Strive for disaster prevention with a colocation data center

A lot of organizations chase down the idea that they need a disaster recovery center. The specter of flooding, earthquakes, malware, or even just power outages often spurs the thought. But the truth is that for many companies, it’s an unnecessary step. Much of the time, disaster prevention is a better option, and one that’s…

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More business, as usual: SHI revenue surges in Q3 2014

SHI released its quarterly earnings statement last week, revealing powerful growth and record-breaking revenue in yet another quarter. SHI brought in $1.48 billion in revenue during the third quarter, attributable in great part to growth of legacy hardware partners. But the other driver was the many organizations upgrading their systems in preparation for the end…

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5 ways technology can increase sales for brick and mortar retailers

The majority of U.S. retail sales still occur in brick and mortar stores, but maybe not for long. Online shopping has drawn dollars away from big box stores, which continue to struggle to attract customers given the convenience and discounts online retailers have to offer. The giants of e-commerce are also swaying business in their…

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How Microsoft Enterprise Cloud Suite licensing affects you

Microsoft will launch its new Enterprise Cloud Suite (ECS) offering on Dec. 1, 2014, the latest step in its broader shift in licensing models to a “mobile first, cloud first” strategy. ECS will be a bundled subscription SKU offering containing Office 365 (O365) Plan E3, Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS), and Windows Client OS Per User….

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5 more can’t-miss Microsoft webinars from SHI

We’re midway through this season’s lineup of Microsoft webinars, and so far the attendance and conversations have been impressive. If you haven’t yet had a chance to join SHI’s and Microsoft’s experts in one of these sessions, we still have plenty more topics for you to choose from. Take a look at the schedule of…

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How to prepare for the expiration of your EAP and ECI enrollments

A year after Microsoft launched its Server and Cloud Enrollment (SCE) volume licensing program, many organizations are preparing to make the switch as their Enrollment for Application Platform (EAP) and Enrollment for Core Infrastructure (ECI) agreements expire. Customers with expiring contracts are facing critical decisions regarding the renewal of their software assurance (SA) into the…

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How the IBM-Lenovo deal affects you

Lenovo’s recent acquisition of IBM’s x86 server business, completed on Oct. 1, makes it one of the largest suppliers of x86 servers in the world. As far back as January, when news of a deal first emerged, organizations of all sizes have been anticipating the change while also wondering what implications the deal would have…

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IT asset management: Are we there yet?

Anyone in a position of authority within an IT department should be making the case for a viable IT asset management (ITAM) program. It’s time to say, “Let’s get our house in order.” Most IT professionals believe the frequency of software licensing audits is rising, and many others don’t think they excel at hardware asset…

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3 licensing options for migrating to Microsoft Azure from Windows Server 2003

Where will your organization go when Microsoft ends support for Windows Server 2003? Many organizations are formulating an answer to that question right now, preparing to meet the July 14, 2015 deadline. The myriad licensing models, program options, and cost scenarios for a Win2k3 migration make it a daunting task involving multiple decision points. The…

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