Kurt Hildebrand - Director of Practices and Initiatives for Enterprise Storage
Kurt Hildebrand
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Lane Shelton
Vice President of Software Business Development
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Technical Considerations of Server 2003 Migration

Four Steps to Smooth the Journey

by Clive Anthony | 02.10.15

Whether you’re a large enterprise or a small business, migrating successfully from Windows Server 2003 to Server 2012 R2 requires detailed planning and execution.

If you haven’t begun server OS migration planning by now, you’re running out of time. On July 14, 2015, Microsoft will end support for Server 2003. No more security patches, no more updates, no more support, period. Server 2003 reaches final, full end of life on July 14, 2015. There simply isn’t a sound business case (never mind technology case) for staying on an outdated, unsupported server platform.

Tags:ApplicationsAssessmentDataEducationHPHybridMicrosoftPrivate CloudServiceSoftwareTechnologyWindows Server 2003Windows Server 2003 EOSWindows Server 2012

Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2012 Migration

Out with the Old: Support Ending for Microsoft Server 2003

Ensure a Smooth Migration to Windows Server 2012

by Bill Virtue | 02.04.15

Tens of thousands of enterprises around the world rely on Microsoft Server 2003 to power their businesses. However, on July 14, 2015, Microsoft officially will end support for Server 2003: no more patches, no more fixes, no more technical help. Got a problem after that date? You’re on your own.

Tags:Active DirectoryApplicationsAssessmentComplianceDellEnd Of SupportITMicrosoftMicrosoft Ended SupportMigrationNetworkingSecuritySQL ServerSwitchingWeb Server WindowsWindows ServerWindows Server 2003Windows Server 2003 EOSWindows Server 2003 Vulnerability AssessmentWindows Server 2012Windows Server 2012 DatacenterWindows Server 2012 StandardWindows Server Enterprise

The Business Case for Storage Optimization

Make Your Data Center a Strategic Asset

by Kurt Hildebrand | 12.31.14

The explosion of data triggered by the mobile and social media revolutions have created extraordinary opportunities for enterprises to collect and analyze digital information. Naturally, enterprises also need ways to store that growing amount of valuable data. Between the requirements of the business for scalable data storage and the perpetual constraints of IT budgets, storage management—or storage optimization—is more than a best practice; it’s an imperative.

Tags:AssessmentComplianceDataData CenterEnterprise AgreementFlash DriveHybrid DrivesMobile Device ManagementMobilityStorage

Thanks Microsoft: Cyborg Licensing User-Based Windows OS Is Here

Bring Your Own (and Be Your Own) Device Within Reach

by Lane Shelton | 11.11.14

Microsoft has embraced “by device” selling for their Windows desktop operating system since what feels like the beginning of time. But change has compounded over the past several years and truly transformed our computing experience. So much so that ordinary end-users (myself included) are lugging around a bagful of devices in order to stay connected at all times. We all want to work and play on devices that we choose to use—not to be hampered by things like file synchronization and compatibility or good taste getting in our way. As a result, we are slowly but surely becoming a community of cyborgs. Finally, Microsoft is listening! We want to bring our own device and even BE our own device. What does that all really mean? 

Tags:AssessmentComplianceDeviceEnterprise AgreementExchangeLicensingLyncMicrosoftOffice 365PC ConnectionServersSharePointSoftwareWindows 10Windows 7Windows 8Windows Server 2003Windows Server 2003 EOSWindows XP

Big Data

We’ve all seen the dramatic transformation IT has undergone in recent years— inevitably evolving from a cost center to a strategic business partner.

Momentum for that transformation came from disruptive trends like virtualization, cloud computing, mobility, big data, and social networking. Each catalyzed a change in perception among IT and business leaders: the components of an agile, efficient IT infrastructure were increasingly strategic assets, not cost centers.

Tags:AssessmentBig DataCloud ComputingDataData CenterInfrastructureMobilityNetworkingSoftwareStrategyVirtualization