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Upgrade Economics: Windows Server 2003

Delaying Your Upgrade to Windows Server 2012 Only Hurts Your Bottom Line

by Justin Zuill | 06.25.15

What is the cost of doing nothing? If your business is still using servers running Windows Server 2003, that cost may be substantial—and growing. In the dozen years since Windows Server 2003 debuted, the world has seen huge strides in both the hardware and software that comprise business IT. Processing power has continued to obey Moore’s law by doubling about every 18 months, and there have been two versions of Windows Server to supersede Windows Server 2003. On July 14, 2015, the official end of support (EOS) for this venerable workhorse finally arrives.

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There’s been a lot of discussion about the 270% ROI Windows Server 2012 offers –and that’s significant. But let’s go beyond the numbers to see what else R2 has to offer. 

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Software licensing used to be pretty cut and dry. You had a specific number of seats, so you bought a specific number of licenses. Well, it’s pretty clear those days are long gone. Your “seats” are no longer parked in front of a single computer. They’re on the move—constantly surrounded by the multitude of devices today’s users rely on to work productively wherever business takes them. From company-owned notebooks, smartphones, and tablets to BYOD-supported devices, employees need access to their must-have productivity applications at all times.

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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.

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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.

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