DXC and Microsoft seal alliance around Azure cloud digital transformation

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The partnership follows one the two companies started last year around the migration of analytics workloads to the Azure cloud.

Global IT services firm DXC Technology has signed a deal with Microsoft to set up an international Microsoft Azure Digital Transformation Practice. It is designed to “accelerate” client migration to the public cloud with “greater efficiency and agility”, said the two partners.

DXC and Microsoft are now co-investing in the development of products and services built for Azure, and will go to market jointly with sales, consulting and solution delivery teams composed of DXC’s Azure professionals and Microsoft architects and technical strategists.

DXC says it currently has more than 900 Azure professional certifications among its staff and it plans to increase this to 5,000 in the next three years. The service provider has achieved the highest level of Azure certification, being an Azure Expert Managed Service Provider (MSP), and is one of Microsoft’s largest Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) resellers and providers of software licensing services.

Dan Hushon, DXC senior vice president and chief technology officer, said: “Through this initiative, we will provide clients with a highly integrated team approach to modernising their IT systems on Azure. The result will be a reduced time-to-digital and a more rapid movement of client workloads from legacy IT to a modern cloud architecture on Azure.”

Gavriella Schuster, corporate vice president, One Commercial Partner, Microsoft, said: “The expanded partnership will help organisations more swiftly benefit from digital solutions through Microsoft Azure, bringing them greater innovation and value.”

Last year, DXC launched the industry’s first Analytics Migration Factory for Microsoft Azure in Bangalore, India, and added factories in Manila, Philippines, and Warsaw, Poland, for development, delivery and ongoing support services designed for analytics workload migration to Azure.

Microsoft is currently holding its Inspire partners event in Las Vegas. It has just announced an Azure customer connectivity deal with Aryaka, that will allow users to connect to the public cloud and access Microsoft products and services via the latter’s SD-WAN.