eMazzanti Technologies Wins 2012 Microsoft Partner of the Year Award
Hoboken, NJ – June 25, 2012 – Today,eMazzanti Technologies proudly announces it won the 2012 Microsoft Small Business Specialist Partner of the Year Award. The company is honored among a global field of top Microsoft partners for demonstrating excellence in innovation and implementation of customer solutions based on Microsoft technology.
“This achievement represents our commitment to deliver cutting-edge products and services built on Microsoft technologies,” said Jennifer Mazzanti, president, eMazzanti Technologies. “With our competency in the newest technologies, our customers get solutions that have dramatic, positive impact on their businesses.”
3,000 Entrants Worldwide
Awards are presented in multiple categories, with winners chosen from a set of nearly 3,000 entrants worldwide. Microsoft recognizes eMazzanti Technologies ability to provide outstanding solutions and services in the Small Business market space.
The Small Business Specialist Partner of the Year Award honors a partner who used Microsoft technology in innovative ways to deploy integrated solutions that served customers in the small business space. This award is only for partners actively enrolled in the Microsoft Small Business Specialist Community. The winner demonstrated innovative excellence and proficiency in deploying solutions that used the latest Microsoft technology stack scaled for small businesses. Key Microsoft products to be considered were Windows, Office, the Windows Server product family (Windows Server, Windows Small Business Server, and Windows Essential Business Server) including virtualization and management technologies, SQL Server, Exchange Server, and SharePoint Server.
“Microsoft is pleased to recognize eMazzanti Technologies as the Microsoft Small Business Specialist Partner of the Year for their proven success in providing technology solutions for small businesses. They have aggressively acquired new capabilities across the Microsoft infrastructure, productivity, and cloud offerings aligned to the evolving needs of the small business customer. The award highlights eMazzanti as a trusted advisor for their small business customers and their commitment to use Microsoft products and cloud offerings to translate customers’ business needs into technology solutions in a cost-effective manner,” said Thomas Hansen, vice president, WW SMB, Microsoft Corporation.
The Microsoft Partner Awards recognize Microsoft partners that have developed and delivered exceptional Microsoft-based solutions during the past year.
Winning Solution-Professional Services
Part of the requirement each Microsoft Partner of the Year entrant had to demonstrate was an actual customer deployment so a professional services client was a perfect candidate for a powerful Microsoft solution.
The professional services firm ran on a variety of client operating systems, including several versions of the Windows operating system. On the server side, it ran Red Hat Linux. Maintaining this mixed infrastructure was a challenge. As none of the desktop or laptop computers were locked down, employees could easily go onto the Internet and inadvertently download malicious software that would slow, corrupt, or crash their PCs.
eMazzanti played a strategic role in helping this professional services client to design a new IT infrastructure, and then played a tactical role in managing that infrastructure on a daily basis with a fixed fee maintenance and support plan, called eCare Network Management.
Central to the overhaul of the company’s infrastructure was the replacement of the Red Hat Linux server with Windows Server. The company had been attracted by the Linux no-charge licensing model, but when it came time to reconsider the firm’s server platform, the firm rejected an expansion of the Linux environment. The move to Windows Server made it possible for the professional services firm to adopt Windows Server Terminal Services, now called Remote Desktop Services. With Remote Desktop Services, the personal computers became thin clients for a centrally run operating environment in which all processing takes place, eliminating most, if not all, of the issues generated by the unlocked PCs.
Along with the Windows Server deployment, eMazzanti Technologies helped the professional services firm bring its e-mail system in-house. The hosted UNIX-based e-mail service was replaced with a deployment of Microsoft Exchange Server.
The next step was the creation of a backup and disaster-recovery solution. A backup server was installed to which production servers back up files every 15 minutes. The backup server, in turn, sends its files on a continuous basis to an offsite disaster-recovery location. The service-level agreement that the professional services firm has with eMazzanti promises that a failed server will be brought back to production status within predetermined time with the eMazzanti eCare Business Continuity platform.
On the desktop side, eMazzanti Technologies upgraded the computers for this professional services firm to the latest Windows platform. Firm members are taking advantage of the new operating system’s intuitive navigation, enhanced power management features, and new document management capabilities.
Managing the entire network is streamlined with the use of Microsoft’s Cloud online services like InTune. In this offering through a single web-based console, all of the network PC assets can be managed, maintained and secured—from virtually anywhere.