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  • Partner listings on Azure.com fall into two categories – technology partners who build ready-made solutions on Microsoft Azure that are available on the Azure Marketplace and AppSource as well as service partners who help customers design, build and manage Azure solutions customized for your business that are listed on the Azure Partner Directory.

  • The Azure Marketplace is an online store for certified, open source, and community software applications, developer services, and data—pre-configured for Azure.

    The listings on the partner tab come under the Azure Partner Directory which is dedicated to Microsoft’s service partners. These partners design, build and manage Azure solutions that are customized for an organization’s needs.

  • The Microsoft Partner Network (MPN) is a broad voluntary partner program designed to help qualified technology companies build, sell, provide, service, and support solutions based on Microsoft technologies. To qualify for the MPN, a technology company must sell or provide more than 75 percent of its IT solutions and services or derive 75percent or more of their total revenues through the external monetization of their IP solution(s) to unaffiliated third parties (i.e., parties that are not affiliates).

    For more details on the Microsoft Partner Network, visit the MPN page.

  • The MPN is a broad voluntary partner program that promotes partners’ solutions and services and also provides technical and marketing training, support, and specialized networking opportunities.

    The Azure Partner Directory is a listing tool for customers to find partners that specialize in Azure solutions and services. The partners listed in the Azure Partner Directory are a subset of MPN i.e. the Silver and Gold Cloud Platform competency partners.

  • Partner Center is a part of MPN and used by services partners and technology partners to promote software applications and professional services to the market. It also helps customers find partner solutions.

Partners

  • Both Azure Marketplace and AppSource have well defined processes to onboard new applications with requirements varying based on the type of application being onboarded. The process and timelines vary depending on the type of artifact (application) that is being published.

  • Service partners can apply to be listed by filling out a form on the Azure Partner Directory.

    To ensure that our customers get exposure to top Microsoft Partners, only those Partners in the Microsoft Partner Network that have a Silver or Gold Cloud Platform competency are listed in the Azure Partner Directory.

    Once you submit your application to the Azure Partner Directory, we vet the details to ensure correctness and send you a link to the onboarding portal where you can fill out the marketing profile. Once you submit that profile, it will go live within a period of 3 business days with the assumption that your submitted profile is complete and correct.

  • The goal of the Azure Partner Directory is to have a listing for customers who need to connect with Partners in the context of leveraging the Azure public cloud offering. With that in mind we are asking partners to describe their business in the context of Microsoft Azure services/solutions they provide that meet a customer’s need.

    • In general, comply with Azure brand guidelines (e.g. Microsoft Azure, not Windows Azure)
    • Profile must contain a logo (340X148 pixels, .png, .jpg or .jpeg)
    • URL should reference your Microsoft azure business and not a generic homepage
    • Service description should not be generic (e.g. overview of company) but specific to your Microsoft Azure service practice
    • Profile must reference only those Azure services/solutions for which you have an active practice and expertise
  • To become an MPN partner, you must enroll in the MPN program. This program is voluntary. Benefits include training, support, and networking opportunities. For more information visit MPN for more details.

  • To achieve Silver or Gold MPN Cloud Platform competency, a partner must go through a series of steps including assessments/exams, providing customer evidence, meeting a revenue/consumption threshold, etc. For more details, visit the MPN Cloud Platform competency site.

Customers

  • On Azure.com you can find Technology partners that build ready-made solutions on Azure for you to use in your business. These partner solutions are available on Azure Marketplace and AppSource.

    Additionally, you can also find Service partners help you design, build, and manage Azure solutions that are customized for your business. You can find these partners on the Azure Partner Directory.

  • The Azure Marketplace currently offers virtual machine images, solution templates and web apps.

  • Yes, there is a community forum, a support forum, and a blog.

  • Please contact Azure Support.

  • To report suspected security issues or abuse of Azure, please contact the cert.microsoft.com team, which is available 24/7.