Johannesburg-based hosting and managed service provider, Global Micro Solutions, has stepped up its aggressive drive into the local market by becoming the first South African company to achieve gold status in Microsoft’s Hosting Solutions Competency.

Microsoft’s Hosting Partner of the Year for 2010, Global Micro provides so-called "white label" hosting services to some of the country’s leading telecoms companies and bandwidth providers, including Datapro, Vox Telecom and Telkom.
It last month launched an ambitious programme to sign up 40 new partners by June, promising to teach them how to run profitable hosting and managed services practices.
Global Micro MD, JJ Milner, says the Microsoft Hosting Competency certification sends a clear message to the marketplace about the company’s commitment to setting the highest standards in customer service and support.
“Potential partners and businesses are looking for partner companies that can bridge the gap between their business demands and technology capabilities,” says Milner.
“They need a strategic adviser for their long-term technology plans. Our Microsoft Gold Partner status is another proofpoint to our ability to offer the best solutions on the market, and gives our customers the sense of confidence that is needed in the world of the cloud.”
Global Micro has also beefed up its offering to potential partners by signing a deal with Level Platforms, which will allow partners to offer their local clients a uniquely flexible Hosted Level Platforms service.
Level Platforms is a leader in remote monitoring and management software, and the deal means Global Micro’s partners will be able to remotely monitor and manage their customer networks, without incurring the cost of building their own support infrastructure.
Milner says the benefits to partners include immediate increased profitability through a simple to manage “pay as you go, pay as you grow” model.
“Our aim is really to own the Microsoft-hosted infrastructure space in South Africa,” says Milner.
“We really want to cut though the hype around hosting and cloud, and be the reality check for potential hosting partners and customers. It’s all about being simple, sustainable and successful – and to do that, you’ve got to have the best offering and the best skills.”