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ON-DEMAND WEBINAR | Demystifying Microsoft Cloud Licensing

ON-DEMAND WEBINAR | Demystifying Microsoft Cloud Licensing

Learn how you can best utilize Microsoft's licensing options.

Microsoft licensing confuses many businesses. Often, this lack of understanding causes organizations to license more products than necessary and buy the wrong licensing, resulting in unnecessary spending.

In this special on-demand event, Interlink’s Microsoft licensing guru Matt Scherocman demystifies the confusion around Microsoft Cloud licensing.

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Get a good grasp on Microsoft cloud licensing -- including packaging inclusions, pricing, transitioning, and answer questions like:

  • What are the major packages that Microsoft offers?
  • Which packages are targeted for small businesses?
  • What is this new Microsoft Enterprise 365?
  • What are the "gotchas" when purchasing cloud licensing?
  • How do you purchase a single license and use it again in the cloud?
  • How does using a small business plan to save significant money?
  • Which options are best when transitioning from existing Microsoft licensing?

After viewing this webinar, you’ll have a firm understanding of:

  • New licensing bundle options
  • Azure licensing, options and scenarios
  • The official sources of Microsoft licensing rules
  • Obtaining Windows server licensing for free when licensing the security bundle
  • Hybrid licensing scenarios and cost savings

If you have ANY questions about Microsoft licensing, this is one webinar, you’ll wamt to watch.

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Matt Scherocman

Matt is a Certified Expert in Microsoft licensing and is commonly known as the “Microsoft Licensing Guru.”

By sharing his knowledge, Matt has helped (and continues to help) hundreds of organizations save money and time by choosing the right licensing options for their business. As a former Microsoft employee, Matt was responsible for Microsoft’s largest licensing reseller accounts across four states.

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Mike Wilson

ON-DEMAND WEBINAR | Azure Data Center: Understanding the Real Costs & ROI

ON-DEMAND WEBINAR | Azure Data Center: Understanding the Real Costs & ROI

On-Demand Webinar & Slides

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 Azure Datacenter On Demand Webinar playConfused (or curious) on how to determine the true cost of moving your data center workloads to the cloud?

In this on-demand event, Microsoft and Interlink Cloud Advisors walk you through our key methodology for evaluating which workloads you should move, their dependencies, and how to price out workloads for Azure.

During this online event, we'll review what is possible with Azure, where other clients are finding positive ROI after their move to the cloud, and:

  • Pricing scenarios, major options, and creating accurate estimates
  • Determining ROI factors
  • Moving to the cloud when you have physical hardware that you need to maintain
  • Cloud vs On-Premises
  • Leveraging Microsoft Funding: How to leverage Microsoft paid for assessments and proof of concepts

Register now to instantly watch this information-packed webinar and download the slide deck.


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Mike Wilson

Vice President + Managing Consultant
Interlink Cloud Advisiors

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ON-DEMAND WEBINAR | Understanding Skype for Business – A Deep Dive into Voice in the Cloud

ON-DEMAND WEBINAR | Understanding Skype for Business – A Deep Dive into Voice in the Cloud

On-Demand Webinar & Slides

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The all-new Skype Voice is more than just video calls and IMs…

From improved online meeting experiences to global scale PTSN conferencing and live multi-region meeting broadcasts, Microsoft has launched an affordable, complete meeting and call management solution - Skype for Business Voice.

With recent updates and forecasted functionality releases, there are many questions around what solution features are ready and which ones are still coming.

In this on-demand event, Microsoft and Microsoft Cloud Consumption Partner of the Year, Interlink Cloud Advisors, helps answer your questions and gives you a full overview of Voice in the Cloud, including:

  • Functionality and roadmaps of what is coming
  • Deployment options and scenarios
  • Hybrid deployment options - use existing telephony connections
  • Introduction into online meetings
  • New video conferencing hardware available
  • Meeting broadcast capabilities
  • Mobile functionality

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Skype Voice - management console, mobile clients, video conferencing


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Aaron Seals

Aaron is a Microsoft certified Skype Voice Consultant and has lead the implementation of Skype Projects for customers in a wide range of industries and geographic scenarios.

 

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Top 5 Benefits of Microsoft Azure SQL Database

Top 5 Benefits of Microsoft Azure SQL Database

The question of whether or not to put your business data in the cloud is getting easier and easier these days and a lot of that is thanks to Microsoft’s investment in Microsoft Azure. Their strategy to create an infrastructure, like Microsoft Azure SQL Database, that can manage big data (as big as petabyte-scale) and everything on down from that is working and it’s working well.

The advancements made in SQL Database are making it more and more possible businesses of all sizes to save money and scale up or down efficiently. Below are the top five benefits that companies are realizing with SQL Database as their database service:

1) Scalability and Beyond

First of all, flexible service plans for SQL Database meet the needs of both big and small business users. SQL is no longer way out of reach for smaller operations because the pricing structure allows users to pay as little as $4.99 per database per month with a maximum storage set at 150 GB per database. That’s a lot of space for very little cost.

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2) High Speed and Minimal Down Time

High availability architectures mean high speed connectivity and data retrieval as well as low down time at your organization. There’s nothing worse than stopping business because your technology can’t keep up, but that is no longer a problem with SQL Database.

Secondly, companies can add application instances as needed through sharding, for example. Sharding is a type of database partitioning that separates very large databases into smaller, faster, more easily managed parts called data shards. Not only can you spin nodes up and down on demand, you can leverage a federation infrastructure to scale more easily without affecting other areas of the server. SQL Azure Federation Data Migration Wizardcan even further automate this process, which impacts your organization and the employees much less.

Lastly, there are multiple levels of implementation that you can benefit from. If you just need a website and a database, you can hitch a SQL Azure instance to an Azure website and you’re done! If you need a full-blownvirtual machine(VM) now or even down the road, you can get that as well. You can even use a locally deployed instance of SQL Server in the VM instead of SQL Azure. These implementation options help make your company more adaptable to the inevitable changes it undergoes on a regular basis. With SQL Azure, you’re not stuck. You’re on a foundation that encourages growth while working with it!

3) Improved Usability

SQL developers are familiar with all things SQL and SQL Database can be updated with SQLCMD or the SQL Server Management Studio. Better yet, there’s no coding required! Using standard SQL, it’s much easier to manage database systems without having to write or update a huge amount of code.

4) Time Is On Your Side

With no administrative duties on your physical location, employees can take time for strategic work to advance and grow all-around business success. When your database is hosted in the cloud, you don’t have to deal with setting up SQL Server, apportioning databases, and dealing with physical machine maintenance and upkeep. All of this results in better alignment of your organization and ultimately more time on your side.

5) Easy-to-Use Migration Tools

Ramp up time with SQL Database is now easier than ever and free! SQL Data Sync allows you to either sync your SQL Server-stored data or migrate the data without having to worry about the costs to migrate by syncing gigabyte-sized tables.

Take into account all that SQL Azure has to offer and contact us at Interlink if you have any questions. 

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Sarah Bunt

Microsoft Delivers Long-Awaited Office 365 E5

Article originally published on crn.com/news by Joeseph Tsidulko - December 01, 2015

Office 365 e5

Recently, Microsoft released the latest and greatest enterprise edition of its Office 365 cloud-based productivity suite, promising partners that the product's added capabilities would create entirely new opportunities for them to drive business.

E5, the long-anticipated release of the enterprise-grade version of the world's leading office productivity and collaboration SaaS suite, introduces first-time functionality into Office 365, including cloud-based calling and web-conferencing, security and compliance features and an eDiscovery tool.

While partners were expecting most of the new capabilities -- Microsoft discussed the product extensively in July at its Worldwide Partner Conference and has been briefing partners since — the channel finally got a look at how E5 would be packaged and priced.

[Related: Equinix Cloud Exchange Debuts Direct Access To Office 365 Through Microsoft ExpressRoute]

Phil Sorgen, Microsoft's corporate vice president of its Worldwide Partner Group, told partners in a blog post that "the new Office 365 unlocks a whole new suite of capabilities for our customers, and a whole new opportunity for our partners."

Those innovative tools will be available as standalone features, or as the Office 365 Enterprise E5 package, said Microsoft's channel chief.

"For partners, this means one thing – opportunity," Sorgen blogged. "There are a few specific ways you can maximize this opportunity with new and existing customers."

Among them, partners can upsell to existing customers the web-conferencing and cloud-based communications tools. Or they can leverage the security, analytics, insights and compliance features to win new customers, Sorgen said.

Ric Opal, vice president of Peters & Associates, a Microsoft partner based in Oakbrook Terrace, Ill., told CRN that partners must now start thinking about how to capitalize on Microsoft's innovations.

"We have to figure out how we're going to leverage the new features Microsoft released in E5 and differentiate ourselves," Opal said.

Those capabilities are raw ingredients that partners must use to carve out their own positions in the market and drive healthy margins, he said.

"The true trick is figuring out from all the stuff they dropped how to weave your value proposition around their innovation," Opal told CRN.

Matt Scherocman, president of Interlink Cloud Advisors, a Microsoft partner based in Cincinnati, said E5 is a major upgrade, not just a gradual evolution, of the enterprise product.

"If you look at what they added, like end-user and organizational analytics, that stuff wasn't in [the edition] before this one," Scherocman told CRN. "It's cool that it’s a whole separate product. The cloud-based phone functionality didn't exist before, and now it's in E5."

While partners who sell on-premises phone systems might not see that as much of a benefit, for "those who don't, it’s a natural add-on that we can start selling as a package," Scherocman said.

"The key here is that Microsoft continues to innovate the platform," he told CRN.

The two most-surprising elements of E5, Scherocman said, are the enhanced eDiscovery capabilities, which help customers prioritize the most-relevant documents they query; and the ability to open e-mail attachments securely in a virtual machine, making sure the attachments and links are safe.

"I think it will help get rid of a lot of malware and issues that people have with their PCs," Scherocman told CRN.

Sorgen encouraged Microsoft's partners to team with their peers who specialize in such areas as security, eDiscovery, business intelligence and communications and take on joint engagements to expand their practices.

"This is perhaps our best opportunity yet to convince customers that the benefits of the cloud far outweigh the risks," Sorgen said.

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