We have an exciting new announcement for Office 365 in the education space! Microsoft has announced changes to its Office 365 Education plan, including additional security and compliance features to be included FREE for all education customers. Microsoft recognizes that the needs of education customers are different than commercial customers and wants to ensure that they are providing education customers with the greatest value. To do so, they can no longer depend on a one-size-fits-all approach.
In case you’re not aware, Microsoft recently moved Azure Premium Storage from preview and made it Generally Available (GA) since April of this year. This is big news for those who have been holding off on certain projects or those who are already utilizing Azure virtual machines (VMs) but need that next level of performance to run more demanding applications.
When data is stolen during a breach, information - names, email and physical addresses, phone numbers, credit card details, etc. - is not the only thing that is lost. Individuals and organizations both often suffer substantial financial and reputational loss as well from such incidents:
On July 29, 2015, Microsoft released Windows 10 and made it available as a free upgrade to consumers running qualified and genuine Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 devices. It is Microsoft’s goal to have Windows 10 deployed to 1 billion devices in two to three years through a combination of upgrades from legacy operating systems and new devices purchased during that timeframe.
ExpressRoute for Office 365 is an enhancement to the already existing ExpressRoute for Azure. First, let’s start off by defining what ExpressRoute is. ExpressRoute for Azure is a private connection to Microsoft Azure Cloud. ExpressRoute bypasses the Internet and allows direct connection into the Azure data centers. ExpressRoute connections offer customers a more secure, more reliable connection with faster speeds and lower latencies. Microsoft provides an SLA around ExpressRoute.
Backup is a necessary component to a business’ data protection strategy. Backup alone, however, is not enough to keep one’s business up and running. A business’ backup solution must be part of a strategy that also includes business continuity. In simple terms, the difference between backup and business continuity is the ability to run your business, despite a disruption to your data or systems.