Why These 3 Businesses Used Microsoft Azure To Build Apps

Why These 3 Businesses Used Microsoft Azure To Build Apps

If you’re creating an app — lets say, one that will be the secret sauce, competitive edges of your business over the next few years — you’ve got a choice to make.

What do you do? Build everything from the ground up, taking months and untold hours of development to deliver? Or, take it to the cloud, and trim that timeline down to months – or even weeks?

Obviously, not everything is so clear cut in the world of IT. But for the businesses in the following Microsoft Azure case studies, they’ve earned themselves the label of innovator, relying on the flexible, open and robust platform tools offered by Azure to build apps – and deliver something beautiful for their clients.

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What is the Cloud Platform Suite?

What is the Microsoft Cloud Platform Suite

The Cloud Platform Suite is a bundled SKU of Windows and Systems Center, which was introduced January 2014. It may seem very similar to the Core Infrastructure Suite but I would like to outline a few key differences.

The Cloud Platform Suite provides virtual guest environments with one management system across multiple server operating systems. The cloud platform suite is the best option for highly virtualized servers running applications built on multiple server operating systems.

Cloud Platform suite is licensed in a host plus guest model. You will purchase a Microsoft Cloud Platform Suite license for the hardware to create the host fabric in which instances can run. This is considered the “host” license. You will purchase individual Microsoft Cloud Platform Guest licenses for each of the virtual instances that it wants to run. This is only if you are virtualized using Hyper-V.

The Cloud Platform Suite only becomes cost effective in a highly virtualized Environment; please reach out to me if you have any other questions.

How to Make the Most of the SPLA Price Increase

How to Make the Most of the SPLA Price Increase?

Hosting companies should now be aware of the double-digit price increase that will be hitting SPLA in 2014.

PRODUCT NAME Estimated %
price increase
Windows Server
Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter* 45%
Core Infrastructure Server Suite Datacenter 30%
Windows Server 2012 R2 Remote Desktop Services 27%
System Center
System Center 2012 R2 Client Management Suite 55%
System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager 55%
Dynamics
Dynamics CRM 2013 Basic 40%
Dynamics CRM 2013 Professional 30%
Dynamics GP 2013 Full User SAL 15%
Dynamics NAV 2013 Full User SAL 15%
Dynamics SL 2011 AM Full User SAL 45%
Dynamics SL 2011 AM Light User SAL 27%
Dynamics SL 2011 AM ESS User SAL 145%

 

How to make the most of the Price Increase? VIRTUALIZE – the greatest increase comes with the Data center license, as the license will accommodate unlimited virtual machines whereas before it was limited to four. There will be minimal increase to the standard edition in 2014. The remote Desktop Services Subscriber Access License will become just under thirty percent more in 2014.

The other major increase comes with selected Dynamics Sku’s, a revamp in CRM now brings Professional, Basic, and Essential users. For a complete summary please check the SPUR, or refer to this CRM Online article.

Sharing is caring! System Center 2012 Update Slideshare Now Available

Great news for System Center 2012 customers. With the aim of making System Center more cloud-friendly, Microsoft has made changes to the way that the licensing model for this popular product works. What used to be an extremely complex licensing system has been made much easier for clients to understand and manage. View our slideshare for a quick overview of what these key updates are and work with a Softchoice Microsoft specialist to understand your needs under this new model moving forward.

http://www.slideshare.net/softchoice/system-center-2012-january-licensing-update

 

ECI and System Center: 101

One of the ways Microsoft is trying to help customers save money and also get them to adopt more Microsoft into their virtual environment is through the Enrollment for Core Infrastructure (ECI) agreement. This agreement was introduced as a way to bundle the necessary software components together to help manage growth for customers that have begun virtualizing their Windows Server environment, have at least 50 processors in their Windows server environment and most importantly, that are currently leveraging or plan to leverage System Center. [Read more…]

System Center 12 – Part Two: The Orchestrator and You

 

In our last discussion about System Center 12, we tried to help you understand what the System Center family of products does and how it can be beneficial for your business. In this second part we want to take a look at System Center 12’s major centerpiece, which is now available in beta and is called System Center Orchestrator. [Read more…]