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Windows 10 Breaking News

You may have heard it first when I blogged about Microsoft’s recent announcement which indicated that they would effectively pull the plug on Windows 7 and 8/8.1 support for 6th Gen and higher processors after July 2017. In an effort to get this word out quickly we emailed, posted to our blog, and even recorded a video. Our commitment has been ongoing, and we have been busy talking to customers and gathering feedback for Microsoft. We found that many of our customers felt this change had a negative impact and put a severe crimp in already strained IT budgets and plans. It appears Microsoft has heard the feedback and announced the cutoff date has been extended to July 17, 2018. Here’s what it all means. 

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Security Survey

What Did Our Security Survey Reveal?

IT security risks and challenges - keeping your peers up at night

by Stephen Nardone | 03.22.16

PC Connection recently partnered with industry-leading technology research organization IDG to learn more about today’s top security trends and challenges. In an industry where the situation can change on an almost daily basis, keeping up with the latest security developments is paramount. That’s why we asked IT decision makers from organizations across the country (and a wide variety of industries) what their biggest security concerns are.

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Microsoft SQL Server

Life After "SQL-mageddon"

Prepare for Your Migration in Four Steps

by Lane Shelton | 03.10.16

With the official end of life looming (RIP, April 12, 2016) for the up to 2 million-plus servers running some form of Microsoft’s popular relational database management system, SQL Server 2005, putting in place a migration plan is not optional—it’s a must. For most, staying with Microsoft represents the least painful alternative, although this is not without its challenges. In addition to the current successor, SQL Server 2014, other options include SQL Server 2012, the eventually-to-be-released SQL Server 2016 or Azure SQL Database (cloud). Read on for the four steps to a successful SQL migration that should be top of mind.

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SQL Server 2016: The Buzz Beyond Security

Key upgrade drivers to consider when planning for life after SQL Server 2005

by Jonathan Clark | 03.08.16

The highlights of the newest version of Microsoft’s SQL Server 2016 take security and visibility upgrades of earlier versions and move toward availability, simplicity, and consistency. With only a few days to go before the end of support for SQL Server 2005, IT professionals are talking a lot about upgrades. While security is an important factor to consider, other improved features bring a lot to the table for SQL Server 2016 in Microsoft’s quest to meet the needs of today’s modern business.

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Microsoft SQL Server

What End of Support for SQL Server 2005 Means for You

Don’t Put Your Data at Risk

by Lane Shelton | 03.01.16

For five years, Microsoft’s SQL Server 2005 has been in its extended support phase, but its end of life is near, which can pose security risks to an organization. The primary risk to not upgrading before the deadline is that there will be no more updates or security hot fixes. “Unless the organization has a costly support contract with Microsoft, they’re on their own when it comes to updates and protection,” said Steve Ragan, senior staff writer for CSO Online.

Tags:ComplianceHealthcare ITMicrosoftSecuritySQL Server 2005SQL Server 2016

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