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SQL Server End of Life Perspective

This Could Be the Most Critical Event in Your Microsoft Ecosystem

by Rick Sabarese | 02.10.16

Extended support for Microsoft SQL Server 2005 ends April 12, 2016, but SQL Server 2016 will deliver big changes to performance enhancements.

Tags:AzureCloudHIPAAITMicrosoftPCISecuritySQL Server 2005SQL Server 2016Technology

End of the Road for SQL 2005

So Long SQL 2005

Don’t Let The Door Hit You On The Way Out

by Rick Sabarese | 02.08.16

On April 12, 2016 Microsoft will officially kill off SQL Server 2005, and while the relational database management system has had a very good run—IDC estimates 800,000 servers are still running SQL Server 2005—enough is enough already. The world has changed drastically over the last decade and Redmond’s Database Management System (DBMS) must make way for the next generation. With explosive data growth, new data types, new demands, and new threats, business as usual is not an option.

Tags:Cyber SecurityDell IDCMicrosoftSQL Server 2005

Windows 10 and VDI

Windows 10 and VDI: Time to Rethink Your Desktop Strategy

Four Important Steps to Your VDI Deployment

by Rick Sabarese | 01.28.16

Unlike versions past, Windows 10 is being touted for many things—from new mobile device management (MDM) and data protection features to helping enterprises better handle BYOD to across-the-board usability enhancements, including a major tweak to the Start menu and the addition of Cortana, Microsoft's popular digital assistant.

Tags:BYODMicrosoftMobile Device ManagementVDIVDI DeploymentVirtual desktop

Windows 10

Windows 10 has been having great success with its silicon partners, especially with Intel’s new Skylake processor. If you compare the partnership of Intel’s Skylake with Windows 10 versus other Windows 7 systems, the performance is unmatched with 30x better graphics, 3x better battery life, and improved security with features like Credential Guard using silicon supported virtualization. Following this success, Microsoft wants to make sure its users have a great experience and utilize these advancements. At the same time, Microsoft wants to be transparent as they change their focus to a partnership between Windows and silicon. So on January 15th they made an announcement that made recommendations for businesses who are looking to upgrade to new systems that feature Intel’s Skylake processor and an addition to its support policy for Windows 7/8.1.

Tags:MicrosoftSecuritySkylakeWindows 10Windows 7

Perspectives on the Windows 10 Support Changes

They May Cause Growing Pains, But the Benefits Are Clear

by Lane Shelton | 01.22.16

Last Friday, Microsoft made a major announcement regarding how they will support the Windows Operating System moving forward. In case you didn’t see it, Microsoft will only be supporting Windows 10 as the OS on all 6th Generation Intel® Core ™ processors and later systems. 6th Gen refers primarily to the new Intel Skylake CPU. The change went into effect last Friday, but Microsoft has built in a grace period that will continue Windows 7 and 8.1 support on certain Skylake systems (full list to be forthcoming) until July 2017. At that point, Windows 10 will be the only supported OS on all 6th Gen and later systems.

Tags:Current BranchCurrent Branch for BusinessITLong-Term Service BranchMicrosoftPC ConnectionSaaSSkylakeWindows 10Windows 7

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