azure partner, we stay on top of the latest trends in the Azure ecosystem. In this blog post, we’ll share some of the top trends we’re seeing in the Azure partner ecosystem.
Azure is a comprehensive cloud platform that provides a wide range of services for partners to build, deploy, and manage workloads. With so many capabilities, it’s no wonder that Azure has been growing at a rapid pace. In fact, according to Gartner, Azure is currently the fastest-growing public cloud platform.
As Azure continues to grow and evolve, we’re seeing several key trends emerge in the Azure partners ecosystem. Here are some of the top trends we’re seeing:
1. More Partners are Leveraging Managed Services
Managed services are one of the fastest-growing areas in the IT industry, and Azure partners are taking notice. Managed services providers (MSPs) can leverage Azure to deliver a wide range of services to their customers, including monitoring, backup and disaster recovery, storage, network security, and more.
By offering managed services on Azure, MSPs can tap into a growing market opportunity while differentiating themselves from traditional IT service providers. In fact, according to MarketsandMarkets research, the managed services market is expected to grow from $206.65 billion in 2019 to $523.45 billion by 2025—a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 18.6%.
2. Increase in Adoption of Hybrid Cloud Solutions
Hybrid cloud solutions are becoming increasingly popular as organizations look for ways to get the best of both worlds—the flexibility and agility of the public cloud combined with the control and security of on-premises data centers.
Microsoft Azure provides a comprehensive hybrid cloud platform that helps partners meet their customers’ needs for hybrid deployments. With Azure Stack Hub, partners can deliver Azure services from their own data centers—enabling them to offer their customers true hybrid deployments that combine on-premises and public cloud resources.
3. Greater Focus on Digital Transformation
Digital transformation is another big trend we’re seeing in the Azure partner ecosystem. More and more organizations are turning to digital technologies—such as cloud computing, artificial intelligence (AI), and the internet of things (IoT)—to drive business transformation initiatives.
For partners, this presents a huge opportunity to help their customers digitize their businesses and drive innovation with Azure solutions. In fact, IDC predicts that worldwide spending on digital transformation technologies will reach $2 trillion by 2022—a CAGR of 15.4%.
4. Expansion into New Industries and Markets
As Azure continues to expand its global reach, we’re seeing more partners expanding into new industries and markets. With a wide range of services and industry-specific solutions, Azure offers opportunities for partners to expand their customer base and enter new markets.
One example is the healthcare industry, which is rapidly adopting cloud technology to drive innovation and improve patient care. Microsoft recently announced a strategic partnership with leading healthcare company, Providence St. Joseph Health, to help them accelerate their digital transformation using Azure.
These are just a few of the top trends we’re seeing emerge in the Microsoft Azure partner ecosystem. As a leading Microsoft Azure partner, we’re excited to help our customers tap into these new opportunities and drive innovation in their businesses with Azure solutions.”