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Kurt Hildebrand
Director of Practices and Initiatives for Enterprise Storage
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Lane Shelton
Vice President of Software Business Development
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Rich Faille
Director of the Mobility Practice
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5 Tips to Streamline Your Enterprise Licensing Renewal

What you need to know before your re-sign your EA

by Jack Dillman | 03.27.15

Enterprise Agreement (EA) licensing has become a common term in today’s business world. They present a significant opportunity for productivity benefits and cost savings, but how often do you sit down to examine your EA options? If you’re like most organizations, it’s once every 3 years—when your renewal date comes up. A lot can change in 3 years, which is why it helps to have someone on your side who lives and breathes EA details year round. Here are my top 5 tips to consider when you’re getting ready to re-sign your contract.

Tags:CloudEnterprise AgreementMicrosoftOffice 365SoftwareTrue-up

Licensing

Just a couple of weeks ago, we provided a quick take on licensing options for Windows Server 2012 that enterprise IT leaders will need to consider as they plan their OS migration strategies. (See Windows Server 2003 Isn’t Broke: So Why Fix It?). Up next, we’ll dive deeper into Windows 2012 licensing.

Tags:CloudITLicensingMicrosoftSoftwareVirtualizationWindows Server 2012Windows Server 2012 DatacenterWindows Server 2012 Standard

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The Truth About Microsoft Enterprise Agreements

Don’t Overpay—Let Us Find the Value for You

by Lane Shelton | 03.11.15

Chances are, if you have more than 250 devices at your organization, you have heard the Enterprise Agreement (EA) pitch more than once. In fact, I agree hands down you can find results anywhere from 15% to 45% off your costs with an EA under the right circumstances. If your organization wants to license software and cloud services for a minimum three-year period, you get built-in savings and several other benefits like free training, consulting services, and tech support. Even if you’re not ready for the cloud right now, there are ways to use the EA as a licensing vehicle to gain savings and benefits, and possibly even become cloud-ready—but with the ability to move at your pace, on your terms. 

Tags:CloudEnterprise AgreementMicrosoftSoftwareSoftware Assurance

The Save-Big Strategy: Cisco UCS and Microsoft Server 2012

The Many Ways Migrating to Windows Server 2012 Reduces Costs

by Justin Zuill | 02.18.15

Moving from Microsoft Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2012 not only ensures your data center is running on a supported platform, it can save you money in a number of ways—and that’s always a good thing. 

Tags:CiscoCisco UCSCloud Serversconsolidate serversData CenterITMicrosoftSecuritySoftwaretoolWindows Server 2003Windows Server 2012

VDI: Past and Present

Get Your Virtualization Engines Running Using Cisco UCS

by Tony D'Ancona | 02.17.15

There have been a lot of changes in desktop virtualization in the past year or so. Where once we were pretty happy if we could deliver a virtual desktop directly to a client that had specific software for receiving a virtual desktop, today we have so many more options. In reality, the VDI story has changed to the EUC story. VDI is certainly one of the important use cases (for users that are well-connected to the network), but end-user computing now addresses the other aspects, from a disconnected user to a modern application delivery system that gives us SSO access to apps, SAAS, content and desktops, through devices with a HTML5 browsers—all managed with an Enterprise Mobility Manager.

Tags:Cisco UCSEUCServersSoftwareVDI DeploymentVirtualization