3 Secrets to Getting the Most Business Value from Office 365

3 Secrets to Getting the Most Business Value from Office 365

We just did an entire webinar on how to get the most value out of Office 365 — and we did it all without mentioning a single feature. Not one.

How on Earth is that possible?

For the same reasons every technology project, ever, succeeds or fails: it isn’t about the speeds, feeds or special features. It’s about achieving a business use case and bringing value to end-users. Features are just the details to be worked out after!

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Avoiding the common Azure mistakes and missteps

Avoiding the common Azure mistakes and missteps

It’s not a question of if your organization is going to migrate some of its workloads to the cloud, or even when. The real questions are: what are you moving, how can you make the most of it, and how can it be done with minimal risk?

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Right Sizing Your Windows Server Environment

Right Sizing Your Windows Server Environment

Did you know that Windows Server is one of the most mislicensed products under SPLA?

This can lead to unnecessary audits and expenses that no one wants to deal with.

We all know that Microsoft introduced a new licensing model for Windows Server 2016 when they changed the model from Processor to Core. As we wrote in our July article, the biggest concern was that if you were running more than 8 cores per instance (the minimum required) you would have to license the additional cores when you upgraded to Windows Server 2016 or when your SPLA contract renewed.

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Getting secure in a mobile-first world with EMS

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We live in a time where a generation of workers has never plugged in a cable to get on the Internet. And while this mobile-first world has been great for productivity, it’s led to greater risk and challenges for the security team.

Today, security is so much more than just a firewall. As we saw in our recent webinar, co-hosted with Microsoft to discuss their new Enterprise Mobility + Security Suite, breaches are resulting from weak end-user passwords or error, as well as a lax attitude toward SaaS and third party “Shadow IT.” Add to that infrastructure complexity brought on by cloud and hybrid environments and everything you knew about security is changing.

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5 Killer Features of Windows Server 2016

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Since its initial technical previous two years ago and subsequent public beta, IT professionals have anxiously awaited the release of Windows Server 2016. Well, the time has come. This week, Microsoft released the latest iteration of its server operating system at its Ignite conference in Atlanta.
We’ve taken a good look at what’s been announced and what’s been showcased in the five public beta versions of Windows 2016, and here are five new-and-improved, never-before-seen features of the OS worth taking an even closer look at while evaluating an upgrade: shielded virtual machines, Nano Server, Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V , enhancements to Windows server storage, and licensing improvements.

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What you need to know about Windows Server 2016 licensing

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First off, let’s all take a moment to remember the licensing model of Windows Server 2012 R2. It was universally loved by the Microsoft community due to its clarity and simplicity. Microsoft offered two editions, Standard and Datacenter with the exact same functionality. Both covered two physical processors with the only difference being that Standard would allow for 1 physical or two virtual operating system environments (OSE) while Datacenter allowed for unlimited OSEs. For an environment with little to no virtualization, organizations would purchase Standard. For highly virtualized environments, organizations would go with Datacenter. This licensing setup would also include your Windows CALs (Client Access Licenses).

While Windows Server 2012 R2 licensing was wildly appreciated, we all knew that due to constant improvements in the processing power, this model would have to adapt soon enough. And it did…

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