As part of a new partnership agreement, SHI is now authorized to offer the complete Box suite of cloud content management and collaboration services. Box’s cloud services enable businesses to securely share, access, and organize content from any device and any location.
By purchasing Box services through SHI, customers can merge IT spend and simplify vendor management. We’ve already processed Box orders for Fortune 100, academic, and commercial SMB customers, and interest is growing rapidly.
Read the press release for more information.
Cloud Expo West wrapped up yesterday, sending attendees back to their home states and offices with much to think about, particularly how their organizations must continue to innovate and adapt to the growing availability and adoption of cloud services.
If you weren’t able to attend the show, or if you did go but didn’t have time to stop by our booth or keynote sessions, here’s a quick wrap-up of the topics we were discussing and headlines we made.
SHI CEO Thai Lee Explores the Changing Atmosphere of Cloud Computing. Thai Lee opened Cloud Expo West with a keynote presentation that emphasized the value of examining the IT trends of the past in order to better meet the current and future needs of customers.
SHI Cloud Marketplace Simplifies and Optimizes Cloud Services Management. On Monday we followed up Thai’s presentation with the introduction of our Cloud Marketplace, an online portal that enables organizations to securely compare, procure, and manage cloud infrastructure from a variety of providers.
Quietly Efficient SHI Opens New Marketplace for Cloud Services. eWeek reporter Chris Preimesberger stopped by our booth and spoke with John Yung, CEO of Appcara, the web developer SHI worked with to develop the Cloud Marketplace. Preimesberger’s article relays more details about how the Marketplace operates and how businesses can use it.
Today at Cloud Expo West 2013, SHI unveiled the new SHI Cloud Marketplace, an online portal where customers can securely source, procure, and manage their Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) solutions. In the SHI Cloud Marketplace, customers can research, compare, purchase, and deploy a growing list of cloud offerings from Amazon (Amazon Web Services), Rackspace, Microsoft (Windows Azure), VMware (vCHS), HP Cloud, and SHI Cloud.
The SHI Cloud Marketplace’s comprehensive functionality runs laps around other cloud platforms. Most marketplaces either allow customers to compare services but not purchase them, or purchase services but research them elsewhere. The SHI Cloud Marketplace combines both features while also offering access to SHI’s volume licensing experts for recommendations and compliance assistance.
Check out our official press release for more details.
Effective today, Microsoft is changing the way it sells and licenses Windows Azure through the Enterprise Agreement (EA) program. The changes apply to all enrollment programs, including the new Server and Cloud Enrollment (SCE), which also goes live today.
The Azure pricing update involves three major changes:
- Simplified pricing
- A new consumption allowance that eliminates overage fees
- A single subscription option
Below we’ll take a look at each of these changes and outline how organizations can license Windows Azure via SCE moving forward. Continue Reading…
You asked for it, and we got it! Due to popular demand, SHI has added Amazon Web Services (AWS) to our cloud products and solutions portfolio. This new partnership will help customers streamline the sourcing, procurement, and management of their AWS Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) assets.
The AWS cloud computing platform is composed of several remote computing services provided by Amazon. We’re currently focused on offering the three most popular AWS solutions.
- Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) — a web service that provides resizable compute capacity in the cloud that’s designed to make web-scale computing easier for developers.
- Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) — a highly scalable, reliable, and low-latency data storage system in the cloud.
- Amazon CloudWatch — a system that monitors AWS cloud resources and the applications customers run on AWS.
AWS offers businesses an easy-to-use, cost-effective, and scalable solution to manage their computing needs, all housed under a single umbrella. While the technology benefits and business case in favor of the AWS platform are numerous, sourcing AWS through SHI offers even more advantages to our customers. Here are the top three reasons why AWS is better with SHI:
- Cost savings. SHI’s overall purchasing volume can translate into potential cost savings for customers compared to buying it individually from AWS.
- Consolidated and consistent IT procurement. Buying AWS through the same account team that supports traditional volume licensing software and hardware assets enables organizations to leverage the rules of a managed procurement channel. Customers gain immediate visibility into AWS usage through regular SHI reporting and business reviews, and can see that it is properly classified as part of their overall IT spend.
- Expertise. SHI’s volume Licensing Executives (LEs) can help explain how Infrastructure as a Service and other cloud purchases impact an organization’s volume licensing scenario. Armed with a unified purchase history that serves as a snapshot of an IT environment, SHI’s LEs can provide the insight and expertise that will help customers reduce redundancy while remaining compliant.
I’m fresh off the 10th annual VMworld, and amid the sea of often conflicting visions for the future IT landscape, one constant remains: Organizations are making IT architecture decisions today that will provide the foundation for future success or failure.
SHI has made significant investments in building resources and processes to help our customers make sense of these different visions. To help wade through the sea of change, here is a summary of the major themes and announcements from last week’s VMworld, along with how SHI can provide additional customer insight and support:
1. vCloud Hybrid Service (vCHS) becomes generally available to U.S. customers in September.
Back in May, VMware announced vCHS, an Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) offering built on VMware vSphere that enables customers to extend the same skills, tools, networking, and security models across both on-premises and off-premises environments. The Early Access Program’s momentum signals the potential demand for vCHS when it becomes generally available this month.
What this means for SHI customers: As one of VMware’s top partners, SHI has substantial experience helping customers transform their business based on VMware’s virtualization platform, of which vCHS is a natural extension. SHI was also one of VMware’s initial vCHS launch partners, so we’ve had a few months’ head start on other technology resellers. In that time, we’ve built resources and processes to support our customers’ adoption of vCHS and help them maximize their IT investment. Continue Reading…
Microsoft recently announced its plans to launch a new volume licensing program called Server and Cloud Enrollment (SCE). Anticipated to go into effect in the fourth quarter of 2013, this new enrollment offering will give customers the ability to license Microsoft server, applications, and cloud technologies under a single enrollment structure. The server and cloud technologies include Windows Server, System Center, SQL Server, and Azure. Customers will also have the ability to enroll their Visual Studio Developer, BizTalk, and SharePoint Server licenses.
In addition, SCE provides organizations with pricing discounts, standard program terms, and a flexible licensing approach that offers the option to procure perpetual or subscription licenses, depending on deployment needs. Here’s everything you need to know about SCE.
How does SCE work?
SCE is a three-year commitment signed under a Microsoft Enterprise Agreement (EA). It requires an enterprise-wide commitment to Software Assurance (SA) across the installed base of one or more of the components that make up the program. These SCE components are:
- Core Infrastructure (i.e., Windows Server and System Center)
- Application Platform (i.e., SQL Server. BizTalk and SharePoint can also be included)
- Developer Platform (i.e., Visual Studio)
- Windows Azure
By joining the SCE program, customers will receive the following benefits:
- Discounts on new license and Software Assurance purchases
- Discounts on Software Assurance renewals
- New subscription-based licensing options, which replace the deferred SA approach offered in the EAP, and that will provide flexibility when retiring workloads or migrating to the cloud
- Windows Azure pricing discounts
- Full Software Assurance rights, including License Mobility and version upgrade rights
- Unlimited problem resolution support for qualifying premier services customers
- Consolidated enrollment covering both Core Infrastructure and Application Platform components
What does SCE mean for you? Continue Reading…