Sugar 6 Now Available on Microsoft Windows Azure Platform

Users, Developers and Partners Now Have Even Greater Choice in How They Deploy, Access and Customize Sugar 6 in the Open Cloud

Washington, D.C. - July 13 - SugarCRM, the world's leading provider of open source customer relationship management (CRM) software, today announced that Sugar 6 is now certified for deployment on the Microsoft Windows Azure platform. The announcement was made today at Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference here, and coincides with general availability of Sugar 6, the latest release of the most intuitive, flexible and open CRM system on the market today.

With the availability of Sugar 6 on Windows Azure, SugarCRM developers and end-users now have greater choice in deploying and developing Sugar 6 in the cloud. Users and developers can enjoy the ease of cloud-based deployments while having complete control over their data and application, unlike the limitations placed on users and developers in older multi-tenant Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) deployment options.

"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."

SugarCRM will bring the power of Sugar 6 on Windows Azure to market through its expansive channel network, including leading regional value added resellers like Plus Consulting. "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," says Heath Flicker, managing partner at Plus Consulting. "Windows Azure and Sugar 6 represent the future of CRM in the cloud: defined by choice, control and flexibility." With the global reach of Windows Azure in seven data centers around the world, SugarCRM value-added resellers have a best-in-class platform for delivering localized and industry-specific SaaS CRM offerings in all geographies.

"Sugar 6 on Windows Azure showcases the openness and flexibility of the Azure platform," says Prashant Ketkar, director of product marketing for Windows Azure at Microsoft Corp. "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."

In addition to exceptional performance and service, Windows Azure is a true "platform-as-a-service" in that all aspects of the technology infrastructure below the application layer are managed by Microsoft as a service. Other cloud service providers provide solely "infrastructure-as-a-service" where users of the cloud service must manage the necessary infrastructure software including the OS, web server, database, etc. Windows Azure includes both data and other services layers to speed deployment and development times.

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About SugarCRM

SugarCRM makes CRM Simple. As the world's leading provider of open source customer relationship management (CRM) software, SugarCRM applications have been downloaded more than seven million times and currently serve over 600,000 end users in 80 languages. Over 6,000 customers have chosen SugarCRM's On-Site and Cloud Computing services over proprietary alternatives. SugarCRM has been recognized for its customer success and product innovation by CRM Magazine, InfoWorld, Customer Interaction Solutions and Intelligent Enterprise.

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