Amazon Web Services: More on AWS MSP Competency

Yet another managed service provider announced winning an MSP competency designation from Amazon Web Services (AWS) this week, which made us wonder just how many are out there. Here's the answer, plus some details on the program and its requirements.

Jessica Davis

July 19, 2013

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Amazon Web Services: More on AWS MSP Competency

This week another cloud-based managed services provider (MSP) announced that it has achieved the AWS (Amazon [AMZN] Web Services) Partner Network MSP competency awarded by AWS. This is the second such announcement we’ve seen in recent weeks. The first was to 2nd Watch, a global systems integrator.  Just how many AWS MSPs are there out there? Here are the details about Stratalux and the rest of the AWS MSP partners.

A quick look at the AWS partner page drill down for managed service provider consultants shows 536 partners globally who have achieved the MSP competency, and a total of 166 of those are in North America. Some of these are big consultancies such as WiPro and CapGemini. Many are specialists in particular technology platforms including Oracle or in industries such as non-profits or healthcare.

The list of 546 can be found here. And here’s a look at the AWS Partner Network Consulting Partner overview. Here’s what AWS says about qualifications to be a consulting partner.

AWS currently offers only two competencies to consulting partners, managed services and big data, although the company says it will be rolling out additional competencies in the future. An overview of the competency programs are here, and the following are requirements for partners seeking a competency designation:

Confirmed Standard or Advanced tier APN Consulting Partner

  • ≥$5,000 in monthly AWS revenue (indirect/direct)

  • ≥3 Customer References within specific APN Competency

  • ≥1 Public endorsement of APN Competency project (case study, whitepaper, press release, etc.)

  • Business Level AWS Support or higher.

Stratalux, which announced its AWS MSP competency this week, offers Private PaaS (Platform-as-a-Service) solutions. The Los Angeles-based company has its roots in traditional IT but has reorganized to build and manage cloud solutions for enterprise customers. The company also partners with OpsCode and RightScale.

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Jessica Davis

Jessica Davis is the former Content Director for MSPmentor. She spent her career covering the intersection of business and technology.  She's also served as Editor in Chief at Channel Insider and held senior editorial roles at InfoWorld and Electronic News.

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