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Microsoft EMS Case Study: Interlink sets G&J Pepsi Sets Free to Innovate, Collaborate and Grow

Microsoft EMS Case Study: Interlink sets G&J Pepsi Sets Free to Innovate, Collaborate and Grow

G&J Pepsi Cola is the largest family-owned and operated Pepsi franchise bottler in the United States. Over 1,000 of their 1,600 employees are made up of deskless workers, including drivers, salespeople, and merchandisers. Not yet utilizing mobile devices, this sizable workforce did their job based on paper marching orders each morning. Over time, these paper instructions became hefty books that field people lugged around and rummaged for information.

hybrid Use Benefit quoteRealizing the need for change, G&J transitioned from paper to electronic documents and outfitted its deskless workforce with Android smartphones. The move created hundreds of new, unsecure and unoptimized mobile endpoints.

hybrid Use Benefit case study

Here’s just a couple of ways Interlink used the full value of Microsoft enterprise cloud products to meet G&J’s business challenge.

  • Secured the Digital Link with Microsoft EMS
    Using Microsoft Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS), Interlink quickly secured 1,200 smartphones and tablets.

    With the mobile devices secure, G&J corporate offices, distribution centers, and field employees can now communicate and collaborate without having to worry about endpoint security. Management is free to share sensitive data in real time with other business units, decreasing data availability downtime while increasing efficiency of response to changes in operations.
  • Extended Microsoft EMS with Azure Active Directory Premium
    G&J uses several different applications across their IT infrastructure, all deployed with the challenge of needing to be secure and easily accessible. Using Azure Active Directory Premium, Interlink streamlined the management of these applications and improved the secure accessibility of multiple applications.

    By using a cloud-based single-sign-on (SSO), G&J consolidates application management and usage into one simple process. IT no longer needs to spend time and resources configuring multiple sets of credentials, and field employees never need to be concerned about not having access to their suite of third-party applications.

Read the full case study and see how Interlink met G&J Pepsi’s business mobility challenges with Interlink and Microsoft EMS.

hybrid Use Benefit case study

Contact us to show you how we can improve your collaboration, security, and mobility with Microsoft EMS too.  

Matt Scherocman

Microsoft Rights Management – Three Different Options to Best Fit Your Information Needs And Budget

Microsoft Rights Management – Three Different Options to Best Fit Your Information Needs And Budget

Microsoft has three different levels of functionality around controlling access to critical intellectual property with rights management. 

Here is a quick summary of Microsoft's Rights Management offerings:

1) Rights Management Service for Office 365

Included in the E3 Service

  • Protects content that is stored in Office 365 and connector for on premises SharePoint and Exchange
  • Encryption for Office and PDF files

2) Azure Information Protection Premium Plan 1

Included in the licensing packages of EMS E3, and SPE E3*

  • Manual classification of documents needed to be protected
  • Protection for content stored on a Windows File Server
  • Ability to track and revoke access to a document

3) Azure Information Protection Premium Plan 2

Included in the licensing packages of EMS E5 and SPE E5*

  • Everything in Plan 1
  • Automatic classification of documents needed to be protected
  • Hold your own key for encryption

Summary Chart:

microsoft Rights Managed

 What do the acronyms stand for?

Need help deciding which package is best for your needs? 
We are here to help!  Contact us today.  

Matt Scherocman

Free Windows Licensing for Azure: How to Get It with Windows Hybrid Use Benefit

Free Windows Licensing for Azure: How to Get It with Windows Hybrid Use Benefit

What is Windows Hybrid Use Benefit?

Microsoft has a relatively unknown benefit called Hybrid Use Benefit (HUB). If you already own Windows Servers with Software Assurance, you can use it to run workloads in Azure on Windows without paying for Windows in Azure. For those that license Windows Servers utilizing the Data Center version, you can continue to use that Windows Server to run on-premises workloads, as well as different workloads in Azure with the same license. This allows you to double the functionality of each Windows Server Data Center license! 

A few important facts:

  • Both versions of Windows Server - Standard and Datacenter -  license with Software Assurance are eligible for the Hybrid Use Benefit

    Hybrid Use Benefit entitlements

  • A Windows Server Standard Edition license cannot be used simultaneously in on-premises deployments while utilizing Hybrid Use Benefit in Azure
  • Windows Server Datacenter licenses can utilize the Hybrid Use Benefit and continue to be deployed in parallel on-premises
  • All uses of HUB must be done by importing a customer’s image file into Azure

For Azure deployments of HUB, each eligible license has an entitlement to run Windows Server VM’s at the lower non-Windows VM rates. Through leveraging HUB, some deployments in Azure can offer end-customers a savings up to 50%.  

Hybrid Use Benefit Sample - Full Time

Example scenario with customer running two D2v2 VMs using the Hybrid Use Benefit.

Hybrid Use Benefit savings sample

*EA Level D in USD, US East 2; full-time usage on demand
**Second Azure instance is included with Windows Server Standard Edition Software Assurance, EA level A

 If you want to learn more about how Azure has leveraged this benefit, please follow these links:

We look forward to explaining more about this benefit, and how it can save you money with your existing investments in Microsoft infrastructure.  Contact Interlink today!  

Sarah Bunt

Webinar on 12.15 | Understanding the Power of Microsoft’s Enterprise Mobility + Security Suite

Webinar on 12.15 | Understanding the Power of Microsoft’s Enterprise Mobility + Security Suite

Join us on December 15, 2016 @ 10:00 AM EST


Securing productivity, collaboration and enterprise data is critically important as companies digitally transform. In response, Microsoft has expanded their security solutions and renamed the Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS) to Microsoft Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS) to more accurately communicate its value.

On December 15th, Microsoft and Microsoft Gold Certified EMS Partner, Interlink Cloud Advisors will demonstrate the increased functionality of EMS and show you how it can add a tighter level of security to your environment.

save me seat EMS E5 webinar

During this online event, we’ll also review what’s new and demonstrate how EMS E5 functionality allows users to:

  • Automatically classify information to better protect intellectual property with Azure Information Protection
  • Drive security policies and reporting across Microsoft and non-Microsoft cloud services with Cloud App Security
  • Utilize the most advanced identity management protection yet with Azure AD Premium Plan 2

In addition, we’ll provide an in-depth licensing overview and comparison of EMS E5 vs. EMS E3 features and functionality.

Register today to learn more about the benefits of Microsoft’s all-new Enterprise Mobility + Security Suite. Plus, we’ll show you how you can leverage Microsoft paid assessments and proof of concepts to see if it is the right solution for your business!


PRESENTERS

Eric Inch

Eric Inch

Eric Inch is a Technical Solutions Specialist - Mobility & Security for the Microsoft Corporation. He is responsible for helping clients deploy the EMS offering across their corporate account base.

Eric Brophy

Eric Brophy

Eric Brophy is a Senior Consultant for Interlink who has helped more than a hundred clients migrate their workloads to the cloud.  He is badged by Microsoft and certified in their cloud technologies.

 

 

Mike Wilson

Archiving Data in Azure Just Got Way More Affordable with Azure Blob Storage

Archiving Data in Azure Just Got Way More Affordable with Azure Blob Storage

Azure Blob storage, which is the ability for Azure to store all your unstructured data, now has an offer which provides a low cost to store archival and less used information. The cost of the first 100 Terabytes for local redundant storage is only 1 penny per month. Holy cow!   

Azure Blob storage is divided into two tiers - hot and cold.


Hot Tier

The hot tier stores the data you access and rely on the most. Hot storage has a higher storage cost but much lower access and transactional costs.

Cold Tier

The cold storage tier is the opposite: data you don’t access frequently that costs less to store but more to access. Azure Blob also gives you complete control over your data needs and storage priorities, allowing you to change your blobs of data from hot to cold (and vice versa) all within your Azure environment.

The best thing about Blob Storage in Azure is that the temperature of your data doesn’t impact access performance. There’s an insignificant difference (milliseconds) between data performance on hot and cold tiers. So, when you find yourself in a situation where cold data has suddenly become hot, you won’t face any delay in accessing the cold data like Azure’s major competitor. And like everything in Azure, the security, scalability, and durability of data operations doesn’t change between data temperatures.

With Azure Blob Storage, the focus is on optimizing your data, not the processes required to use the data effectively.

The business case for Azure Cloud Storage is strong.


Want more?

Below is a short video - Get started with Azure Storage that coveres how to get started using Azure Storage services including blobs, tables, files, and queues from Windows and Linux.

Click Here to learn more about the costs around Azure Hot and Cool Storage and contact us for the best advice on how to build your workloads in Azure including setting up new blobs.

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