Here are four ways you can begin to model and outline each team member’s roles and responsibilities to improve collaboration and communication.
Invidior uses Microsoft Office 365 to handle its toughest tasks: data monitoring, organization, and analysis. The pharmaceutical industry is heavily regulated and document- and data-heavy. Indivior has found that Office 365 provides unparalleled data analysis and visualization capabilities that enable them to pursue a cure for opioid addiction faster and more efficiently. Office 365 delivers the simple, easy-to-use functionality required in today’s digital world.
When a small company finds itself growing, it often faces serious challenges in maintaining an IT infrastructure capable of keeping up with the rest of the business. Leveraging cloud implementations can provide huge benefits to companies facing these challenges. Here are five strategies for moving your business to the cloud.
In this new clip, Coretek Services shows you how auto insurance giant GEICO is adopting a DevOps strategy and transitioning development to Microsoft Azure. With the Microsoft technology stack and ecosystem behind it, GEICO is moving to the cloud with a focus on greater efficiency, superior application availability, and lower costs.
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Watch Affinity Workforce tackle modern security challenges with ease, utilizing the integrated and user-friendly Microsoft 365. With the heavy lifting of security already done, companies can save money and employees can focus on getting straight to the task at hand.
As you start to explore the world of Microsoft Azure Cloud Services, you will start to see there are many options. Let’s discuss the three types of Microsoft programs for you to purchase.
#1 – Pay-As-You-Go Subscriptions
Pay-As-You-Go subscriptions are simple to use and simple to set up. There are no minimum purchases or commitments. You pay for your consumption by credit-card on a monthly basis and you can cancel anytime. This use-case is primarily for infrastructure environments that are setup for a temporary purpose. It’s important to understand that organizations using this model pay full list price for consumption and do not have direct support from Microsoft.
#2 – Microsoft Enterprise Agreement (EA)
Microsoft Enterprise Agreements are commitment based Microsoft Volume Licensing agreements with a contractual term of 3 years. Enterprise Agreement customers can add Azure to their EA by making an upfront monetary commitment for Azure services. That commitment is consumed throughout the year by using a combination of the wide variety of Microsoft cloud services including Azure and Office 365. This is paid annually in advance with a true up on a quarterly basis for overages. Any unused licenses are still charged based on the commitment. If you are a very large enterprise, the greatest advantage of an EA is having a direct relationship with a Microsoft sales team. Also, EAs offer discounts based on your financial commitment. And while there are many pros to the EA approach, understanding and controlling the cost of consumption can be a challenge for customers within EAs. Personally, I recently took over the management of our EA and can attest that this can be very complicated.
#3 – Cloud Solution Provider (CSP)
When using Microsoft Cloud Services through the Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) program, you work directly with a partner to design and implement a cloud solution that meets your unique needs. Cloud Solution Providers, support all Microsoft Cloud Services (i.e., Azure, Office 365, Enterprise Mobility Suite and Dynamics CRM Online) through a single platform. CSP is similar to the Pay-As-You-Go subscription in that there are no minimum purchases or commitments. Your consumption is invoiced monthly based on actual consumption (either via invoiced PO or credit card, your choice), and you can cancel at anytime. This will significantly simplify your Azure and Office 365 billing process! CSP offers many advantages over Pay-As-You-Go Subscriptions and Enterprise Agreements, and in most cases can be a more cost effective solution.
As a CSP, Coretek helps customers optimize their consumption cost by working with our customers to ensure they have the right Azure server types assigned to their workloads. We also work with customers to shut down services when they are minimally used after business hours. As part of Coretek’s Managed Support, our team provides proactive maintenance to ensure your infrastructure is running in an optimal manor including monitoring and patching of your servers. Coretek’s Azure Management Suite (AMS) Portal enables business users to understand where the cost of their consumption is being utilized. The AMS portal can display real time consumption cost based on department and projects. It also enables business users to understand what Microsoft licenses are being utilized and who they are assigned to in a simple graphical format.
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Understanding Workspace Streaming (SWS)
Symantec Workspace Streaming
Symantec Workspace Streaming is an application streaming solution that enables on-demand application provisioning, offline cache, license recovery and instant application upgrades. Symantec Workspace Streaming increases end user productivity with controlled, guaranteed access to any Windows based applications from any location at any time, including remote and mobile users.
- On-demand application streaming – simplifies OS image management by reducing the number and size of images
- Dynamic license management – proactively insures license compliance by avoiding over-deployment and optimize software costs by re-harvesting licenses when they expire or after a period of disuse
- Single-click application upgrades – upgrade and patch applications quickly and painlessly, or roll back applications to the previous version if required
- Disconnected Usage Capability
- Reduce software license costs
- Simplify Application delivery
- Reduce application support costs/disruption
- Improve utilization of existing hardware and software resources
Symantec Workspace Virtualization
Symantec Workspace Virtualization provides application virtualization that helps reduce application conflicts, testing requirements and support calls. Symantec Workspace Virtualization helps IT organizations improve management and control over endpoints to reduce the total cost of ownership of laptops and desktops.
- Virtual application layers – patented filter driver technology enables virtual layers that are transparent to the base operating system and other applications
- Selective isolation – provides a solution for incompatible Windows 7 apps and insures system and application compatibility under any circumstance
- Endpoint Management integration – Workspace Virtualization is a standard component of Symantec’s Client Management Suite (CMS), Total Management Suite (TMS), Symantec Workspace Streaming (SWS), Software Management Solution
- Eliminate conflicts between applications and base operating system, such as incompatible Windows 7 applications
- Reduce application pre-deployment testing requirements
- Provide instant reset for broken applications
Symantec Corp. announced that it has been positioned by Gartner Inc. in the Leaders Quadrant of the 2010 Magic Quadrant for Endpoint Protection Platforms (EPP).
“Attention to better software management and maintenance is the key to reducing the attack surface and protecting users from social engineering attacks,” notes the Magic Quadrant report, which positions vendors based on their ability to execute and completeness of vision. “Application control, configuration management, and vulnerability detection and remediation are the most effective proactive forms of malware defense. These methods reduce the overall attack surface and neuter the vast majority of threats.”
“As the security landscape rapidly changes, the traditional approaches to security fail to protect against the new sophisticated attacks,” said Art Gilliland, vice president for Symantec Enterprise Security Group. “We believe our position in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Endpoint Protection confirms Symantec’s leadership in the execution and vision for our comprehensive and integrated security solution which delivers the protection and tools required to effectively stop the latest malware attacks.”
Symantec Endpoint Protection integrates antivirus, antispyware, desktop firewall, intrusion prevention, device and application control and optional network access control to deliver unmatched defense against malware for laptops, desktops and servers. It seamlessly integrates essential security technologies in a single agent and management console, increasing protection and helping lower total cost of ownership.
To address the challenges of endpoint security as a result of complex IT infrastructures, virtualized environments and consumerization of IT, Symantec has consistently augmented its endpoint security offering from a technology, efficacy and performance perspective. In a recent series of tests measuring the performance of enterprise and small business endpoint security solutions conducted by PassMark Software, Symantec Endpoint Protection outperformed all competitive products.
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Symantec helps organizations secure and manage their information-driven world with endpoint security, messaging security, web security, data protection and security management solutions.
About the Magic Quadrant
The Magic Quadrants are copyrighted 2010 by Gartner, Inc. and are reused with permission. The Magic Quadrant is a graphical representation of a marketplace at and for a specific time period. It depicts Gartner’s analysis of how certain vendors measure against criteria for that marketplace, as defined by Gartner. Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in the Magic Quadrant, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors placed in the “Leaders” quadrant. The Magic Quadrant is intended solely as a research tool, and is not meant to be a specific guide to action. Gartner disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.
Symantec is a global leader in providing security, storage and systems management solutions to help consumers and organizations secure and manage their information-driven world. Our software and services protect against more risks at more points, more completely and efficiently, enabling confidence wherever information is used or stored. More information is available at www.symantec.com.
» Xen.org, the home of the open source Xen hypervisor, today announced the availability of Xen® Cloud Platform (XCP) 1.0. Developed as part of the Xen Cloud Project introduced in 2009, XCP 1.0 provides a full-featured solution for small and medium size enterprises wanting to build private clouds, as well as open source enthusiasts, universities and researchers wanting to experiment with cloud computing. It represents a shift in enterprise usability for Xen.org, which has traditionally released software as source code only. XCP enables developers to create and “play” with new and innovative technologies and techniques against a mature, stable and scalable virtualization stack.
Facts and Highlights:
- XCP is an open source server virtualization platform in a single, tested installable image that features the Xen hypervisor, network and storage support, a management stack and tools, as well as support for a range of guest operating systems including Windows® and Linux®.
- As a result of the close alignment between the Xen.org and OpenStack communities, XCP 1.0 integrates seamlessly with the OpenStack Bexar release, providing an end-to-end open source software stack covering everything from the bare metal to cloud orchestration software. This integration will significantly help progress the vision of Xen.org and OpenStack to enable widespread ubiquity of virtual and cloud computing.
- XCP 1.0 includes a fully featured, enterprise-class Xen API Management tool stack with features such as disaster recovery support, security, real-time performance monitoring, support for multi-host resource pools, and upgrade and patching capabilities.
- XCP 1.0 provides support for virtual networking capabilities via Open vSwitch and a range of open source GUI management tools.
- The Xen community will also be enabled to test features with XCP 1.0 that could offer future value to enterprise products such as Citrix XenServer® and Citrix OpenCloud.
- Margaret Lewis, Director of Commercial Software Solutions, AMD: “2011 is set to be the year when cloud deployments become even more widespread, and tools like XCP 1.0 will prove critical in developing the mature and secure cloud services of tomorrow. AMD is committed to supporting the open-source Xen Community. The powerful combination of AMD Opteron™ processors, with high core counts and outstanding power efficiency, and the Xen Cloud Platform can enable innovative, end-to-end solutions that deliver the features, scalability and performance that cloud providers require.”
- Andrew Warfield, Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of British Columbia: “XCP gives my students the opportunity to explore interesting new applications of virtualization – things like high-availability, next generation storage, and enhanced software development tools – all against a mature, stable, and scalable virtualization stack. It’s a fantastic resource!”
- Stephen Spector, Community Manager, OpenStack “We are pleased the Xen.org and OpenStack communities are working together to advance open source cloud standards. The OpenStack mission is to build the open standard cloud operating system with broad technology contributions and industry support, and support from the Xen.org community progresses that mission.”
- Dan Kakinoki, President and CEO, VA Linux Japan: “As a Xen.org advisory board member, VA Linux is excited to see XCP 1.0 and the new functionalities it offers. It provides our clients an excellent opportunity and we expect it will continue to be the largest cloud platform. VA Linux continues to deliver high-quality consulting services for the Xen-based cloud technology in Japan.”