Digital transformation, intelligent cloud, smart everything: the future of Azure?
The world around us is transforming rapidly, with cloud, AI and IoT changing businesses and the world around us. As one of the big hyperscalers, with Azure, Microsoft hopes to benefit from this digital transformation by making Azure the public cloud of choice. Or as Satya Nadella puts it: “We are investing aggressively to build Azure as the world’s computer.”. This aggressive strategy seems to be working, as Azure is the fastest growing public cloud platform, outpacing both Google Cloud and the market leader AWS.
To build that ‘world’s computer’ and make Azure the go-to location for digital transformation and businesses working with AI, machine learning, IoT and Edge, Azure’s development is at times going a lightspeed. To give you some insight into the future of cloud computing, and Azure, Resello has created an eBook called ‘The Future of Azure’. You can download it for free here.
Resello phases out Domain Growth Program
After four years of offering our Domain Growth Program we’ve decided to phase out this program at the end of 2018. If you were a participant in the domain growth program, requiring both a large domain portfolio and substantial growth rates, you will no longer receive rebates on your .BIZ, .ORG and .INFO domain creates. Since only a very limited number of our partners were using the program the impact is minimal. Of course we will continue offering all our resellers competitive prices on all TLDs.
Introducing our new Microsoft CSP WHMCS module
Resello is proud to announce the launch of our WHMCS module for Microsoft cloud solutions. This module allows WHMCS users to sell up to a 1,000 cloud solutions such as Office 365, OneDrive and Windows 10 Enterprise. As an official Microsoft CSP Distributor Resello can support both CSP direct and indirect partners who use WHMCS.
With the introduction of this Microsoft CSP module, webhosters worldwide can now use the WHMCS web hosting billing and automation platform for Microsoft cloud solutions as well. Key benefits for WHMCS users include:
- Sell up to a 1,000+ Microsoft cloud solutions.
- No purchase commitment, pay-as-you-grow.
- Suited for Microsoft CSP direct and indirect partners.
- No fees or up-front cost, only pay for the products you sell.
- Set a fixed margin, percentage margin or a combination.
- Subscription based, recurring revenue (just like hosting & domains);
- Complete automation: install, configure & start selling!
Is your company not yet a Microsoft CSP indirect partner? Sign up as a Microsoft indirect partner (don't worry, if you want we’ll help you with this!). The WHMCS is available for free. Just install our CSP WHMCS module, configure it using your Resello account details and start selling Microsoft cloud solutions.
Resello gaat zelfstandig van TWS en Yourhosting verder (Dutch only)
Resello, distributeur van clouddiensten en tot voor kort onderdeel van TWS, gaat zelfstandig verder. De afsplitsing van TWS, waar ook het webhostingbedrijf Yourhosting onderdeel van uitmaakt, biedt Resello de mogelijkheid haar eigen koers uit te zetten en samenwerking met andere partijen te zoeken.
Resello kan zich hierdoor volledig focussen op het internationale kanaal, zijnde de groeiende markt van resellers wereldwijd van clouddiensten. Het bedrijf is daarvoor officiële Microsoft CSP Distributor geworden en biedt een compleet automatiseringsplatform voor de verkoop, levering, beheer en facturering van clouddiensten.
Valentijn Borstlap (oprichter van Yourhosting en Resello): “Het is altijd onze bedoeling geweest om met Resello een eigen groeipad te ontwikkelen, geheel onafhankelijk van Yourhosting. Dat is ook de zienswijze van TWS, waar Yourhosting onderdeel van is. Door deze afsplitsing van TWS garanderen we die zelfstandigheid. Natuurlijk is er door een gedeeld verleden een warme band tussen beide bedrijven. Maar als klant van Resello krijgt Yourhosting gewoon dezelfde service, prijzen en voorwaarden die al onze andere klanten krijgen. Daar zijn we eerlijk en transparant over.”
Resello: Van webhoster naar cloudplatform en distributeur (Dutch only)
"De steeds verdergaande specialisatie van de cloudmarkt roept om meer gespecialiseerde distributeurs. Tel daarbij op dat webhosters naar nieuwe verdienmodellen zoeken, en je hebt al snel nieuwe dienstverlening. Resello, een platform voor clouddistributie is een voorbeeld daarvan, en komt uit de stal van Yourhosting, het bedrijf van oprichter Valentijn Borstlap. Joeri Borstlap vertelt als CEO van Resello over de totstandkoming van het bedrijf en hoe het zich profileert als Microsoft-partner." Lees het volledige bericht op ChannelConnect.
Resello becomes official Microsoft Gold Cloud Platform certified partner
Resello has officially become a Microsoft Gold Cloud Platform certified partner. This further extends our list of certifications as an official Microsoft CSP Distributor, which was also recently complemented with the Microsoft Certified Education Distributor.
The Microsoft Gold Cloud Platform certification shows a company’s competence in working with cloud hosting and cloud computing, related specifically to Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform. To become a Microsoft Gold Cloud Platform partner, companies must meet certain requirements. These include performance based requirements, to show you we have enough experience in working with Azure. There are also expertise based measurements, passing exams to prove you can exceed the required expertise level in working with the Azure cloud platform and advising customers on Azure usage.
Becoming a Microsoft Gold Cloud Platform certified partner is important for Resello, because it shows our continued involvement with, activities on and expertise of Azure and Azure Stack. Resello was one of the first seven organizations worldwide to take part in the Azure Stack Early Adoption Initiative. We have since added Azure Stack as-a-Service to our cloud marketplace and launched new billing and automation options for Azure and Azure Stack. And recently we’ve added partners such as Cassiux and the Azure Stack Alliance of Tec Networks and Bordonaro to our Global Azure Stack Network. This latest certification shows our continued focus on growing our Azure business together with our valued customers.
Introducing our new SSL WHMCS module
Various products in our cloud marketplace already have their own modules for WHMCS; the web hosting billing and automation platform used by webhosters worldwide. Today we’re happy to announce the launch of our latest WHMCS module. The SSL WHMCS module allows you to add all our SSL certificates to your portfolio!
This latest WHMCS module includes over 20 SSL certificates, from four certificate authorities. We’ve added a lot of extra functionality in the first release of our SSL WHMCS module, including:
- Offer free Encryption Everywhere certificates (optional).
- An up-sell engine: automatically offer three paid SSL certificates as up-sell options to your customers when you turn on Encryption Everywhere.
- Upgrade template for SSL certificate selection in the up-sell engine.
- Automatic product information download and product configuration during installation (product configuration can be changed at any time).
- SSL wizard for easy SSL selection by your customers.
- cPanel, DirectAdmin and Plesk integration and automation (orders, CSR generation, validation and installation).
All this is available for free, just download and install our SSL WHMCS module. Configure the module using your Resello account and start selling SSL!
Resello becomes ISO 27001 and NEN 7510 certified
Earlier this month Resello has successfully renewed its certifications for processes regarding data protection. Resello has always been working according to these norms, but was certified at the holding company level. The new certification means processes have been tested more rigorously, especially on aspects of its software development.
As a cloud distributor Resello offers a wide portfolio of cloud solutions, including cloud hosting and computing solutions such as Azure and Azure Stack. Data protection, information flow and security for these are essential. IT companies that work according to the ISO norms in relation to their customers, need cloud distributors who work according to the same standards and certifications.
Data protection is important for Resello, for that reason it has its own GDPR committee, security team and Compliancy & Policy Officer. That is why Resello is proud to have become ISO 27001 and NEN 7510 certified. ISO 27001 deals with a broader range of data processing and protection, such as financials records, personal data and other confidential organizational information, whereas NEN 7510 deals specifically with health data, such as patient records and personal health history. Because Resello is now certified for both ISO 27001 and NEN 7510 partners can deliver cloud solutions to business end-users, but also to scientific organizations such as schools and universities and to governmental organizations.
“We see an increasing demand from IT companies and their customers to store data locally, in a region or country of their choice. With the new GDPR policies as an important factor enabling this demand. At the same companies also still want the benefits the public cloud offers, such as scalability and pay-per-use.” Says Joeri Borstlap, CEO at Resello. “That’s why Resello offers cloud solutions such as Azure and Azure Stack. They offer the benefits of the public cloud, combined with ability to store data locally. And with the ISO and NEN certifications we ensure data protection is being taken very seriously.”
Resello and Cassiux announce strategic Azure Stack partnership
19-07-2018, Las Vegas
Resello, distributor of cloud solutions, and Cassiux, Dutch specialist in Azure hybrid solutions, are proud to announce at Microsoft Inspire their strategic Azure Stack partnership. By taking over Resello’s Azure Stack activities, Cassiux will join the Global Azure Stack Network, which will allow Cassiux to fulfill their ambition to become the number 1 Azure Stack company in the Netherlands. Meanwhile the partnership allows Resello to keep delivering Azure Stack as-a-Service, as part of the Resello automation platform and cloud marketplace.
“The focus of Resello’s automation platform is on automated provisioning, management and invoicing of cloud solutions. Our partners can manage both their own partners and end-users within this environment.” says Valentijn Borstlap, Director at Resello. “The partnership with Cassiux allows us to keep supplying Azure Stack as-a-Service, as part of our Global Azure Stack Network. Cassiux have proven themselves as a specialist in Azure and Azure Stack. Because of this partnership, by transferring the Azure Stack activities, the management of the Azure Stack remains in very good hands.”
Cassiux and Resello at Microsoft Inspire 2018
One of the first of Resello’s clients to actively market the Azure Stack proposition includes Yourhosting Business, together with its partners Intercept and Platani. The Azure Stack solutions on offer have drawn massive interest from both direct and indirect Microsoft CSP partners, with many new companies from the webhosting industry moving towards the cloud. Partners choose the solutions offered by Cassiux and Resello because of the combination of web presence, SaaS and IaaS solutions all available from one place, on one platform. All these are available for resellers and partners, Resello doesn’t work with end-users directly, instead relying on its partners.
“By participating in the Azure Stack Early Adoption Initiative Resello has had a head start when it comes to Azure Stack. Their knowledge and experience perfectly suite those of Cassiux” says Paul Köllner, Managing Director at Cassiux. “Cassiux has the ambition to become the number 1 Azure Stack business in the Netherlands. That’s why we were recently the first worldwide to own and use the second-generation Azure Stack, the newest 14G PowerEdge servers delivered by Dell EMC. Taking over Resello’s Azure Stack activities fits our ambition perfectly. Resello will keep delivering Azure Stack through its cloud marketplace, and promote it to its resellers, while Cassiux can keep growing its Azure Stack portfolio.”
Resello becomes certified and adds Microsoft CSP education licenses to cloud marketplace
After becoming an official Microsoft CSP Distributor (indirect provider) earlier this year, one of only a dozen in Europa, Resello has now also become certified to add education licenses to the Resello cloud marketplace. Resello partners who work with and sell to educational organizations, such as schools and universities, can now add Microsoft CSP education licenses to their portfolio.
These special licenses are priced significantly lower than normal CSP licenses, and in some special cases they can be provided for free. Companies that want to benefit from these education licenses need to meet the requirements set by Microsoft as part of its Microsoft® Authorized Education Partner (AEP) program.
Because Resello has become certified, we can now support our partners through the whole process of provisioning, management and invoicing of Microsoft CSP education licenses through the Resello automation platform. If you want to learn more, please contact us through firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 0031 88 002 8200.
Selectel and Resello to Jointly Develop Azure Stack as a Service
30-05-2018, St. Petersburg
Russian IT infrastructure provider Selectel and international business automation platform Resello have announced their new partnership. The companies will consider various joint projects, including the collaborative development of the Azure Stack Network cloud service in Russia. Selectel and Resello signed a memorandum of understanding during the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, May 25.
The Global Azure Stack Network by Resello unites data centers, cloud providers, and resellers from countries all over the world. This allows clients to launch geographically distributed resources on the Azure Stack platform with a single resource-metering and billing system. As Resello's Russian-based partner, Selectel will extend the network by launching Azure Stack nodes in Moscow and St. Petersburg. The two companies will additionally collaborate in promoting the Azure Stack Network in the local market.
“Resello has spent many years assisting in the development of Azure Stack. We were one of the first to deploy a Microsoft hybrid cloud in Western Europe. Russia has a lot of potential for hybrid cloud computing development. Support from Selectel, the key Russian player in their segment, is of the utmost importance to us,” states Joeri Borstlap, CEO of Resello.
Selectel is actively developing their own cloud platform, which includes services based on VMware and OpenStack technologies. Partnering with Resello grants the Russian provider a new channel for accessing potential customers and resellers in Europe.
“It’s becoming more and more common for foreign companies doing business in Russia to seek local infrastructure partners. This is driven by the need to comply with local legislation and a commitment to improve services and optimize business applications. We watched Resello develop their cloud marketplace, and we see potential in providing our services with their assistance,” remarked Petr Sheglov, Product Director at Selectel.
Selectel is a reliable Russia-based IT infrastructure provider. The company offers a wide range of privately developed infrastructure products and services as well as partnered solutions with the world’s leading IT developers. Selectel’s network currently consists of six modern data centers in Moscow and St. Petersburg.
The real truth about true hybrid cloud.
In the market where innovation and speed to market count for everything, cloud solutions bring almost limitless possibilities to your customers. What if you could offer your end users a hybrid cloud solution that not only allows them to become more efficient and agile, but also offers your business a chance to grow?
Hybrid… or true hybrid?
It is likely that you are already familiar with the public cloud: it offers great scalability and flexibility, allowing businesses to scale up and down their infrastructure to meet their requirements at any one time. You are probably also familiar with the hybrid cloud concept which offers your customers the possibility of using a cloud environment that is consistent with an on-premises datacentre setup. But not all hybrid cloud environments are the same, and none of them can claim to be ‘true hybrids’. Until now.
Microsoft has packaged up its market-leading Azure public cloud for consumption in a private or on-premises environment. Simply put, Microsoft Azure Stack is all about allowing your customers to remove stress and free up their IT team to do the things that contribute to business growth.
We’ve lost count of how often our partners have told us that their customers have requested an environment that provides them the flexibility to choose the right combination of private and public cloud deployment models. Well, now you can help your customers speed up their initiatives by leveraging the rich Azure ecosystem in the totally secure Azure Stack environment.
Consistency is king
Azure Stack is empowered by its one major advantage over other systems - consistency. It’s all about providing an environment experience that is consistent with public Azure cloud. These 3 main Azure Stack features are what make it a completely unique solution:
- Azure Stack portal environment is the exact same code as Azure. One of the real innovations of Azure Stack is the implementation of a cloud API that is consistent with Azure. This provides a set of experiences, tools, application patterns, automation capabilities, deployment and configuration options, and operations that work across both the Azure cloud and the on-premises setup, the ‘Stack’.
- High grade security. The consistency ensures a secure hybrid infrastructure that can help your customers comply with any data regulation. You can let your customers have their services and apps run on Azure Cloud, Azure Stack or a powerful combination of both. Hosting in a physical Azure Stack datacentre, for example that of Resello, means end users meet specific jurisdictional requirements while being able to push their service around the globe. For you, this means having the ability to expand your solutions offer to a wider audience, including highly regulated industries such as finance - which was previously difficult to cater for.
- Stress-free application development. Your customers will be able to speed up time to market with consistent DevOps processes for application development, testing, and publishing. It’s also perfect for businesses that have legacy applications that need to be injected with the power of the cloud. From simple lift and shifts to fully fledged application modernisation, the Azure Stack platform will allow your customers to do it all.
All the benefits, one simple setup, no upfront cost
Azure Stack offers a range of benefits for businesses, but equally it helps you to increase and diversify your revenue stream, expand your customer portfolio to previously untapped industries, and, simply, offer solutions driven by latest and trusted Microsoft technology. Should you choose to partner with Resello, you would be gaining access to a market-leading enterprise hybrid cloud, without the need for any exorbitant upfront capital expenditure, making it easier and more cost effective to sell the latest IT solution. We also don’t require you to tenant a whole Stack, which is perfect if you want to start small (just dip a toe in) and grow from there.
To make the experience even easier for our partners, Resello’s propriety Cloud Business Automation platform lets you seamlessly manage the provisioning and billing of cloud services, allowing you to orchestrate your entire hybrid cloud business from one, central place. From managing your customers and their subscriptions to fully automating billing and provisioning; Resello has fixed the business elements that our partners were finding challenging.
Additionally, Resello’s Global Azure Stack Network of datacentres (93 locations and counting) will allow you to keep your customers critical data and network-intensive applications within a private cloud environment that perfectly fits their regulatory requirements (perfect with GDPR only months away!).
To learn more about the solution that makes selling cloud solutions easy, feel free to contact us. One of our experts will be happy to walk you through everything.
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Microsoft chooses Resello as official Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) Distributor for Western Europe
Rust, Germany, March 12, 2018 - Resello has launched a powerful set of tools to enable direct and indirect Microsoft Cloud Solution Providers (CSPs) to automate selling products from the Microsoft cloud services marketplace. The Resello cloud distribution platform is already trusted by thousands of resellers and direct CSPs worldwide. The company is now one of the few Tier 2 Microsoft Distributors for Western Europe and the only one with over 15 years of experience in the hosting industry. Cloud Service Providers can purchase Microsoft’s productivity solutions directly from Resello in a smart and convenient way.
The next logical step for Cloud Solution Providers is adding more than 70 Microsoft productivity tools, such as Office 365, Dynamics CRM, and Skype for Business, to their portfolio. The market penetration of Microsoft Cloud Solutions is increasing rapidly and is one of the main drivers of Microsoft boosting profitability. With its CSP program, Microsoft introduced cloud-based distribution of their business-standard productivity tools. Companies can either become a direct partner in Microsoft’s CSP program or become an indirect partner through one of the CSP Distributors. Resello is now an official CSP Distributor.
Many direct partners in the CSP program find it challenging to manage and automate reselling subscriptions to their customers. As a solution, Microsoft is encouraging new reseller partners to become an indirect CSP reseller with one of the distributors that offer ready-made business automation in one way or another.
“Resello is the preferred cloud distribution platform of many Web Services and Cloud Solution Providers, Telcos, and Managed Service Providers”, says Joeri Borstlap, CEO at Resello. “The Resello platform is the ultimate solution for these target groups. Partners using the platform benefit from a short time to market and can easily create profitable cross-sell opportunities with domain names, Acronis Backup Cloud, email migration tools, or many other products available in the Resello Cloud Marketplace. As part of its Microsoft Cloud Solutions offering, Resello also offers Public Azure metered billing and ‘Azure Stack as a Service’ through its worldwide ‘Global Azure Stack Network’”.
The Resello platform was already used in the early stages of launching the CSP program by one of the main market makers for Office 365 in Europe and has been refined during the last three years. The Resello team is highly specialized in marketing Microsoft products, activating Microsoft partners, and providing support to reduce time to market.
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Microsoft Ignite update
It’s easy to get overwhelmed during the first couple of Microsoft Ignite event days: so much exciting things are happening at this year’s conference! The event was kicked off with a Vision Keynote by Satya Nadella (CEO of Microsoft) in which he shared his vision on Microsoft’s role in the ongoing digital transformation. Below, you’ll find an overview of other exciting updates Microsoft unveiled during Ignite so far.
First Microsoft Azure Stack systems are headed to your datacenters
A big milestone was the announcement that Dell EMC, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, and Lenovo are now shipping systems, allowing partners to help their customers deploy and install Azure Stack, ready to run their applications. Furthermore, Cisco’s Azure Stack integrated systems are ready to order and Wortmann plans to introduce terra integrated systems for Azure Stack by the end of this year.
Announcing Azure Migrate
Good news for businesses that want to take the first steps towards digital transformation for their organization, but struggle to get started: Azure Migrate in on its way! According to Microsoft, this new service will provide the guidance, insights, and mechanisms needed to assist companies in migrating to Azure.
Azure DDoS Protection Service preview
Many customers who are in the process of moving their applications to the cloud are concerned about DDoS attacks. And with good reason, according to Microsoft: (…) “the number of documented DDoS attacks grew 380% in Q1 2017 over Q1 2016 according to data from Nexusguard.” Microsoft believes security and availability in the cloud to be a shared responsibility and, in accordance with this statement, is committed to providing customers with solutions that protect both aspects on Azure. During the first day of Ignite, Microsoft announced the preview of Azure DDoS Protection Standard. This service is integrated with Virtual Networks and provides protection for Azure applications from the impacts of DDoS attacks.
Azure Data Box
The last update about advancements in Azure infrastructure was the announcement of the preview program for the Azure Data Box. This appliance (Microsoft uses the words ‘ruggedized’, ‘tamper-resistant’, and ‘human-manageable’ to describe it) enables businesses to easily transfer large data sets to the Azure cloud. This case study (video) about Oceaneering International gives a sneak preview of Azure Data Box in action.
New Experience Center in Amsterdam open for business
After the resounding success of the Azure Stack Experience Center at Resello’s headquarters in Zwolle, a second Experience Center opened its doors at data center partner Interxion in Amsterdam last week. The popularity of Azure Stack and the Experience Center(s) come as no surprise to Berend van Dalfzen, Managing Director at Resello. “Azure Stack provides a solution for a widespread problem: control over the location of data. With Azure Stack, you know exactly where your data is stored and which laws apply. Many resellers and system integrators want to provide this certainty for their customers, combined with the power and possibilities of Azure. This is where Azure Stack comes in.”
Want to see for yourself what Azure Stack is all about? Click here to make an appointment to visit one of our Experience Centers and let our experts show you.
Resello selects Interxion as data centre partner for Microsoft Azure Stack
Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 17 July 2017 – INTERXION HOLDING NV (NYSE: INXN), a leading European provider of carrier and cloud-neutral colocation data centre services, today announced that Resello has selected Interxion as its data centre partner for its pan-European Microsoft Azure Stack deployment. Running on Azure Stack, the Resello Cloud Marketplace now gives resellers the opportunity to deliver value added cloud services with all the scalability and flexibility of Microsoft Azure, without the need for investments in Azure Stack technology or know how, and with the best possible colocation and connectivity services.
Why Azure Stack?
Azure Stack brings all the benefits of Microsoft’s public cloud platform to a customer private data centre environment. The technology is seamlessly integrated with Azure and offers the same user experience and interface, making deployments on Azure Stack just as easy as it is to deploy on Azure.
Customers now have a choice of where to run their data and applications in Azure, either on a dedicated Azure Stack in their private data centre or on Microsoft’s Public Azure or on both.
Resello and Interxion are uniquely positioned to help resellers leverage the benefits of Azure Stack:
- Know-how: Resello is intimately involved in the development of Azure Stack. The company is part of a selected group of global Microsoft Partners that worked closely with Microsoft towards the launch of Azure Stack and is the first Cloud Marketplace that has a fully operational set-up available.
- Seamless integration of public and private: Microsoft’s Azure offering and Azure Stack, will enable businesses to implement the best of public and private cloud into their hybrid strategy. On top of that, Interxion enables Microsoft ExpressRoute via it’s Cloud Connect platform. This dedicated connection to Azure guarantees customers high performance, security and reliability of their hybrid deployment.
- Freedom of choice on where to store data: Data can be stored in any of Interxion’s 45 state-of-the-art Interxion data centres across 11 European countries. Resellers with customers in many countries now have the control they need over the location of their data to comply with different complex and ever more strict laws for privacy and data.
“Working together with partners like Resello is at the core of Interxion’s strategy,” said Jelle-Frank van der Zwet, Director Business Development at Interxion. “The ability to provide enterprises and IT service providers with proven solutions, based on leading technology, is key to accelerating digital transformation. We’re thrilled that Resello, has chosen to work with Interxion to offer these services and become a frontrunner in the market.”
“Interxion enables us to deliver local Azure Stack deployments from data centres across Europe, ensuring compliance with data protection regulations in different countries, supported by the seamless private connection to Azure using ExpressRoute”, said Resello Founder and CEO Valentijn Borstlap. “But most of all, Interxion has proven itself as a true partner. They have been a great help in enabling Azure Stack availability on our platform across Europe.”