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Windows Server and SQL Server Migration to Microsoft Azure Specialization

Program Overview and Requirements

Program Overview

Partners who demonstrate deep knowledge, extensive experience, and proven success in migrating Windows Server and SQL Server-based production workloads to Microsoft Azure may seek the Windows Server and SQL Server 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 Windows Server and SQL Server Migration to Microsoft Azure specialization allows partners with an active Solutions Partner for Infrastructure (Azure) designation to further differentiate their organizations, demonstrate their capabilities, 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 Windows Server and SQL Server 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 Infrastructure (Azure) designation.

Details

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

Your company must show an average of USD10,000 Windows Server Virtual Machine (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 USD3,000 from SQL Managed Instance (MI), SQL Database (DB) and SQL VM ACR** in the previous three (3) months from at least (3) customers (aggregated from across your customers). At least USD1,000 of that average must be from SQL MI or SQL DB.

Learn more about Azure ACR.

Note: Your company can have the same set of three (3) customers meeting the requirement for both Windows and SQL Server or they could 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 company must have at least three (3) individuals who have passed the following certification (each certification listed below is held by at least one individual):

  • Azure DevOps Engineer Expert certification
  • Azure Data Engineer Associate certification
  • Azure Administrator Associate certification

Details

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