Will these product and licensing changes from Microsoft affect you?

what you need to knowYou probably heard Microsoft is buying LinkedIn. But have you heard about MPSA’s evolution and the licensing changes for Windows Server 2016 and Office 365 (O365)?

Microsoft announced a handful of adjustments to select current licensing models, as well as new suites of products, over the past several weeks. Understanding these changes will help organizations effectively plan for upcoming renewals and/or new IT initiatives.

Let’s run down the latest Microsoft changes. (more…)

SHI sets new revenue record while navigating changing IT landscape

Earnings-releaseIn the past 12 months, the IT landscape has been remapped in both technical and business terms. Cloud, on-prem data center, and hybrid infrastructure have presented customers with more IT options than ever before. Meanwhile mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures consolidate some vendors while creating others – often in the same marketplace. Still, SHI marches forward.

Driven by strong partner performances, SHI’s first half revenue came in at $3.3 billion – a 12 percent year-over-year increase. SHI recorded growth across its enterprise and commercial, public sector, and SMB sales divisions, and saw $400 million in revenue from emerging partners, many of which focus on cloud-based technologies that continue to challenge the traditional IT playing field. (more…)

Ransomware 101: What it is and how to protect yourself

Ransomware
Ransomware was once a blip on the cyber security radar, but times have changed: Ransomware attacks grew nearly 500 percent, to 3.8 million attacks, from 2014 to 2015.

Ransomware has been headline news ever since hospitals became big targets. One survey found that only 18 percent of hospitals haven’t been hit with ransomware attacks. But health care isn’t alone: Police departments, schools, and churches are all seeing ransomware attacks grow in frequency. Still, some organizations fail to protect themselves or are simply unaware of the threat ransomware poses. (more…)

What you need to know about SQL 2016 licensing

SQL licensing changesSQL 2016 was released on June 1 and licensing will remain mostly consistent for customers; however, there are a few changes that organizations must consider when purchasing or migrating to SQL 2016.

At a high level, there are three differences in licensing SQL 2016:

  • Reduction in SQL 2016 Edition options.
  • New license grant rules for migrating from SQL BI Servers to SQL Enterprise Servers.
  • A simplified virtual core licensing calculation to align with physical core models.

Compared to the SQL 2014 license models, this round of changes is less complex, but it will still have an impact on your organization. Let’s break down each of these adjustments and how to proceed. (more…)