cloud

Should You Purchase Office 365 & Azure Subscriptions through a Microsoft EA or a Microsoft CSP Program?

By Wendy McQuiston, Director, Microsoft Professional Services, Logicalis US

In July of 2016, Microsoft announced that small- to mid-size customers with less than 500 seats would no longer be eligible to purchase a Microsoft Enterprise Agreement (EA).  The goal was to enable newly created Microsoft Cloud Solution Providers (CSPs)  to fully service these organizations from both a product or subscription perspective as well as the support perspective that would formerly have been provided through Software Assurance Benefits in the EA.  The CSP program, however, isn’t just for small- to mid-size organizations any longer.

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Advanced Threats Need a Next-Generation Approach to Cloud Security

By Jason Malacko

Let’s face it. Traditional security methods just aren’t up to the task of protecting organizational infrastructures and data from theft and ransomware. That’s a huge problem, because as organizations increasingly embrace a number of cloud-first platforms for everything from customer relationship management (CRM) to marketing automation platforms (MAP) to enterprise resource planning (ERP) platforms and beyond, they are increasingly at risk from malware and cybercrime that is more advanced and harder to thwart.

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Can On-Prem Capacity Be a Metered, OpEx Expense Like It Is in the Cloud?

By Brett Anderson, Senior Director, HPE Solutions, Logicalis US

While workloads are definitely moving to the cloud and the desire for that kind of consumption-based model is fueling the pace, the need for hybrid and on-premise infrastructure is still very real. As a result, if your workloads are better suited to hybrid or on-premise environments, you may want to re-examine how you’re managing your on-prem resources with the expectation that you can achieve the same kind of financial and capacity flexibility that a public cloud has to offer.

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Do You Need a Professional Consultant?

By Ed Konopasek, Vice President, Managed Solutions, Logicalis US

A better question for the headline on this blog post might have been, “What’s your cloud strategy?” because that’s the way most of our consulting engagements begin.

That’s because the cloud is central to an important change taking place in IT departments around the globe today – a shift from fixed, premise-based, capex IT investments to an entirely new mindset leveraging the tenets of the third platform – cloud, social, mobile and analytics – to satisfy digital acceleration in the enterprise and deliver the kind of user experience (UX) an increasingly tech-savvy workforce demands.

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CIOs: The IT World You Live in is About to Change

By Jim Cook, Vice President, Services Sales, Logicalis US

Research shows the millennial generation is now America’s largest living generation.  As millennials make their presence known in both the consumer world and in the workplace, they are dramatically impacting the way communication takes place.  These are people who have grown up with a mobile device in their hands.  They are accustomed to a consumer-like experience even when using business communications and computing tools. They are a generation of people who are inherently comfortable with technology and have a high expectation for how it will perform. As a result, the IT world experienced CIOs live in today is about to change.

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