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Tobey Amy's picture

With all the hacking happening in today’s news with big companies like Target, Home Depot, Michaels and Google (not to mention, celebrity accounts), it is safe to say that Microsoft is being proactive with their clients’ data. Not only do they want to provide high availability (99.9% guaranteed uptime) but also a safe, protected environment.

Michael Osterman's picture

The dictionary defines “normal” as “conforming to a standard; usual, typical, or expected.”

Holly Wade's picture

Earlier this year, Microsoft announced its Azure RemoteApp service, which allows you to run virtualized applications on Azure remotely using a Windows PC, Mac or mobile device. RemoteApp is set to leave beta and launch this week on Thursday, December 11, keeping users productive on the go and with multiple devices.

Kevin Wood's picture

You probably hear vendors using terms like Software Defined Network (SDN) and hyper-convergence. These terms are thrown out as if you know what they mean (and to be truthful, the words mean different things to different people).  Then you are told you need these NOW! Get them before everyone else does or there will be none left for you. I hope this article will add context to these terms and start the creative process for you.

Greg Nuelle's picture

On November 11, 2014, Microsoft announced the rebranding of Lync to Skype for Business. Due to appear in the first half of 2015, the latest version will combine the best of Skype and Lync without losing any of the features, security and manageability that users care about. Along with its debut, Microsoft will also rebrand the Lync server as Skype for Business Server.

Uday Nataraj's picture

In an effort to retire the Select Plus program in its entirety, Microsoft will no longer allow customers the ability to sign into the Select Plus Program as of July 1, 2015. The next strategic move to fully transition customers to the Microsoft Products and Services Agreement (MPSA) cloud enabled program, Microsoft will not accept or process any new purchases on existing Select Plus agreements as of July 1, 2016. Eligible future purchases that were previously under Select Plus will now require customers to be enrolled into the MPSA program.

Richard Ptak's picture

IT is being challenged to rapidly reallocate resources in response to unpredictable fluctuations in demands for services. Demands to increase the quality and quantity of IT services while at the same time having to speed up the development cycle for evolving those services are not new. The problem is the speed and scale of response now necessary to satisfy these demands.

Anuj Bhalla's picture

Organizations that experience significant growth often find themselves struggling to stay on top of IT service requests and infrastructure as they grow. IT teams are stretched thin trying to “put out fires” and don’t have a strong foundation to scale with the organization. With so many requests, these teams are unable to see the big picture, to implement changes that may solve persistent service issues, predict potential points of failure, and prevent downtime which can affect productivity – and the bottom line.

Jason Myers's picture

VMware vCloud Air, formerly known as VMware Hybrid Services, brings the cloud natively to VMware customers. The new release allows for private clouds and disaster recovery (DR) as a service – both with their own benefits.  With 11 data centers worldwide and more coming on every month, customers can take advantage of geographically dispersed DR sites.

Adam Harfield's picture

En Pointe recently attended the Microsoft SAM (Software Asset Management) Summit as well as nearly every major player in the SAM business, and it was a great opportunity to network, idea share, and learn about upcoming changes in the way Microsoft runs the program. The theme of this summit was summed up nicely in one line by our first presenter of the day.