Datacenter

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Check your competency status

View your competency status to stay on track of all your active and in-progress competencies.

 

Microsoft products associated with this competency

 

Choose the right option for you

Every partner has their own ways of achieving success. Find your way with the option that aligns to your capabilities and business focus. Then obtain this competency by showcasing those unique abilities, completing your organization’s profile, and paying the fee.

This competency has options available in these categories:

Skills Assessment

Put your product knowledge to the test by passing exams and assessments.

Performance

Prove your ability to meet performance goals, train individuals, and put your product knowledge to use.

Benefits

Silver

Gold

Receive a set of core benefits as part of your Microsoft Partner Network membership

Eligibility for the Microsoft Managed Reseller Incentive. Learn more about incentives
Signature Support
Deepen customer relationships by becoming a provider of Private Cloud, Management and Virtualization Deployment Planning Services (PVDPS)
Access the Microsoft Partner Server and Cloud site for exclusive content and resources to help you win new deals and deliver projects successfully

Receive a set of core benefits as part of your Microsoft Partner Network membership

Silver
Gold
Eligibility for the Microsoft Managed Reseller Incentive. Learn more about incentives
Silver
Gold
Signature Support
Silver
Gold
Deepen customer relationships by becoming a provider of Private Cloud, Management and Virtualization Deployment Planning Services (PVDPS)
Silver
Gold
Access the Microsoft Partner Server and Cloud site for exclusive content and resources to help you win new deals and deliver projects successfully
Silver
Gold


Silver

Complete the following four steps to earn the Silver Datacenter Competency.

1. Pass an exam

Two people must pass one of the following exams:

System Center 2012 Focus Virtualization Focus Windows Server 2012 Focus Windows Server 2016 Focus

Training content for the exams and certifications can be found on Partner University learning paths.

If your employees or contractors pass the competency exams, you can count those exams toward attaining multiple silver competencies.

Tip: Partners can work on obtaining their customer evidence and organization profile requirements before completing the technical requirements listed above.

2. Provide customer evidence

Your organization must have three customer references from within the previous 12 months from customers whom you have provided solutions based on the products and technologies associated with this competency.

After a reference has been approved by both your customer and Microsoft, it can be used toward earning or renewing the competency for up to two years.

Requests for a reference can be submitted through the Partner Membership Center.

Click here to see a sample customer reference email. Please note that Microsoft may not contact all of your submitted customer references, and some of these may be auto-approved by our system.

3. Complete your organization’s profile

Your account administrator must provide specific information about your organization through the Partner Membership Center.

4. Pay the competency fee

The fee is due one time per year—no matter how many competencies your organization earns. The fee varies by location. Pay the fee through the Partner Membership Center.

According to the URL that you are currently visiting, your fee would be $1,660, not including applicable local taxes and fees.

This fee will also be presented to you during the enrollment process. Your actual fee will be based on the physical location of your company.

Gold

Complete the following four steps to earn the Gold Datacenter Competency.

1. Pass a certification

Four people must pass one of the following certifications:

Training content for the exams and certifications can be found on Partner University learning paths.

If your employees or contractors pass the competency exams, you can count those exams toward attaining multiple gold competencies.

Tip: Partners can work on obtaining their customer evidence and organization profile requirements before completing the technical requirements listed above.

2. Provide customer evidence

Your organization must have five customer references from within the previous 12 months from customers whom you have provided solutions based on the products and technologies associated with this competency.

After a reference has been approved by both your customer and Microsoft, it can be used toward earning or renewing the competency for up to two years.

Requests for a reference can be submitted through the Partner Membership Center.

Click here to see a sample customer reference email. Please note that Microsoft may not contact all of your submitted customer references, and some of these may be auto-approved by our system.

3. Complete your organization’s profile

Your account administrator must provide specific information about your organization through the Partner Membership Center.

4. Pay the competency fee

The fee is due one time per year—no matter how many competencies your organization earns. The fee varies by location. Pay the fee through the Partner Membership Center.

According to the URL that you are currently visiting, your fee would be $4,730, not including applicable local taxes and fees.

This fee will also be presented to you during the enrollment process. Your actual fee will be based on the physical location of your company

Note: Partners who attain a gold competency after they have already attained a silver competency can upgrade that year to gold for no additional cost (unless a partner is within the last 90-day renewal period, in which case the full gold competency membership fee is due).


Silver

Complete the following four steps to earn the Silver Datacenter Competency.

1. Pass an exam

Two people must pass one of the following exams:

System Center 2012 Focus Virtualization Focus Windows Server 2012 Focus Windows Server 2016 Focus

Training content for the exams and certifications can be found on Partner University learning paths.

If your employees or contractors pass the competency exams, you can count those exams toward attaining multiple silver competencies.

Tip: Partners can work on obtaining their customer evidence and organization profile requirements before completing the technical requirements listed above.

2. Provide customer evidence

Your organization must have three customer references from within the previous 12 months from customers whom you have provided solutions based on the products and technologies associated with this competency.

After a reference has been approved by both your customer and Microsoft, it can be used toward earning or renewing the competency for up to two years.

Requests for a reference can be submitted through the Partner Membership Center.

Click here to see a sample customer reference email. Please note that Microsoft may not contact all of your submitted customer references, and some of these may be auto-approved by our system.

3. Complete your organization’s profile

Your account administrator must provide specific information about your organization through the Partner Membership Center.

4. Pay the competency fee

The fee is due one time per year—no matter how many competencies your organization earns. The fee varies by location. Pay the fee through the Partner Membership Center.

According to the URL that you are currently visiting, your fee would be $1,660, not including applicable local taxes and fees.

This fee will also be presented to you during the enrollment process. Your actual fee will be based on the physical location of your company.

Gold

Complete the following four steps to earn the Gold Datacenter Competency.

1. Pass a certification

Four people must pass one of the following certifications:

Training content for the exams and certifications can be found on Partner University learning paths.

If your employees or contractors pass the competency exams, you can count those exams toward attaining multiple gold competencies.

Tip: Partners can work on obtaining their customer evidence and organization profile requirements before completing the technical requirements listed above.

2. Provide customer evidence

Your organization must have five customer references from within the previous 12 months from customers whom you have provided solutions based on the products and technologies associated with this competency.

After a reference has been approved by both your customer and Microsoft, it can be used toward earning or renewing the competency for up to two years.

Requests for a reference can be submitted through the Partner Membership Center.

Click here to see a sample customer reference email. Please note that Microsoft may not contact all of your submitted customer references, and some of these may be auto-approved by our system.

3. Complete your organization’s profile

Your account administrator must provide specific information about your organization through the Partner Membership Center.

4. Pay the competency fee

The fee is due one time per year—no matter how many competencies your organization earns. The fee varies by location. Pay the fee through the Partner Membership Center.

According to the URL that you are currently visiting, your fee would be $4,730, not including applicable local taxes and fees.

This fee will also be presented to you during the enrollment process. Your actual fee will be based on the physical location of your company

Note: Partners who attain a gold competency after they have already attained a silver competency can upgrade that year to gold for no additional cost (unless a partner is within the last 90-day renewal period, in which case the full gold competency membership fee is due).


Silver

Complete the following five steps to earn the Silver Datacenter Competency.

1. Meet the performance requirements

You must have trained 200 individuals.

2. Pass the exams

You must have two Microsoft Certified Trainers and two people must pass one of the following exams:

System Center 2012 Focus

Virtualization Focus

Windows Server 2012 Focus

Windows Server 2016 Focus

Training content for the exams and certifications can be found on the Partner University learning paths.

If your employees or contractors pass the competency exams, you can count those exams toward attaining multiple silver competencies.

Tip: Partners can work on obtaining their customer evidence and organization profile requirements before completing the technical requirements listed above.

3. Submit your application

Partners new to the Learning Partner Option must complete the business application template, and submit for approval by following instructions in the document.

4. Provide customer evidence

Your organization must have three customer references from within the previous 12 months from customers whom you have provided solutions based on the products and technologies associated with this competency.

After a reference has been approved by both your customer and Microsoft, it can be used toward earning or renewing the competency for up to two years.

Requests for a reference can be submitted through the Partner Membership Center.

Click here to see a sample customer reference email. Please note that Microsoft may not contact all of your submitted customer references, and some of these may be auto-approved by our system.

5. Complete your organization’s profile

Your account administrator must provide specific information about your organization through the Partner Membership Center.

6. Pay the competency fee

The fee is due one time per year—no matter how many competencies your organization earns. The fee varies by location. Pay the fee through the Partner Membership Center.

According to the URL that you are currently visiting, your fee would be $1,660, not including applicable local taxes and fees.

This fee will also be presented to you during the enrollment process. Your actual fee will be based on the physical location of your company.

Gold

Complete the following five steps to earn the Gold Datacenter Competency.

1. Meet the performance requirements

You must have trained 5,000 individuals and have generated US$500,000 of revenue. Convert this performance requirement into your local currency.

2. Pass a certification

You must have four Microsoft Certified Trainers and four people must pass one of the following certifications:

Training content for the exams and certifications can be found on the Partner University learning paths.

If your employees or contractors pass the competency exams, you can count those exams toward attaining multiple gold competencies.

Tip: Partners can work on obtaining their customer evidence and organization profile requirements before completing the technical requirements listed above.

3. Submit your business plan

Partners must provide a Microsoft approved Annual Gold Partner Business Plan.

4. Provide customer evidence

Your organization must have five customer references from within the previous 12 months from customers whom you have provided solutions based on the products and technologies associated with this competency.

After a reference has been approved by both your customer and Microsoft, it can be used toward earning or renewing the competency for up to two years.

Requests for a reference can be submitted through the Partner Membership Center.

Click here to see a sample customer reference email. Please note that Microsoft may not contact all of your submitted customer references, and some of these may be auto-approved by our system.

5. Complete your organization’s profile

Your account administrator must provide specific information about your organization through the Partner Membership Center.

6. Pay the competency fee

The fee is due one time per year—no matter how many competencies your organization earns. The fee varies by location. Pay the fee through the Partner Membership Center.

According to the URL that you are currently visiting, your fee would be $4,730, not including applicable local taxes and fees.

This fee will also be presented to you during the enrollment process. Your actual fee will be based on the physical location of your company.

Note: Partners who attain a gold competency after they have already attained a silver competency can upgrade that year to gold for no additional cost (unless a partner is within the last 90-day renewal period, in which case the full gold competency membership fee is due).


Silver

Complete the following five steps to earn the Silver Datacenter Competency.

1. Meet the performance requirements

You must have trained 200 individuals.

2. Pass the exams

You must have two Microsoft Certified Trainers and two people must pass one of the following exams:

System Center 2012 Focus

Virtualization Focus

Windows Server 2012 Focus

Windows Server 2016 Focus

Training content for the exams and certifications can be found on the Partner University learning paths.

If your employees or contractors pass the competency exams, you can count those exams toward attaining multiple silver competencies.

Tip: Partners can work on obtaining their customer evidence and organization profile requirements before completing the technical requirements listed above.

3. Submit your application

Partners new to the Learning Partner Option must complete the business application template, and submit for approval by following instructions in the document.

4. Provide customer evidence

Your organization must have three customer references from within the previous 12 months from customers whom you have provided solutions based on the products and technologies associated with this competency.

After a reference has been approved by both your customer and Microsoft, it can be used toward earning or renewing the competency for up to two years.

Requests for a reference can be submitted through the Partner Membership Center.

Click here to see a sample customer reference email. Please note that Microsoft may not contact all of your submitted customer references, and some of these may be auto-approved by our system.

5. Complete your organization’s profile

Your account administrator must provide specific information about your organization through the Partner Membership Center.

6. Pay the competency fee

The fee is due one time per year—no matter how many competencies your organization earns. The fee varies by location. Pay the fee through the Partner Membership Center.

According to the URL that you are currently visiting, your fee would be $1,660, not including applicable local taxes and fees.

This fee will also be presented to you during the enrollment process. Your actual fee will be based on the physical location of your company.

Gold

Complete the following five steps to earn the Gold Datacenter Competency.

1. Meet the performance requirements

You must have trained 5,000 individuals and have generated US$500,000 of revenue. Convert this performance requirement into your local currency.

2. Pass a certification

You must have four Microsoft Certified Trainers and four people must pass one of the following certifications:

Training content for the exams and certifications can be found on the Partner University learning paths.

If your employees or contractors pass the competency exams, you can count those exams toward attaining multiple gold competencies.

Tip: Partners can work on obtaining their customer evidence and organization profile requirements before completing the technical requirements listed above.

3. Submit your business plan

Partners must provide a Microsoft approved Annual Gold Partner Business Plan.

4. Provide customer evidence

Your organization must have five customer references from within the previous 12 months from customers whom you have provided solutions based on the products and technologies associated with this competency.

After a reference has been approved by both your customer and Microsoft, it can be used toward earning or renewing the competency for up to two years.

Requests for a reference can be submitted through the Partner Membership Center.

Click here to see a sample customer reference email. Please note that Microsoft may not contact all of your submitted customer references, and some of these may be auto-approved by our system.

5. Complete your organization’s profile

Your account administrator must provide specific information about your organization through the Partner Membership Center.

6. Pay the competency fee

The fee is due one time per year—no matter how many competencies your organization earns. The fee varies by location. Pay the fee through the Partner Membership Center.

According to the URL that you are currently visiting, your fee would be $4,730, not including applicable local taxes and fees.

This fee will also be presented to you during the enrollment process. Your actual fee will be based on the physical location of your company.

Note: Partners who attain a gold competency after they have already attained a silver competency can upgrade that year to gold for no additional cost (unless a partner is within the last 90-day renewal period, in which case the full gold competency membership fee is due).

Benefits

Silver

Gold

Receive a set of core benefits as part of your Microsoft Partner Network membership

Eligibility for the Microsoft Managed Reseller Incentive. Learn more about incentives
Signature Support
Deepen customer relationships by becoming a provider of Private Cloud, Management and Virtualization Deployment Planning Services (PVDPS)
Access the Microsoft Partner Server and Cloud site for exclusive content and resources to help you win new deals and deliver projects successfully

Receive a set of core benefits as part of your Microsoft Partner Network membership

Silver
Gold
Eligibility for the Microsoft Managed Reseller Incentive. Learn more about incentives
Silver
Gold
Signature Support
Silver
Gold
Deepen customer relationships by becoming a provider of Private Cloud, Management and Virtualization Deployment Planning Services (PVDPS)
Silver
Gold
Access the Microsoft Partner Server and Cloud site for exclusive content and resources to help you win new deals and deliver projects successfully
Silver
Gold

Datacenter resources

Ready to go Silver or Gold?

As an admin for your organization, you can manage and track your company’s competency in the Partner Membership Center