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The latest software news and solutions to help you assess, plan, and implement your IT projects. From articles on new or upgraded software, including operating systems and virtualization, to procurement and integration issues, such as licensing options, and more. We’ll keep you Connected with our Software News.


Addressing Virtualization Challenges with SDDC

Virtualizing Hardware Enables Greater Flexibility, Reduced Capex and Opex

by Kurt Hildebrand | 03.22.17

The rise of virtualization has shifted focus and control away from physical hardware, initially for servers, and eventually for storage and networking. A study by MarketsandMarkets predicts that the Software Defined Data Center (SDDC) market will surpass $77 billion by 2020. SDDC is an important concept because it virtualizes, abstracts, and automates all major IT infrastructure, enabling far more flexibility and eliminating much of the complexity in configuring and making changes. 

Tags:Converged InfrastructureNetworkNetworkingServersSoftware-defined data center managementStorageVirtualization

The Pulse Of Software Trends

Are You Prepared to Move to Windows 10?

by Rick Sabarese | 02.21.17

If you’re into all things IT like we are, then I’m sure you’re aware that Microsoft is set to end support for Windows 7 in 2020. To stay ahead of the game—and to take advantage of new business and security features—now is the time to start looking into migration to Windows 10. To help get a better idea of how IT decision makers view their migration projects, Connection recently partnered with research firm IDG to ask them about their goals and challenges related to Windows 10.

Tags:ConnectionIDGITITDMMicrosoftWindows 10Windows 7

Stuck on Step Zero?

How to Activate Office 365

by Patrick Renzi | 12.30.16

You've taken the plunge and decided to make the switch to Office 365. The first step was, naturally, completing the licensing purchase. Regardless of how you've made this purchase, there may be a few roadblocks sitting in your way. So let's hope the detour signs are there to help navigate you through. Connection is here on your journey to Office 365 to be that signage—brightly declaring to watch out, activation is just ahead! Let's start with the Enterprise Agreement, Microsoft's flagship agreement.

Tags:AzureCloudConnectionEnterprise AgreementMicrosoftOffice 365Office 365 TenantsServer Assessments

Stay Competitive with Speed and Quality

Get to Market Faster with Xamarin DevOps Tools

by Patrick Renzi | 12.28.16

As a small ISV start-up, you truly face a tough task. How can you compete against more established software developers without cutting deeply into your bottom line? Creating new IP takes time, and testing that IP takes even longer. You could cut time by developing your application for only one platform: developing for only iOS will reach a larger subset of clients; while developing for Android may take less time. Focusing on just one platform may save time, but you are also limiting your audience of mobile users. If only there was a tool to simplify coding to normalize your app across all platforms. Someone must have been listening, because now there is!

Tags:AndroidAzureVisual StudioXamarin

What's in a Name?

Enable Your New Secure and Productive Enterprise

by Patrick Renzi | 12.12.16

It's no secret that Microsoft owns the productivity workspace. They have shown time and time again that productivity is about more than just end-user applications. Without a stable, user-friendly interface, adoption of these apps would simply flounder. Never content to simply sit on their laurels, Microsoft began to notice the trends of the last decade. The shift to mobile users demanding the same experience across all devices led them to release per-user subscriptions of Office 365 and then Windows Enterprise. Both give users the same experience across all devices, and, as mobility continues to flourish, Microsoft is pushing to secure those users—leading to the release of the Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS). This bundles the best of their of per-user, device-centric security and leaves no stone unturned. EMS protects the device, the user’s identity, the apps, and the files.

Tags:Connectioncyber threatsEnterprise Cloud Suite ECSEnterprise Mobility SuiteMicrosoftMobile usersOffice 365Secure Productive Enterprise SPESPE E3SPE E5Windows Enterprise

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