If You Aren’t 100% Virtualized, You’re Missing Out

Softchoice at VMWare Partner Exchange 2013

The Softchoice team recently wrapped up the week at VMware Partner Exchange (PEX) and one thing was clear: many companies are still lagging behind in their virtualization efforts. In my opinion, this is a big problem. You should be 100% virtualized.

Let start with the why

First (and always first) lets look at dollars. VMware shared a study of a Fortune 100 enterprise they completed with McKinsey & Company. The question that was asked: how much could you save by running your current IT Operations with virtualization and all the modern tools and were not held back by your current legacy systems. The answer? 70% savings in CAPEX and 50% savings in OPEX.

And if that’s not compelling enough, read on for an even more compelling reason you should be 100% virtualized.

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Oracle Licensing & Audits – Getting Through The Ugly to Get to the Good

In blaring red font – a $1 million dollar invoice from Oracle. Maybe you’ve been in a similar situation yourself, or maybe you have a little anxiety knowing you’re not as up to date on managing your Oracle licensing agreement as you’d like to be. You’re not alone. We’ve had a few customers in this situation.

In the world of IT, auditing activity is expected to increase year over year. To provide some advice on better managing your Oracle licensing, we reached out to Eric Guyer, Managing Partner at Rational IT Consulting and former Oracle Architect. Eric is a consultant who works closely with Softchoice on our Oracle TechCheck Assessments. Here are the key take-aways from of our interview:

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4 Common Oracle Licensing Errors to Avoid – and How to Fix Them

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Softchoice has expertise in managing licensing for many organizations across North America, covering many different licensing solutions and programs. One trend that we’ve noticed is that Software license audits are on the rise.

The problem is many organizations I encounter are not prepared for an audit from a software manufacturer. Many find software licensing to be complex, and have not implemented the correct deployment and auditing tools. They also see very little benefit to their daily operations.

I find that many organizations struggle with software licensing in four primary areas. Fortunately, there are things you can do to prepare your organization. To illustrate these activities, we’re going to use Oracle as a reference example. [Read more…]