Amazon Web Services Launches Managed Service Provider Program With 6 Partners

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Amazon Web Services on Tuesday named the first six solution providers it has certified to offer managed services on its cloud as part of a new partner program.

The six partners forming the inaugural AWS managed service provider program class are 2nd Watch, Datapipe, Smartronix, Cascadeo, Day1 Solutions and RightBrain Networks. They all proved their operational and security competencies to a third-party auditor.

The program, revealed to APN partners at Amazon's re:Invent conference last year, is designed to offer enterprise customers a better means of selecting MSPs with the expertise to migrate and manage their workloads in the cloud.

[Related: AWS re:Invent Kicks Off With Amazon Pledging Greater Support For Partners]

"Our goal in creating the program was to establish a common customer experience when engaging AWS Managed Service Partners," said Kate Miller, content manager for Amazon's partner program, in the AWS blog.

"In doing this, we hope to help customers easily identify APN Partners who meet our high bar, and who possess deep AWS knowledge in conjunction with the right IT Service Management capabilities to deliver cloud managed services," Miller said.

Amazon will provide those partners guidance in developing their managed service practices, along with the cloud provider's imprimatur, which goes along way with potential customers often confused by the number of solution providers who claim cloud expertise.

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