Enterhost Secures Four Gold and Two Silver Competencies in Microsoft Annual Certification Protocol

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Enterhost's new suite of Microsoft competencies confirms the company's expertise in a variety of hosted, cloud, and on-premises solutions

Ben Tiblets, Co-President of Enterhost, today announced the company has attained a new level of Microsoft certification, securing gold competencies in hosting, communications, datacenter, and devices and deployment; and silver competencies in small and midmarket cloud solutions, and midmarket solution provider. This year’s renewal reflects the company’s commitment to and competency in cloud and productivity solutions, including services around Microsoft's Office 365 products.

According to Enterhost, Microsoft's competency program has changed over the past few years, as they have created new programs and retired others to reflect Microsoft's cloud focus. Enterhost works closely with Microsoft and has been shifting its business and solutions as well, evolving their expertise and offerings, which includes Enterhost obtaining Microsoft Cloud Solutions Provider (CSP) status in 2015.

"We used Microsoft's competency evolution as an opportunity to propel our business forward by increasing the number of Microsoft Certified Professionals on staff while focusing on Microsoft's innovative cloud solutions," said Mr. Tiblets. "These competencies give our team the tools we need to implement a variety of programs for customers in all industries."

A high-level overview of what the competencies mean for Enterhost and its customers:

  • Gold Communications: Microsoft Skype for Business and unified communications solutions
  • Gold Hosting: datacenter and hosted solutions
  • Gold Datacenter: private cloud, datacenter, and management and virtualization services
  • Gold Devices and Deployment: desktop, Windows migrations and upgrades
  • Silver Small and Midmarket Cloud Solutions: Office 365 cloud and hybrid solutions for small and mid-sized businesses
  • Silver Midmarket Solution Provider: midsize business infrastructure support and management

Enterhost previously held a gold competency in management and virtualization, and a silver competency in server platform, but Microsoft merged the two disciplines to form a new, evolved competency: datacenter.

These gold-level achievements enable Enterhost to provide Planning Services Days for Microsoft customers that have software assurance vouchers as a result of EA agreement purchases.

The Microsoft Certified Partner Gold and Silver Competencies are reserved for companies who meet Microsoft’s most stringent and demanding partnership requirements. Almost all Enterhost employees participate in the annual renewal process: the technical support team is Microsoft Certified by excelling at a host of technical exams, the sales and marketing departments undergo extensive product and service training, and the company provides numerous customer references, as well as meets aggressive annual sales goals set by Microsoft.

Microsoft updates its partner program requirements on an annual basis, continuously raising the bar and making it more difficult to obtain Gold competencies. According to Enterhost, despite the yearly changes to the rigorous program, the company has achieved Gold status at each renewal since 2007, consistently dedicating time and resources towards Microsoft’s evolving protocol.

“This demanding annual process is an opportunity to challenge our team to be the best there is in our field, which in turn directly benefits our customers," said Mr. Tiblets. "Our long-standing relationship with Microsoft since 2000, and our ability to offer the highest level of technical ability and fluency in the IT industry are represented by this industry gold standard: the Microsoft Gold competencies.”

Founded in 2000, Enterhost is a leading provider of IT business solutions, specializing in Windows applications for unified communications, as well as cloud storage, backup, disaster recovery, virtualization and colocation. Enterhost’s team of Microsoft-certified professionals provides support for clients worldwide. The company has achieved key partner competencies with Microsoft (Gold Communications, Gold Hosting, Gold Devices and Deployment, Gold Datacenter, Silver Small and Midmarket Cloud Solutions, and Silver Midmarket Solution Provider), Dell (Premier), VMWare (Professional Service Provider), For more information, visit http://www.enterhost.com, or follow Enterhost on the company’s blog (http://enterhost.com/blog/), LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/company/enterhost), Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/enterhostIT), Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/enterhost), YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/user/enterhost) and Google+ (https://plus.google.com/+Enterhost/posts).

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