Infrastructure-as-a-Service provider, Zettagrid, has become Australia’s first Office 365 ProPlus service provider, selling Microsoft products through its own Cloud.
As part of Microsoft’s Authorised Service Provider for Shared Computer Activation (SCA) program, Zettagrid customers can now take advantage of existing Office 365 ProPlus licensing investments when deploying to the company's Cloud.
Zettagrid chief executive, Nathan Harman, said becoming a Microsoft SCA Authorised Service Provider is part of the company's "ongoing plans" for national growth, while providing more value for customers.
“Our customers have been telling us how much easier it would be for their business if their Office 365 ProPlus license wasn’t separate from their Cloud,” he said.
“So we were pretty keen to be one of the early adopters and as it turns out, we were the first to tick all the boxes and the hurdles.”
When speaking to ARN, Harman said the company went through a six month process to achieve the authorisation.
“There is a bit of grief to go through, but we are the first and I guess that means the most diligent," he added.
"We had been looking to broaden our product offering with Microsoft for ages and this allows us to have our own Cloud as well as augment it with products that we can now sell to our customers from Microsoft.”
As a result, all Office 365 plans that include an Office 365 ProPlus subscription can be deployed to Zettagrid regardless of the licence program or reseller, with licenses deployed via SCA not counting towards a customer’s install limit.
“We’re all about simplifying a complex world for our customers, which is why we set out to become authorised and make it easier for our customers to maximise their Office 365 ProPlus on-premise, while also deploying it in Zettagrid’s Cloud at no extra cost,” Harman added.