6 February 2007 By: Marius Oiaga, Technology News Editor
Windows Hosting Certification Exam
For IT professionals
Want to become a Microsoft Certified Technology specialist? Than look no further than the
first Windows Hosting Certification Exam. The MCP exam addresses IT and hosting
professionals that wish to specialize in Configuring and Managing Windows Server 2003
Hosted Environments. "Microsoft recognizes that as the technology used to deliver
advanced hosted services becomes more complex, the requirement for industry-specific
skills has grown. This certification program will help hosting providers address that need,"
said John Zanni, director of Worldwide Hosting at Microsoft. "With the right skills, hosting
providers are able to deliver a positive experience for their customers, while the certification
allows them to stand out in an increasingly competitive marketplace."Microsoft is presenting
the hosting certification exam as a standard for excellence in the hosting industry.
Additionally, it is also a solution for hosting providers to gain the status of Microsoft Certified
Partner in the Advanced Infrastructure Hosting Solutions specialization. In the end, the
Redmond Company aims to fill in the absence of standards and certifications for the hosting
industry. As hosted environments are more complex compared to standard architectures,
Microsoft's certifications are designed to deliver proof of specialization and technical
knowledge. "As a participant in the development stages of the Windows Server 2003
Hosted Environments, Configuring and Managing certification, we are confident this
certification will not only strengthen ViaWest customer offerings but strengthen the hosting
industry as a whole," said Nancy Phillips, chief operating officer and co-founder, ViaWest
and Microsoft Gold Certified Partner. "We look forward to continuing to work closely with
Microsoft as we grow our business."
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