Last month, Penton’s Technology Group released its Talkin’ Cloud 100 report of the top 100 cloud service providers. We’re proud to rank once again on the list; this time at position 33.

However, we aren’t fully comfortable with our Talking Cloud ranking (and no, it’s not because we didn’t rank first). Here’s why…

Thanks for the nod Talkin’ Cloud…

First, we want to be clear: We are honored to rank among Talkin’ Cloud’s Top 100. It’s always nice to be recognized for one’s success and hard work, especially in an industry undergoing rapid-fire growth and stiffening competition.

It’s also with some pride that we can say our list of industry awards and recognitions continues to grow. In July, we earned rare back-to-back Microsoft Hosting Partner of the Year honors, making us the only Microsoft partner to achieve consecutive Winner-Finalist honors in the history of this highly competitive category.

So we’re obviously bringing considerable value to the cloud industry.

…but we’re more than a CSA

Talkin’ Cloud’s Top 100 lists us as a Cloud Services Aggregator. CSAs typically offer a portal that allows VARs and MSPs to source multiple third-party cloud services for customers.

While it’s true that we do offer a portal that allows our 4,000+ channel partners worldwide to access third-party cloud services such as Exchange 2013, SharePoint 2013 and Lync 2013, we also develop our own in-house cloud services. Our High Performance Cloud is just one example.

In our minds, this makes us more of a cloud services provider than a cloud services aggregator.

This distinction is more than just a question of semantics. Unlike other CSAs that have achieved impressive growth with savvy marketing techniques and repackaged third-party services, our success has been achieved through technological expertise. This expertise allows us to take third-party services and significantly enhance them to develop our own market-driven solutions.

Our being a CSP also means you have access to greater technical expertise

Take for example our recently launched Performance Cloud servers, which have been built on Microsoft’s virtualization technology. A CSA would have simply tweaked and repackaged Microsoft and made it available to customers and partners through its portal. In our case, we took Microsoft’s virtualization technology and re-engineered it from the ground up with leading enterprise-grade components to offer a dedicated-cloud level of speed and performance that Azure could only dream of (along with Google, Amazon, Rackspace and DigitalOcean for that matter. If you’re curious about just how fast our cloud servers are, key benchmarking results can be found on our blog here.)

For MSPs and VARs looking to tap into the growing demand for cloud services by adding SaaS, PaaS and IaaS to their offering, it’s important to not underestimate the benefits of having ready access to this degree of technological know-how. A tech-driven provider like SherWeb will be better able to support you at the backend.

In fact, SherWeb takes partner support one step further by offering a co-branded distributor model in which partners can delegate any and all tech support to SherWeb’s in-house support team at absolutely no cost, while still retaining full customer ownership.

Thanks for getting to know us

Even for a seasoned cloud veteran like SherWeb with 16 years of experience under its belt, it’s hard to attract attention in an industry besotted with a fresh batch of newcomers on a near-daily basis. Fortunately, industry recognitions like Talkin’ Cloud’s top 100 list gives us an opportunity to tell others a little more about what we do. And for that we are truly thankful.

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Written by Majd Madina Employee @ Sherweb

Majd sets up SherWeb’s channel partners for success in the cloud market through various programs that help grow their business. He has more than 15 years of experience in the IT industry and has held several roles, including Product Manager and Multinational Partner Accounts Lead at Microsoft as well as Director of Canadian and Australian Membership Communities at CompTIA.