SugarCRM's Sugar 6 Sweetens Up Microsoft Windows Azure

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At the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, open-source customer relationship management (CRM) software developer SugarCRM announced the integration of Sugar 6, the latest edition of its CRM solution, with Microsoft's cloud-based Windows Azure platform.

Open-source customer relationship management (CRM) software specialist SugarCRM announced its latest version of their flagship software solution, Sugar 6, is now certified for deployment on Microsoft’s Windows Azure cloud computing platform. With the availability of Sugar 6 on Azure, SugarCRM developers and users have more choices in deploying and developing Sugar 6 in the cloud, the company said.

Azure is a "platform-as-a-service" in that all aspects of the technology infrastructure below the application layer are managed by Microsoft as a service. In addition, Azure includes both data and other services layers to speed deployment and development times. Sugar 6 offers users integrated social media tools such as Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, as well as any number of social media feeds, inside their SugarCRM user interface.

"Sugar 6 on Windows Azure showcases the openness and flexibility of the Azure platform," said Prashant Ketkar, director of product marketing for Windows Azure at Microsoft. "With great performance coupled with the ease of deployment offered by the cloud, Windows Azure is an ideal environment for Sugar developers, users and partners alike."

SugarCRM first brought its CRM system to Windows Azure in November 2009.

SugarCRM said it plans to bring the power of Sugar 6 on Windows Azure to market through its channel network, including regional value added resellers (VARs) like Plus Consulting. Heath Flicker, managing partner at Plus Consulting, said Azure and Sugar 6 represent the future of CRM in the cloud. "Deploying Sugar 6 on Windows Azure gives our customers the ability to deploy a flexible and robust CRM solution, without the headache of managing hardware and other components themselves," he said.

"The availability of Sugar 6 on Windows Azure continues the great advancements SugarCRM has made in offering organizations and developers the most intuitive, flexible and open CRM solutions on the market," says Clint Oram, vice president of products and co-founder of SugarCRM. "It is now easier than ever for users of SugarCRM on the Windows platform to make the move into the cloud."

Microsoft announced an Azure appliance during its Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference this week.