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Linux and Open-Source Databases Migration to Microsoft Azure Specialization

Program Overview and Requirements

Program Overview

Partners who demonstrate deep knowledge, extensive experience, and proven success in migrating production workloads running on Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) or SUSE virtual machines (and/or MariaDB, PostgreSQL, MySQL, NoSQL databases in Microsoft Azure) may seek the Linux and Open-Source Databases Migration to Microsoft Azure specialization.

Workload migration presents partners with a unique opportunity to secure long-term cloud relationships with customers, which can lead to high-value, innovative managed services that open up new and recurring revenue streams. The Linux and Open-Source Databases Migration to Microsoft Azure specialization allows partners with an active Solution Partner Designation to further differentiate their organizations, demonstrate their expertise in migrating workloads running on Linux virtual machines and open source databases to Azure, and build stronger connections with customers.

Partners who earn a specialization will have a customer-facing label displayed on their business profile, gain access to specific go-to-market programs, and be prioritized in customer searches in the Microsoft Partner Directory. For these reasons, this opportunity is available only to partners who meet additional, stringent requirements.

Learn more about specializations.

How do I apply?

Only an MPN Account Administrator or a Global Administrator of an organization's Microsoft partner account can submit an application for the Linux and Open-Source Databases Migration to Microsoft Azure specialization on behalf of the organization. If you have the appropriate role and access, you can apply by signing into Partner Center and navigating to your Partner Center dashboard > Membership > Specializations.

What are the requirements?

Eligible partners must meet the highest standards for service delivery and support. All requirements will be verified by Microsoft and/or a third-party vendor, either automatically or by manual review, and are subject to change.

Details

Your organization must have an active Solutions Partner for Data & AI (Azure) designation.

Details

Your company must show customers migration to Azure and meet the following requirements:

Your company must show an average of USD5,000 Linux Virtual Machines (VM) Azure Consumed Revenue (ACR)** in the previous three (3) months from at least three (3) customers (aggregated from across your customers).
AND
Your company must show an average of USD1,500 ACR** in the previous three (3) months from at least three (3) customers* (aggregated from across your customers) from any, or a combination of these databases:

  • Azure Database (DB) for MariaDB
  • Azure DB for MySQL
  • Azure DB for PostgreSQL
  • Azure Cosmos DB

Learn more about Azure ACR.

*Note that you can have the same set of three (3) customers meeting the requirement for both Linux and Open Source Database, or they can be different.

**ACR can be achieved through Digital Partner of Record, Partner Admin Link, and Cloud Solution Provider.

Government subscriptions (i.e. Fairfax) are not eligible for ACR via PAL association.

Details

Your organization must have at least two (2) individuals who pass the following certifications (each certification below is held by at least one individual).

  • Azure Data Engineer Associate certification
  • Azure Administrator Associate certification

You can have a combination of the same individuals or different individuals who meet the certification requirement.

Details

Your company must pass a third-party audit. Please see the audit checklist for more details.