Today we’re proud to name OpenSistemas the winner of the second annual Open Source on Azure Partner of the Year award. The company was honored among a global field of top Microsoft partners for demonstrating excellence in innovation and implementation of customer solutions based on Microsoft technology.

This year Microsoft acknowledged partners in 37 categories, celebrating partners’ core competencies, including cloud technology, public sector, citizenship and many more. The winners were selected from more than 2,500 nominations and 119 different countries. OpenSistemas was recognized for providing outstanding, innovative, open source-based solutions on Microsoft Azure.

Based in Spain, with a customer base that spans Europe, the Middle East, and Latin America, OpenSistemas is helping customers derive value with a combination of open source solutions and the Microsoft cloud. Every time I’ve met with OpenSistemas, they’ve shown great passion for innovation and delivering results for customers.

OpenSistemas is an expert in building, delivering and running comprehensive solutions for data analytics and Linux system deployments on Microsoft Azure. They have extensive open source skills and knowledge, from all major Linux distributions and across the LAMP stack to the latest in DevOps, Big Data, and much more.

“Our ecosystem of great partners is the cornerstone to delivering innovative and transformative solutions to our mutual customers” said Gavriella Schuster, General Manager of Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Group. “We are pleased to recognize OpenSistemas for being selected as the winner of the 2016 Open Source on Azure Partner of the Year award.”

We’d also like to recognize the strong contributions from our award finalists, who have delivered great results for customers in the past year:

  • Xpirit Nederland BV and GoDataDriven, both part of Benelux-based IT services group Xebia, partnered together to implement Europe’s first Cloudera big data solution on Microsoft Azure for Schiphol Group.
  • LINK Development is a leading technology solution provider in the Middle East that is working with key Azure customers, including Gulf Air, who entrusted LINK Development with an end-to-end digital transformation of its online services with a Drupal solution built on Microsoft Azure.
  • i3 Systems was founded in Japan with the idea of “innovation to the power of three.” i3 Systems developed a smart device management and utilization platform, called CLOMO, which was migrated to Azure to offer customers an open and flexible cloud.

Support for open source solutions is crucial to enabling a thriving technology ecosystem and in delivering an open cloud platform. Recent announcements, from partnering with Red Hat to releasing Bash on Ubuntu on Windows and bringing SQL Server to Linux, are getting partners, both new and existing, excited about the new scenarios we can support for our mutual customers.

These recent announcements are the latest of many investments Microsoft has made over the past several years to make Azure an open and flexible cloud platform, with deep and broad support for open source tools and technologies. In fact, more than one in four Azure virtual machines are Linux today and 60% of the images in the Azure Marketplace are Linux-based.

I’m looking forward to celebrating the success of OpenSistemas, Xpirit Nederland BV, GoDataDriven, Link Development, and i3 Systems, at our Worldwide Partner Conference in July. For more on this news, including a complete list of all the winners, check out the Microsoft News Center.