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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

Microsoft Enterprise Agreement (EA)

There's a Big Change Coming to the Microsoft EA Program

What This Means for Your Essential Software Licenses

by Lane Shelton | 01.13.16

Microsoft announced that they are making a strategic change to the Enterprise Agreement (EA) program beginning on July 1, 2016. They will raise the minimum commitment for commercial customers signing new Enterprise Enrollments and Enterprise Subscription Enrollments from 250 to 500 users/devices. Existing customers approaching renewal with fewer than 500 users/devices will be able to extend their current Enrollments for 36 months, in keeping with current program rules. This is the most significant customer-program change from Microsoft since they created the direct EA in 2001. What does this change mean for you? Read on, and I’ll break it down for you.

Tags:Enterprise AgreementMicrosoftMicrosoft License OptimizationMicrosoft Products and Services AgreementSoftware

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