Leading managed services provider selects Microsoft cloud platform to fuel modernisation programme
Microsoft today announces that Daisy Group, a leading managed services provider, has adopted Microsoft Azure as part of a modernisation programme to reshape both the business and the services it offers to customers.
As a result, Daisy Group will offer a next-generation hybrid hosting platform, combining Azure with its own private cloud, enabling its customers to move away from legacy on-premise systems to become cloud-enabled businesses. This will ensure customers can take advantage of a host of new services, including machine learning, big data, AI and cognitive services, to transform their own organisations.
Following a series of acquisitions in recent years, the move to Azure will enable Daisy Group to streamline its offering, reduce its own data centre footprint and stimulate innovation in its customer base. The company will continue to offer a hybrid cloud environment for organisations that need to retain some data in a private cloud environment to meet regulatory requirements.
Today, Daisy provides hosting managed services for more than 1,000 corporate customers, all of whom can benefit from the potential of the partnership.
Daisy Group Chief Digital Officer Nathan Marke said: “The cloud has already reinvented the way in which we live our lives, and more and more businesses now get it. Daisy’s customers want to access the power of Azure as a platform for digital transformation, but they want to do it safe in the knowledge that their business operations will work seamlessly across old and new. With Microsoft’s excellent support we have been gearing up to deliver our customers exactly that – the latest in public cloud innovation, integrated seamlessly and securely with the traditional infrastructure on which their businesses run today, connected together by Daisy’s network wrapped with a ‘one-stop-shop’ managed service. With decades of experience in traditional hosting, telecoms and IT services, we can help our customers join the dots between old and new, enabling them to move quickly and safely into the cloud at a pace that suits their appetite for change.”
“Digital transformation is not just about how you optimise your own operations but how you transform the services you offer and the value this creates for your customers,” says Mark Smith, Azure Business Lead, Microsoft UK. “By moving to Azure, Daisy Group is creating a converged solution that enables its customers to take advantage of a host of new digital services, available on demand and at scale that will enable them to fundamentally reshape their own business models. It is fantastic to see a traditional managed service provider embracing a new approach that will fuel significant growth for the business and its customers alike.”
Daisy Group CEO Neil Muller said: “This is a win-win for Microsoft, Daisy and our customers. Unlocking the true power of digital is key for all businesses. Microsoft’s Azure offering is the perfect platform upon which progressive businesses can develop, innovate and expand. I am delighted that we have been able to grow and intensify our hugely strategic and exciting partnership with Microsoft in this way. I look forward to seeing our collaboration unlock our customers’ limitless potential, and to it delivering us both an exciting future working closely together.”
Cindy Rose, CEO, Microsoft UK adds: “In putting its trust in Microsoft, Daisy Group is not only transforming the services it offers but the very culture of the organisation. This is an important step for both the business and its customers and further demonstrates how Microsoft Azure can enable any business of any size to innovate and scale to any level.”