Sydney, Australia — April 13, 2015 — rhipe, the Cloud Channel Company, today announced its participation in the Two Tier Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) Program. This program is designed to expand cloud sales opportunities for Australian partners by enabling select Cloud Wholesaler partners to provide billing, provisioning, management and support of Microsoft products and services, and sell combined offers and services.
"This is an important milestone for rhipe and our partners here in Australia,” said Dominic O’Hanlon, rhipe’s Chief Executive Officer. “Our heritage has been to enable and empower service providers with the solutions they need to solve problems and create opportunities for their end-user clients. Our participation in the Cloud Solution Provider program means we’ll now be able to extend this capability with Office365, Windows Intune and Enterprise Mobility Suite – and CRM Online and Azure down the track.”
rhipe’s appointment as a Two Tier Cloud Solution Provider adds to the portfolio of Microsoft cloud licensing it offers to the Australian channel. From July 1 2015 when the Two-Tier CSP program starts, Australian channel partners can access a range of Microsoft licensing programs through rhipe: from hosted software via Services Provider Licensing Agreements (SPLA) to Cloud-based enterprise agreements via the Licensing Solution Provider program (LSP) and now CSP.
“To meet the growing demand of our cloud-based solutions, we’re thrilled to expand the capabilities for cloud partners under the Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider Program,” said Phil Goldie, director of partner business and development, Microsoft Australia. “By joining the Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider Program, rhipe will grow their Cloud ready channel, deepen customer relationships and expand business opportunities in the cloud.”
According to O’Hanlon, “Two Tier CSP is a great fit for our business today, and beyond. rhipe is the Cloud Channel company; we’re all about enabling service-providers across Australia to harness the Cloud opportunity and this is a good next step in our long-term strategy.”
Recent findings from IDC, Forester and Telyste Research point to continued growth in the Cloud economy. Representing a decisive shift in the global IT sector, Cloud disruption and transformation represents a significant opportunity for the channel:
- According to IDC Australian Public Cloud spend is forecast to increase from AUD$909M in 2014 to AUD$1.7B by 2018 with a CAGR of 17.2% (IDC, Jan-15)
- The Global Public Cloud market will rise to USD$191B by 2020 (Forrester, April-14)
- 84% Australian CIOs intend to increase or maintain Cloud spend in 2015 (Telsyste, Workplace Study 2015)
For more information contact:
Athena Thompson, rhipe, CMO
M: +61 413 500 494
rhipe, (ASX:RHP) is the cloud channel company. It provides its partners with a complete end to end cloud solution, helping them to grow and thrive in the emerging Cloud economy. As Cloud 1st, channel 1st company, rhipe is recognised as the leading expert in subscription software licensing in Asia Pacific and its multi-award winning services and support division is the industry leader in Microsoft Office365 implementation.
Formerly known as NewLease, the company rebranded to rhipe in 2014 and has offices has in Melbourne, Sydney, London, New York, Shanghai, Auckland, Singapore, Bangkok, Manila, Mexico, Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta.
rhipe distributes and aggregates subscription-licensing models for Service Providers from many of the world's leading software vendors including Microsoft, VMware, Red Hat, Citrix, Veeam, Trend Micro, McAfee, DataCore, Zimbra and Neverfail. In Australia rhipe is also the Microsoft Dynamics Master VAR and a Microsoft Licensing Solution Provider.
Recent highlights from rhipe’s 2015 half-year results include:
- H1 2015 revenue growth: +45%
- ARR (average recurring revenue) milestone reached: AUD$100M
- 1500 (approx.) service-provider customers as at Dec 31, 2014
Recent Industry Awards:
- Microsoft Platinum Club winners, 2015: Australia, Singapore and Indonesia (SPLA Category)
- Microsoft Platinum Partner Club ISV Category winner, 2015: LiveTiles
- Microsoft Australia Education Partner of the Year, 2014: nSynergy