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Softchoice launches new Microsoft Azure CSP offering with Keystone Managed Services

December 21, 2017 – Toronto, ON – Softchoice, a leading North American provider of IT solutions and managed services, is pleased to announce the launch of a new cloud offering, combining the release of Microsoft’s Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) platform for Azure with its existing world-class Softchoice Keystone Managed Services for Azure.

“Operating in the cloud and using Azure is new to most organizations, which often lack the required skills and resources to manage subscriptions and consumption effectively,” said Christopher Woodin, Vice President, Microsoft and Software Asset Management, Softchoice. “Our new offering fills that gap by combining Microsoft CSP with our existing Softchoice Keystone Essential Managed Services for Azure to deliver cloud management and cost optimization capabilities to customers.”

As the IT industry continues to move away from traditional multi-year Enterprise Agreements (EAs) and Server Cloud Enrollments (SCE) in favor of subscription service models, Microsoft CSP offers the flexibility of pay-as-you-go with a monthly billing cycle, and the ability to adjust subscriptions, manage consumption costs, and allocate billing accordingly.

Now, when purchasing Azure from Softchoice using CSP, organizations are automatically enrolled in Softchoice’s Keystone Essential Managed Services for Azure. As Microsoft’s largest Azure consumption partner in North America, Softchoice has the experience of helping hundreds of customers leverage Azure to increase their IT agility while also effectively managing their costs. Through Softchoice Managed Services, organizations can leverage that experience and receive the mentorship and guidance they need to successfully build a Hybrid IT environment through 24/7 support from Softchoice Managed Service’s Technical Service Center team. This all-in-one solution gives organizations the convenience of dealing with one organization for support, management and billing, and mentorship, while allowing third-party services to be included, such as Adobe, Docusign, Veeam, or many others.

As a Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider (CSP), Gold Certified Partner, and Licensing Solutions Provider (LSP), Softchoice has over 150 pre-sales, licensing, and system engineers dedicated to streamlining customers’ Microsoft journey. Softchoice is one of the leading Azure partners in North America and has earned a wide range of Microsoft competencies over the years, including Gold Cloud Platform and Gold Cloud Productivity. Softchoice’s Keystone Managed Services are currently ranked #3 in the world on the MSPmentor501 global ranking of managed service providers.

About Softchoice:

Softchoice is one of the largest IT solution and managed service providers in North America. Every day, thousands of organizations rely on Softchoice to provide insight and expertise that speeds the adoption of technology, while managing cost and risk. Softchoice enables organizations to realize the full benefits of public cloud and a modern IT infrastructure through solution design, implementation, asset management, and assessment services, as well as ongoing support and mentorship through managed services. Our employee-driven philanthropic program, Softchoice Cares, focusses on helping to "bridge the digital divide” and provide equal access to education and knowledge through technology in communities across North America and around the world.

Media Contact:

Joel Hoidas
Manager of Communications, Softchoice
Phone: 416-588-9002 ext. 222590
Email: joel.hoidas [at] softchoice.com