Archive for October, 2011

#Hosted #Exchange 2010 Future of /Hosting Mode

October 25, 2011 Comments off

Future of /Hosting Mode

Microsoft announced that the /hosting mode option for deploying Exchange for multi-tenant hosting will not be carried forward into the next version of Exchange. Going forward (starting with Exchange 2010 SP2), hosters should use the on-premises configuration of Exchange to run a multi-tenant hosted Exchange infrastructure which will be fully supported by Microsoft and offers a wider set of features to be offered to end customers. In addition, integrating Lync into a hosted service portfolio will be more streamlined and much simpler

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With the release of Exchange 2010 SP1, we introduced the /hosting mode switch – a feature which deploys Exchange using an Active Directory structure that affords complete separation between tenant organizations shared on the same underlying platform. /Hosting mode makes the need for a solution like Hosted Messaging and Collaboration largely redundant when hosting multi-tenant Exchange. /Hosting mode does not ship with any automation tools necessary for hosters to operate a service at scale, but it does address the requirements typical of a multi-tenant infrastructure (such as tenant organizations and service plans).

On one hand, /hosting mode solves many challenges inherent to offering this type of service. On the other hand, /hosting mode offers a reduced feature set as compared to the typical on-premises configuration. In the time since we released SP1 and /hosting mode, we have heard from customers and partners alike that many of these features are a fundamental requirement for doing business, and so to this end I announced that hosters would be supported when using the on-premises configuration from SP2 onwards (assuming their configuration meets certain design requirements). In addition, we also provided perspective on which is the right approach for hosters to take.

The purpose of this blog post is to explain the next step in the evolution of our thinking regarding /hosting mode……more

#Dilbert on Technology Strategy and Plannng

October 21, 2011 Comments off

Categories: Dilbert /Humour

TeleBriefing: Evaluating Windows #Azure @directionsonms

October 21, 2011 Comments off

The Windows Azure platform, Microsoft’s cloud-based application and data hosting environment, has received many updates since it became commercially available in February 2010. Services and tools have been added and updated, and future production offerings are available as preview releases. Some costs have been revised, and an online portal now provides a marketplace for purchase of Azure-based applications. Azure’s customer list continues to grow, and Microsoft touts new usage scenarios.
This TeleBriefing provides an overview of Azure’s latest additions and improvements including announcements made at the Sept. 2011 BUILD conference where Windows 8 was previewed and shown leveraging Azure services.

Register here:

Categories: Cloud Services - PaaS

#SPLA VL COMM – SPLA January 2012 Price Changes #Hosters #Hosting #Service Providers

October 17, 2011 Comments off

SPLA January 2012 Price Changes

As previously announced, as part of the overall price rationalization efforts for the Services Provider License Agreement (SPLA) business, some SPLA prices are changing in January 2012 to better align SPLA pricing with On-Premises subscription pricing and the overall market. In addition, some SPLA Academic prices are changing to better align with On-Premises Academic subscription pricing.

The initial SPLA price changes occurred in January 2011 and May 2011. Most price points decreased for SPLA. SPLA pricing for some products will not change.

This is the last of three planned price changes and is effective January 2012. For a complete list of the SKUs affected by the price change, see the January 2012 pricelist, which will be available from your reseller or from the Microsoft website in December 2011.

Partner Value Proposition:
As part of our continued evaluation and improvement of the SPLA program, Microsoft is moving toward a standard formula for SPLA pricing.

These changes will result in better alignment across all Volume Licensing programs.

These changes will improve the competitiveness of the product offerings in SPLA.

The final of three planned SPLA price changes goes into effect in January 2012

#Dilbert on Product Requirements

October 4, 2011 Comments off

Categories: Dilbert /Humour
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