In order to better manage organizations' journeys to the public cloud, Microsoft is partnering with IT services vendor DXC Technology.
DXC is expanding is partnership with Microsoft by launching a Microsoft Digital Transformation Practice to accelerate client migration to the Azure public cloud.
DXC and Microsoft will co-invest in the development of products and services built for Azure, and go to market jointly with sales, consulting and solution delivery teams composed of DXC’s Azure professionals and Microsoft architects and technical strategists.
While organizations are increasingly shifting workloads to the cloud as part of their digital strategies, they often lack the in-house know how to make those migrations happen. According to Gartner, the worldwide public cloud services market is projected to grow 17% this year to total $214.3 billion, up from $182 billion last year.
“Organizations need cloud-related services to get onboarded onto public clouds and to transform their operations as they adopt public cloud services,” said Sid Nag, research vice president at Gartner, in a statement. “Currently almost 19% of cloud budgets are spent on cloud-related services, such as cloud consulting, implementation, migration and managed services, and Gartner expects that this rate will increase to 28% by 2022.”
According to a recent study by Spiceworks, businesses in North America and Europe are set to nearly double the amount of workloads and applications they run in the public cloud within the next one to two years.
DXC has the chops to serve as Microsoft's partner having previously achieved the highest level of Azure certification. Tysons, Virginia-based DXC is one of Microsoft's largest cloud solution provider resellers and providers of software-licensing services.
DXC has more than 900 Azure professional certifications, 900 analytics clients and 8,000 analytics and AI professionals worldwide. DXC plans to increase its global Azure certifications to 5,000 in the next three years.
Terms of the expanded partnership weren't announced.
While Azure continues to build out its cloud partnerships, applications and technologies, it trails Amazon Web Services by a wide margin. According to Synergy Research Group, Amazon Web Services increased its market share at the end of last year to the point where it is equivalent in size to the next four competitors combined. In order, Microsoft, Google, IBM and Alibaba held the top spots after AWS.