DiscountASP.NET maintains Microsoft Silver Datacenter Competency status under the Microsoft Partner Network Program. Every year we spend time and resources on the partner renewal process because we believe that it demonstrates both our expertise with Microsoft technologies as well as our proven ability to continue to meet our customers' hosting needs. We have been certified continually since 2006.
We’ve been touting our Microsoft Gold Partner status since 2006, but in 2017, Microsoft made some big changes to the Partner Network. First, they retired the Hosting competency and directed all of us to shift to the Datacenter competency. But another major change was placing more emphasis on revenue generation. Since greatly increased SPLA licensing revenue is now required to achieve the Gold Partner status, only the biggest companies will qualify (even though we meet all the other technical and customer service requirements).
There isn't much we can do about that, so we'll just remind you that it was our long term relationship with Microsoft has allowed us to be the first host to launch source control hosting with hosted Team Foundation Server, and elastic cloud website hosting called Everleap, which is based on the Microsoft Azure Pack.
The Microsoft Partner Network Program provides a rich array of benefits, including access, training and support, giving us a competitive advantage for launching new technologies quickly.
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Some of the requirements of the Microsoft Hosting Competency program
- Microsoft Certified Professionals on staff who have passed specific exams required for hosting competency (the exam requirements evolve to make sure staff are up-to-date with their skills)
- Customer references
- Signed Microsoft service provider licensing agreement
- Microsoft Partner membership fees