Microsoft Server 2012 Licensing Changes: 6 Key Things You Need To Know

Windows Server 2012 launch
Confused about how the new licensing model  for Windows Server 2012 works? Rest easy! The Softchoice Microsoft team has identified six key things you need to know regarding the changes, and how they’ll impact you.

Because the general release of Server 2012 is slated for September 2012, we’re encouraging all our customers to reach out to our Microsoft specialists as soon as possible. They’ll provide insight into how Software Assurance can ensure you step up your current editions now – while the opportunity is still available.

Here are the 6 Things You Should Know:

1) Changes to Windows Server Editions

Windows Server 2012  is now only available in two types of editions: Standard and Datacenter. When it comes to determining which edition is best for your enterprise, there’s one key word on everyone’s lips: virtualization.

Both Standard and Datacenter editions provide the same set of features (including high availability features like failover clustering); the only thing that differentiates the editions is the number of Virtual Machines (VMs) being used. If your strategy calls for a highly virtualized environment, Datacenter edition provides you with optimum flexibility since it allows for unlimited virtualization.

If you aren’t ready to heavily virtualize your environment, a Standard edition license entitles you to run up to two VMs on up to two processors.

2) Streamlined Licensing Model for Core Infrastructure

In short, we feel this new model provides an easier assessment and management of your server environment. Here’s why:

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Top 10 Changes You’ll See in Windows Server 2012

Windows Server 2012 is set to launch in September, and Microsoft is stepping up its virtualization game by launching its aggressive Switch to Hyper-V campaign.

With this campaign announcement, Microsoft is leveraging its portfolio strength of enterprise software to facilitate agile cloud deployments. At the 2012 Microsoft World Partner Conference, Satya Nadella, President of Microsoft’s Server and Tools Business had three compelling stats to share with the audience:

  1. 73% of companies currently are using or are planning to use private clouds.
  2. Every five years, corporate data grows by 10X the amount.
  3. Microsoft Server 2012 is a “no-brainer” for cloud storage and can copy 10GB of data in 10 seconds.

Top 10 changes you’ll see in Windows Server 2012 include:

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5 Reasons Why Buying Yammer is Brilliant for Microsoft (and Its Customers)

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer shakes hands with Yammer CEO David Sacks

At the end of June, Microsoft purchased the San Francisco-based social media juggernaut Yammer for 1.2 billion. Yammer provides private corporate social networks to organizations all across the world, so employees can stay in touch and collaborate with each other in realtime.

This week at the Microsoft World Partner Conference in Toronto, Steve Ballmer addressed the acquisition as a “best of breed product that will fundamentally change how Microsoft and its partners communicate and collaborate” and cited it as a key move by the company that underscores its commitment to its growing portfolio of cloud services available in the enterprise.

When asked about Yammer’s purpose and potential,Yammer CEO David Sacks shared this simple but powerful nugget:

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Top 5 Announcements from 2012 Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference

Opening with the bang of Cirque du Soleil drums and the flash of fire, the Microsoft World Partner Conference 2012 launched today in our Softchoice hometown of Toronto, Canada. As expected, Microsoft made a big splash with some significant announcements about the company’s future and what’s in store for customers moving forward.

Demonstrating this year’s tagline of “A new era.Together,” the major soundbites from today’s keynote reflected Microsoft’s commitment to increased collaboration, enhanced consumer experience and expanded communication.

The Softchoice team was on hand to tweet the announcements to our Softchoice Microsoft Navigator audience as they rolled in. To keep an eye on all that’s happening at the 2012 WPC this week, follow us @scmsnavigator.

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Microsoft Surface: 3 Reasons Why It’s A Real Corporate Tablet Contender

Introducing the Microsoft Surface

The announcement of Microsoft Surface has created quite the buzz in the market this week. Our own team at Softchoice has been enjoying some hearty discussion about the new platform’s potential impact on our corporate customers, and what this might mean for the ongoing tablet “wars”.

While at this point there are more questions than answers, one thing is for certain: This is a seminal moment for Microsoft. With this announcement, they’re boldly stating the traditional way they’ve done business with OEMs is changing.

We’ve identified three reasons we feel Microsoft Surface may do what no other tablet platform has been able to do: Give Apple a real run for its money in the corporate IT client computing space.

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System Center 2012, ActiveSync, And The BYOD Revolution

Systems Center 2012, ActiveSync and BYOD

A great deal has changed since 2008 and the onset of the client computing “revolution”. The Consumerization of IT appears to be here to stay and the options and connectedness of our environment continue to increase exponentially. Back in 2008, Facebook (only) had 63 million uses – it’s projected they’ll hit 1 billion worldwide by August. In 2008, Twitter was only a year and a half old. In 2012 there are more than 140 million active users generating over 340 millions tweets daily. In four years, we’ve seen a veritable avalanche of changes and choices that have completely shifted the landscape of IT considerations and opportunities in the enterprise.

It was back in Q1 of 2008 when Apple announced it had licensed Exchange ActiveSync (EAS) from Microsoft for its iOS products (specifically the iPhone). Read this short post for a quick walk down memory lane. Since then, iOS has completely changed the view of what it means to have, manage, use, interact with, secure, provide, decline, buy, sell, and consume mobile information. Although iOS has led the charge, there is still more innovation going on by all major manufacturers, and Microsoft is doing their part to help their customers get ready for BYOD.

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