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Softmart Now Stronger than Ever

More Power in Our Microsoft Center of Excellence, Means More Power for Every Customer

by Lane Shelton | 08.30.16

PC Connection recently invited Softmart to join our family of companies. Softmart is a powerful company in its own right, recently described by CRN as a “solution provider stalwart with well-defined hardware, cloud, and Office 365 practices.” Combined with the depth and breadth of PC Connection’s strength and reach, ranked #20 in CRN’s 2015 Solution Provider 500, our aim is to offer our customers everything they need to build sound technology investments, achieve their technology goals from the end-user experience to the data center to the cloud, and, of course, to save time and money while doing it.

Tags:CloudConnectionCRNData CenterEnterprise AgreementMicrosoftMicrosoft Center of ExcellenceOffice 365Operational Excellence AwardSoftmart

Azure Only Server and Cloud Enrollment (SCE) Changes

Understanding Microsoft’s Latest Licensing Developments

by Jared Bisbano | 08.18.16

Server and Cloud Enrollment (SCE) is a licensing vehicle under the Enterprise Agreement that enables organizations to standardize on one or more Microsoft server and cloud technologies. To enroll in SCE, you will make an installed base commitment to one or more components. This means committing to full Software Assurance coverage across the installed base of an SCE component. Products available under SCE include Windows Server and System Center, SQL Server, SharePoint Server and BizTalk Server, Visual Studio, and Azure.

Tags:(SCE)AzureCloud TechnologyEnterprise AgreementMicrosoftServer and Cloud EnrollmentSoftware Assurance

Cloud Computing

Cloud Storage and Disaster Recovery

The Dynamic Duo of IT

by Kevin O'Connor | 05.16.16

It may look like everyone is adopting cloud technology. However, IDG Research shows that over half of IT leaders (56%) say they are still identifying IT operations that are candidates for a move to the cloud. Connection is seeing more movement to cloud storage and disaster recovery (DR), because they provide immediate benefits and relief to both the IT environment and staff. Check out some of these statistics.

Tags:Amazon Web ServicesCloudCloud StorageCloud TechnologyConnectionDisaster RecoveryGoogle ChromeIDGIDG ResearchITMicrosoftPublic CloudSMB

Office 365

Office 365 Licensing and You

Upgrading Doesn’t Have to Be an Ordeal

by Dan Ortiz | 04.28.16

Over the past year Microsoft has been working with their customers to adopt the Office 365 brand. The first thing that customers contend with is determining whether or not the move makes sense and which of the many plans available would provide the most value to their company. This is no easy task as there are multiple points of consideration that should not be overlooked. But assisting our customers is one of the things Connection does best. And we’re here to guide you through this change by finding new ways to approach this paradigm shift.

Tags:ConnectionEnterprise AgreementMicrosoftOffice 365


Free SQL Server 2016 Licenses!

Sort Of—Get the Full Story

by Jared Bisbano | 04.21.16

As part of the SQL Server 2016 launch event, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced a commercial database promotion that provides customers with free licenses if you are running a competitor’s platform (Oracle, Sybase, SAP Hana). The offer ends on June 30, 2016; however, free is never free. In order to qualify, there is a laundry list of criteria that a company must meet in order to get these licenses. Read on to learn what you can do to qualify for these licenses.

Tags:EnterpriseEnterprise AgreementMicrosoftServersSoftware AssuranceSQLSQL ServerSQL Server 2016

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