Many organizations looking to leverage Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) may have concerns when it comes to recouping past investment in existing in-house infrastructure.
In mid-November, Microsoft announced that it would be rebranding the next version of its unified communications platform as Skype for Business. This represents the next step in the integration between Skype, one of the most popular consumer communications services (with more than 300 million users) and Lync, one of the leading enterprise communications platforms (sharing Gartner’s Leader Quadrant with Cisco, Avaya and Mitel).
With support for Windows Server 2003 and 2003 R2 ending in July 2015, it is important that organizations begin planning and preparing for an upgrade path that meets the unique needs of their business. Organizations everywhere will need to begin assessing their current infrastructure and develop a strategy to migrate off the aging platform onto Windows Server 2012 R2 and Microsoft Azure.
The Department of Homeland Security recently reminded us all, once again, that the Windows Server 2003 end of support (see post here) is a risk that can be avoided. But enough of this negative attitude! There are lots of positive reasons to move forward to Windows Server 2012 Including:
Those who thought Microsoft was going to rest on its laurels when it comes to cloud offerings are starting to hedge their bets. But, who am I kidding? Nobody actually thought that.
Recently, Microsoft introduced a new suite of products designed to help organizations better manage their mobile environments. It’s called Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS).
Today I’m going to share details on the products it includes. I’d also like to share how these products can help IT gain more control and save headaches during our rapidly growing mobile device era. But first, for the benefit of the reader, let’s define what I mean by “mobile device.”
Companies throughout the world have been very busy for the past couple of years upgrading their Windows XP systems before the end of extended support earlier this year. While many began to breathe a sigh of relief when that project wrapped up (and others are continuing to work through it), there really isn’t time to rest. The reason: There is another deadline that is quickly approaching which should be of equal, if not greater, concern.
By now everyone knows that Windows Server 2003 is fast approaching end of life. But each organization needs to assess the impact, both in terms of the risks of not removing Windows Server 2003 from the infrastructure, and the rewards of deploying a current server OS in the data center. In this brief blog post, we will examine each, the risks and the benefits, with the hope that your organization will benefit.
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Today, I’ll share some generalized questions and historical thoughts which we can’t forget. (Like the year I broke my neck. Just can’t erase the thought.)
Indulge me with a trip down memory lane. Let’s go back to 2003. What a great year. Apple introduced iTunes, American Idol debuted on television and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers won the Super Bowl. In addition, Wikipedia was launched, the idea of Myspace (remember that) was born on a whiteboard and Mark Zuckerberg (creator of Facebook) entered Harvard – all in 2003.
On April 24, 2003, Microsoft released Windows Server 2003. It has been supported for the last 11 years. However, on July 14, 2015, Microsoft will cease creating updates, service patches, phone support and web support for the venerable operating system.