Cisco announced changes to its cloud partner program and said that it has merged the Cloud Provider and Cloud Services Reseller roles with the current Managed Services Channel Program.
The result is the Cloud and Managed Services Program (CMSP), which the company claims will simplify partner engagement with Cisco. According to the company, the CMSP also eliminates duplicate requirements and streamlines audits.
Cisco offers Express Certified, Advanced Certified and Master Certified as certification levels for the new program. Partners interested in the certification program are advised to review the Cisco Cloud and Managed Services Program Audit and Policies Document as well as the Cisco Powered Cloud and Managed Services Portfolio: Requirements Document. The application for the certification can be submitted via Cisco's partner account pages.
The CMSP is now offered next to the Cisco Certified Partner, Cisco Specialized Partner, Cisco Authorized Technology Provider, and Cisco Registered Partner programs.
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