Microsoft announces SaaS incubation center program

Microsoft Corp., today announced its Microsoft SaaS Incubation Center Program. According to the company, its a global initiative to help independent software vendors adopt the Software as a Service delivery model. The program will provide ISVs with business and technical guidance, consulting services and access to an established hosting channel for the reliable and security-enhanced delivery of their applications to customers. SaaS Incubation Center Program partners utilize the Microsoft Solution for Windows-based Hosting for Applications, which provides the platform architecture, guidance and sample scripts for service providers to host SaaS-based applications. Using the platform, hosters can monitor system performance and health, measure system usage, automate server builds and manage security for ISVs. "The growth projections for software delivered as a service present ISVs with significant opportunities, as well as new challenges," said John Zanni, Director of Worldwide Hosting at Microsoft. "Through the SaaS Incubation Center Program, hosting providers are able to combine their traditional expertise in managing infrastructure and delivering services with business and design guidance to help ISVs embrace this new model. Building on the Microsoft Solution for Windows-based Hosting for Applications and the SaaS On-Ramp Program, the SaaS Incubation Center Program helps bring together the world- class infrastructure, consulting services and partnerships ISVs need to be successful." Source: Web Hosting Info

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