Managed Applications are now available in the Azure Marketplace, enabling users to deploy entire applications in Azure, to then be fully managed and maintained by partners.
In a recent blog post, Corey Sanders, director of compute at Azure, said: “This new distribution channel for our partners will change customer expectations in the public cloud. Unlike our competitors, in Azure, a marketplace application can now be much more than just deployment and set-up. Now it can be a fully supported and managed solution. This is a first in the public cloud!”
Sanders continued: “This solution allows partners such as Xcalar to deliver both the application and a fully operated solution, offering ‘Ap/Ops.’ It also means that Xcalar will maintain and service the application solution directly in your Azure environment.”
With Managed Applications, managed service providers, independent software vendors and system integrators can build turnkey cloud solutions using Azure Resource Manager templates.
Customers can then deploy these solutions in their own Azure subscription as a sealed service, which is fully operated and maintained by the partner across the solution lifecycle.
“Azure Managed Applications allows Xcalar Data Platform to provide a higher quality of service and help forge stronger partnerships with our customers. Enterprise applications, Azure cloud infrastructure, and production operations can now be packaged into a single solution,” said Vikram Joshi, co-founder and CEO, Xcalar.
"We're delighted to be bringing the power and simplicity of Cisco Meraki cloud networking to customers using Microsoft Azure. Our two companies both share a passion for better IT, and by leveraging our powerful Auto VPN and SD-WAN features we can seamlessly connect users to the resources they depend on every day," said Raviv Levi, senior product line manager, Cisco Meraki.
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