4 ways Softchoice is helping clients save time and money with collaboration

For organizations using Cisco Collaboration, Enterprise License Agreements, or ELAs, have quickly proven to reduce the cost of collaboration software – especially large, growing organizations with ongoing licensing management challenges.

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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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Converged Data Centers – A Flexible, Integrated Architecture [Cisco]

Out of many, one.

The history of enterprise computing has been marked by compromises between scale and simplicity. As systems increased in scale, they also increased in complexity, and as complexity increased, so did the expense of deployment and ongoing management.

That’s why it’s hardly surprising that today more than 70 percent of IT budgets are spent simply maintaining and managing existing infrastructures. The result: IT organizations find themselves continually increasing the resources used to maintain their complex and inflexible infrastructures instead of using those resources to effectively respond to evolving business needs.

To add insult to injury, the downturn in the economy has put pressure on all enterprises to control IT costs even while business owners squeeze IT services to, you guessed it, do more with less.

Overcoming these IT hurdles requires first addressing and overcoming three overarching data center challenges: [Read more…]