Archive for March, 2011

#Hosted #Lync 2010: An opportunity for Service Providers – Blog

March 31, 2011 Comments off

Hosted Lync Server 2010: An opportunity for Service Providers

Today is attending the Microsoft Hosted Lync Server 2010 Airlift at Microsoft, and thus begins the journey to a complete Hosted UC solution from Microsoft delivered by service provider partners. Not only is this a great opportunity for service providers, but for their customers as well.

The opportunity awaiting Small and Medium sized businesses (SMBs) to more effectively operate by leveraging cloud based messaging, collaboration, and unified communications, while also lowering IT costs, is available with the Microsoft Hosted UC platform that includes Hosted Exchange 2010, Hosted Lync Server 2010, and Hosted SharePoint 2010. These tools deliver better operations by utilizing more effective communication and collaboration tools for employees and customers. Not sure how these tools can deliver on this? Contact for a full demo that shows the capability to deliver on this promise.

What about the lowering of IT costs? With Hosted Lync Server 2010, an SMB can move off of expensive on-premise telecom equipment. That part is easy. They can also lower costs by going to commodity broadband instead of expensive T1 Voice/Data style telecom services. With Lync in the cloud, the hosting provider takes care of the telecom interconnects, so all the SMB needs is quality broadband. Further, Lync offers complete conference calling support and web conferencing, so you can also move off the very expensive existing solutions. Once an SMB sees and understands the full value proposition, the decision to move to the cloud for Lync, Exchange and SharePoint becomes easy. It’s hard to not to underestimate the value for an SMB, and note, I said value, not “cost savings”, and while lower costs is certainly part of it, getting much better value for the cost is really the goal with this solution.

Also this week, is a sponsor at the 2011 Microsoft Hosting Summit, and we will be co-presenting with Microsoft on a presentation about Building Microsoft based Messaging and Collaboration Cloud Services, as well as delivering a demo. This participation further confirms our success in achieving our ongoing goals to be a thought leader in the Microsoft based hosted services industry and to exceed customer expectations. Our consulting clients know they are working with the best when confirmed by Microsoft hiring to help them deliver this capability at their marquee hosting event.[Hosted+Lync+Server+2

#Licensing #Microsoft #Office365 – Directions on Microsoft Telebriefing

March 30, 2011 Comments off

Office 365, scheduled for release later this year, will provide hosted versions of Exchange Server 2010, SharePoint Server 2010, and Lync Server 2010 with subscription licenses to the Office desktop software. The new online offering has generated considerable interest among enterprise customers, but there’s still some confusion on exactly how Microsoft will license Office 365. In this TeleBriefing, Rob Horwitz, Research Chair and Co-founder of Directions on Microsoft, provides an overview of the seven Office 365 service plans, what they cost, and how they’re licensed. He also explained the new CAL Suite Bridge, a complex but strategically important set of new client access (CAL) licenses Microsoft has introduced to help large organizations with EAs purchase Office 365.

[Click Here] to view the slides with audio of this TeleBriefing.

Some High-Level Slides… full set available at link above.

Windows #Intune Launches Today

March 23, 2011 Comments off

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Partner info here…

The long-anticipated arrival is here. The new Windows Intune is now Windows Intunebetter than ever for your customers who need to keep their PCs up and running, whether they’re in the office or on the road. With the launch of Windows Intune, you can now offer an all-in-one solution that can help your customers stay productive from virtually anywhere. This comprehensive solution combines an upgrade subscription to Windows 7 Enterprise with key Microsoft cloud services to simplify PC management and security, so you and your customers can stay focused on driving business success

#vmware forum 2011

March 22, 2011 Comments off

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Categories: Virtualisation

Seminar: Cisco Technical Forum – Data Centre

March 22, 2011 Comments off

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Who Should Attend
Technical decision makers and influencers responsible for the implementation / management of business systems

Cisco pioneered the vision of Ethernet-based ‘Unified Fabric’ within the Data Centre over three years ago. Subsequently Cisco introduced Unified Computing and Unified Network Services, all of which have formed the building blocks for Cisco’s Data Centre Business Advantage framework.We invite you to attend these interactive sessions to learn how partnering with Cisco can help your organisation to break through traditional business compromises and engage with your customers in new ways by increasing IT agility whilst at the same time reducing cost.Learn more on

Session 1: Power of Convergence with Unified Fabric

Unified Fabric raises the bar for standards-based DC networking with the industry’s most sophisticated end-to-end FCoE solution including industry-first support for multi-hop topology and converged management.

At the session you will learn more about:

  • Multi-hop FCoE Innovation
  • Converged Management of DC Networks
    Session 2: Delivering Scaleable, Flexible Fabric with Unified Network ServicesCisco maintains its VM networking leadership with the introduction of LISP support and Fabric Extension technology. Finally, continued strong R&D investments yield advances on multiple fronts, including 8G FC, Nexus ultra-low latency switching, Storage Media Encryption for Disk, stronger MPLS support, ACE enhancements as well as strong security capabilities for cloud-ready environments.The session will cover:
  • Raising the bar for DC Access – Nexus Innovation & Cisco FEX
  • Secure Application Services (ACE)
  • Cloud Ready Infrastructure Technologies (MPLS/LISP)Session 3: Unified Compute System (UCS)Join us as we celebrate the two-year anniversary of Cisco entering the Compute market and hear about the latest innovations.
  • Latest B-Series and C-Series developments
  • UCS as a proof point of DCBA
  • Your chance to receive a copy of the latest Cisco Press UCS Reference Guide
  • Essential Guide to RAID Configuration – SearchStorage

    March 17, 2011 Comments off

    Categories: Storage & Backup

    All About #SPLA for #Hosters

    March 14, 2011 Comments off

    A short post with all you should need to know to get you up to speed on this enthralling topic  ;o)

    In a Nutshell…. Microsoft Services Provider License Agreement (SPLA) gives you pay-as-you-go Flexibility.

    With the Microsoft Services Provider License Agreement (SPLA), there are no upfront costs or volume license commitments. You pay only for what you used in the previous month; you have access to the latest versions of software and are not geographically limited.

    SPLA gives hosting providers the flexibility to build affordable solutions with the features customers want.

    Getting Started
    To get started and signed up for SPLA you need to work with an authorized SPLA reseller in your region.  Find a SPLA Reseller

    To be eligible for SPLA, you should be enrolled in the Microsoft Partner Network and enrolled in the Microsoft Hosting Community

    Key Resources


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