Daisy Group has selected the Microsoft Azure platform to underpin its modernisation programme, a plan of action designed 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 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 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."
Daisy Group CEO Neil Muller added: "This is a win-win for Microsoft, Daisy and our customers. Unlocking the true power of digital is key for all businesses."
Cindy Rose, CEO, Microsoft UK, added: "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."