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Microsoft Offers Data Center Tool Kit

Software giant Microsoft announced this week from the Microsoft Hosting Summit in Bellevue, Washington, that it is introducing the new Dynamic Data Center Tool Kit.

This week's Microsoft Hosting Summit 2009 outlined the company's comprehensive new strategy to help hosting providers adapt to the industry shift toward a software plus services delivery method.

The new Dynamic Data Center Tool Kit enables hosting providers to build and launch managed services powered by Windows Server 2008 with Hyper-V and Microsoft System Center.

Microsoft says the Dynamic Data Center Tool Kit offers guidance, sample code, best practices and collateral "to help hosting partners deploy managed hosting offerings," as well as step-by-step instructions on developing a virtualized, scalable infrastructure and marketing tips for hosting partners to sell managed services and solution.

Those hosting providers that are members of the Microsoft Hosting Community, an extension of the Microsoft Partner Program, will be able to access the tool kit.

Microsoft also promoted Windows Server 2008 with Hyper-V technology and Microsoft System Center at the Summit, as well as highlighted the "cost-reducing updates" it has added to its services provider license agreement.

Microsoft System Center enables a hosting provider to manage its clients' and servers' physical and virtual assets on the same platform, while Hyper-V technology lets them run several virtual machines on a single machine.

"During these difficult economic times, hosted services are more important than ever as customers look for ways to reduce cost and increase efficiencies," says John Zanni, general manager of the worldwide software plus services industry for the communications sector at Microsoft. "There is a tremendous opportunity for hosting providers to partner with Microsoft to transition from mass-market hosting into higher-margin managed services."

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