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Is Microsoft Mobility Management Right for Your Business?

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Mobility is dramatically changing the workplace to make companies more agile, efficient and productive. But these benefits don’t come without costs, and one of those costs is security.

As more work is done on mobile devices that could fall into anyone’s hands, sensitive corporate data and documents must be appropriately protected. Companies must be diligent about securing devices, applications and content as users move from office to home, to airport to mall, to coffee shop and back again. 

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Unified Communications and the Cloud: A Match Made in Heaven

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Unified communications has been a focus of businesses for quite some time. Dubbed as “UC,” it is simply the integration of real time communications (e.g., voice, video, etc.) with non-real time communications (e.g., voicemail, email, etc.). As companies continue their never-ending search to “do more with less,” unified communications has become a prime target to do just that. Furthermore, cloud computing and UC are intersecting head-on. This hosted cloud model is being looked at more and more, generally called UC-as-a-Service (UCaaS). A recent study by Transparency Market Research puts the annual growth at over 20 percent for the next seven years, with a market totaling almost $38 billion by the year 2022. 

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Part 2: Why We Need Software Defined Networking (SDN) Solutions

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The real barrier to software defined networking (SDN) adoption is education. Network engineers have stated for the past 31 years that, “Real engineers manage via command-line interface (CLI),” as if it were a badge of honor to manage a network with thousands of lines of code on a black screen. With all of the benefits of leading SDN solutions, it is only a matter of time until decision-makers determine it is time to adopt a next generation networking solution. 

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The New Microsoft

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By now, most people are aware that Microsoft has entered the device market with the Surface line of tablets. The Microsoft Surface has become popular as a complete notebook replacement for many in the corporate realm. In 2014, Microsoft purchased the Devices and Services division of Nokia and this summer, they expect to release the first Lumia that is Microsoft branded. It’s clear that Microsoft is shifting to become a devices company, along with producing and shipping hardware with their latest operating system, Windows 10, which will officially launch in late 2015. 

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User Client Access Licenses (CAL) Price Increases: What You Need to Know

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Early reports of unconfirmed Microsoft Client Access Licenses (CAL) price increases have abounded in the past half of a year. And, while we’ve all known they were coming, the details are often what is most important. Without further preamble, here are those details:

-Pricing on the User CAL increases by 13% over existing prices

-The increase takes effect on August 1st

-Prices will be released on July 1st (Microsoft always releases official pricing in the month prior to the effective date)

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EMC World 2015: Flash Comes of Age!

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Unless you’ve been living in a cave for the last couple of years, it’s pretty widely known that all-flash arrays have been the hyped-up technology in the storage industry. From startups to established players, just about everybody has had a go at it with varying degrees of success. However, no matter the marketing attention being given to the technology, the reality until now has been that the conversation about all-flash with customers has been one of compromise. For instance, “Sure, this will give us blazing performance, but the cost is very high” and “We have some data services that will lower the cost a bit, but scalability is an issue.” Lastly, “Yes, this array has data services and scalability, but replication is not available.”