Microsoft price increase

Microsoft price increase

Many partners of Microsoft are not surprised by the vendor’s choice to raise their prices, some have claimed that they been warning customers about possible price increases, since the vote to leave the EU had taken place.

Microsoft announced the prices raising on their blog, by saying that the UK cloud enterprises prices will be increased by 22% from the 1st January, also on-premise prices will increase by 13%. All of this is due to decreasing value of the sterling, which has decreased by 18% since June 2016.

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According to Mike Bacon a Managing Director of a partner company of Microsoft, the rise will have a limited amount of impact on the VAR, this is because the increases were expected.

He explained “Microsoft have held back for longer than some of the other US vendors.”

Mr Bacon also added “It makes no difference to us because we have been telling customers for six to eight weeks to expect prices to increase everywhere. We have been telling them that where they have committed to buy, they should bring it forward if they can.”

Michael Cornford from Data Driven Systems, has echoed the opinion although he argued that the price increase is far higher than it needs to be.

“It doesn’t surprise me because it happens quite regularly, I think that the price rises are way over inflation and the Brexit issues. Sterling has fallen 18% for now, but I doubt that when it comes back Microsoft are going to lower their prices” He said.

This is the latest in a string of prices rises following Brexit, which includes HP who have increased prices by 10% and Dell who have been rising prices by 8% to 9%.

Microsoft’s announcement has seen their cloud prices rising by 9% more than their on-premise solutions. Mr Cornford has said this could be due to the cloud being more low-cost model.

“Cloud is quite a low-cost model so to make a difference you need to increase it quite a bit. It doesn’t surprise me that one outstrips the other” he explained.

To conclude, for business customers the changes will not affect any existing orders under annuity volume licensing agreements for the products that are subject to price protection. Although the prices for the new product additions under such volume licensing agreements and the purchases under new contracts will be as defined by the pricelist at the time of the order. The pricing change will not apply to consumer’s software or consumer cloud services.

Microsoft, just one of the casualties of Brexit and the dropping of the sterling.


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Microsoft Windows Server 2016

Microsoft Windows Server 2016

The cloud has put new demands on your business to make changes faster in order to compete effectively. As a business you have decisions to make every day, about how to balance the traditional IT responsibilities with cloud innovation. Although at the same time, your business may face an increase in security threats from the outside and within. Because of these reasons and more, businesses are starting to adopt cloud computing at different rates.

Windows Server 2016 is a cloud-reading Operating System which will be seen to support your current workloads while introducing you to new technologies which should make it easy to transition to the cloud computing when you are ready. It would look to help deliver powerful new layers of security along with azure-inspired innovation for the applications and the infrastructures that powers your business.

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Add layers of security

For IT Organisation, security is consistently rated as a top priority. There have been many companies in the news for security breaches and failing to protect their employees and customer’s personal information.

The operating system lives and works at the strategic layer in your environment, which makes it an ideal location to introduce the new capabilities for security and control.

Windows Server 2016 will give you the new capabilities to prevent attacks and detect any suspicious activity with features to control privilege access, protect the virtual machines and harden the platform against any enemy threats.

Evolve your infrastructure

The Windows Server 2016 delivers the capabilities to help you create a more flexible and cost-effective datacentre by using a software-defined compute, storage and network virtualisation features which are inspired by Azure.

Resilient compute

Run your datacentre with a highly automated resilient, virtualised server operating system.

  • To reduce your datacentre footprint, increase the availability and reduce the resources usage with “just enough OS” by using the Nano Server deployment option, which has an image that is 25x smaller than Windows Server 2016 with the full desktop experience.
  • Upgrade the infrastructure clusters to Windows Server 2016 with zero downtime for your workload and without needing to require new hardware, using the mixed-mode cluster upgrade.
  • Increase the application availability with the improved cluster resiliency to short-termed failures in the network and storage.
  • Automated server management with the PowerShell 5.0 and desired state configuration.
  • Be able to manage the Windows Servers from anywhere using the new web-based GUI – the Server management tools – which are especially useful for managing the headless deployment of options such as Nano Server.
  • You can deploy applications on the multiple operating systems with the best-in-class support for Linux on the Hyper-V.


Reduce cost storage

Windows Server 2016 will include expanded capabilities in the software-defined storage with an emphasis on resilience, reduced the costs and increased the control.

  • Build a highly available and scalable software-defined storage solution which is at a fraction of the cost for the SAN or NAS. The storage spaces direct use the standard servers with local storage to create converged or hyper-converged storage architectures.
  • To create affordable business continuity and the disaster recovery among datacentres with a storage replica synchronous storage replication.
  • Ensure that the application users have priority access to the storage resources by using the quality-of-services features.

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Cloud-inspired networking

The Windows Server 2016 delivers key networking features which are used in the Azure datacentres to help support the agility and availability in your datacentre.

  • Be able to deploy and manage the workloads across their entire lifecycle with the hundreds of networking policy (for example; isolations, Qos, security, switching, routing, DNS, load balancing, gateway, etc.) in a matter of a few seconds using the scalable network controller.
  • Dynamically segment your businesses network based on the workload needs to be using a distributed firewall and network security groups, to apply rich policies within and across the segments. Layer enforcement by routing the traffic to virtualised firewall appliances for an even greater levels of security.
  • Take control of your hybrid workloads, which includes running them in containers and then moving them across server, racks, and clouds by using standard-based VXLAN and NVGRE overlay networks and the multi-tenanted hybrid gateways.
  • You can optimise your cost/performance ratio when you converge RDMA and the tenant traffic on the same teamed NICs, will drive down the cost while providing the performance at 40G and beyond.

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Support applications innovation

Windows Server 2016 will deliver new ways to deploy and run your applications, whether it is on the premises or in the Microsoft Azure by using capabilities such as Windows containers and the light weight Nano Server deployment option.

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Windows Server 2016 editions

  • Windows Server 2016 Datacentre – This is for the highly virtualised datacentre and the cloud environments.
  • Windows Server 2016 Standard – This edition is for physical or minimally virtualised environments.
  • Windows Server 2016 Essentials – This edition will be for the small businesses with up to 25 users and about 50 devices.

Azure Hybrid use benefit

When your company is ready to make the transition with your workload to the public cloud, you will be able to leverage your existing investment in the Windows Server.

The Azure Hybrid use benefit will let you bring your on-premises Windows server licence with software assurance to Azure. Rather than paying full price for a new Windows Server virtual machine, you will only be paying the base compute rate.

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HP to release: HP Elite x3

HP to release: HP Elite x3

HP are pleased to announce the availability of the HP Elite x3 with Windows 10 mobile. It is an evolution in the world of mobile computing to address an evolution in the workplace.

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The definition of workplace has changed for many employees. It is no longer an office to where you commute too everyday but wherever you happen to be. Employees want the technology to be simple to use, which will let them do their best work from almost any location.

“There is a massive shift towards mobility in the workplace and the convergence of mobility and computing will accelerate business productivity, work is less of a place that you go to and more of a thing that you do anywhere and anytime.” Said Dion Weisler, president and CEO for HP Inc.

 “HP is reinventing mobility so our customers can keep reinventing how they operate, ideate and create what matters to them.”

HP Elite x3 is the world’s first 3-in-1 handheld device which has been built for business, that combines the power and productivity of a PC, the capabilities of a premium smartphone and the portability of a tablet. This is one device which covers it all.hp elite x3

“The Elite x3 is something grander than a mobile phone or a tablet this is the next generation of computing designed specifically for business. This is the future of computing.” Explained by Dion Weisler.

The HP Elite x3 and Windows continuum, means mobile professionals like sales reps can stay away from the hassle of switching devices. They can start a task on the go and then finish the task once they are back at their desks without having to save, sync or restart.

“We think that the Elite x3 is the next generation of what computing will be because in the world we live in everyone is mobile, it’s a working device for the needs of the commercial business users and it takes the ability to move from business level PC performance to mobile base productivity in a way that has never been done before because this is not just a phone it’s really a next generation computing device.” Said by Michael Park, Vice President for commercial mobility and software at HP Inc.

You can dock your HP Elite x3, so that you can work with a larger display, keyboard and a mouse for your convenience.hp elite x3

“You have got the power of the PC literally in your pocket and with the accessories we have designed, you can bring it to any place that you work in the office in the desktop world, with a laptop in a mobile environment with all the flexibility of having everything you need from one device and that’s great for the end user, it’s also great for IT. We think the Elite x3 is going to transform the way lots of people working.” Explained by Michael Park.

For an IT business, like ServerLink, the HP Elite x3 offers a windows alternative that spans across desktop and mobile employees, and leverages the It’s familiarity with Microsoft technology. Deployed to all or a section of employees, this is a solution that can reduce the device and operating system footprint to gain better return on the IT investment.

The HP Elite x3 incorporates enterprises grade on three different levels:

  1. Qualcomm security layer from the silicon up
  2. Microsoft security at the operating system level
  3. Dual bio metrics which is Iris scanner and fingerprint reader

Unlike the common smartphones, the HP Elite x3 was built for business and is engineered to endure. HP Elite x3 is water resistant and dust resistant. With its dual SIM for option of a roaming SIM for when you are traveling. The processor in the HP Elite x3 is the Qualcomm Snap dragon 820 (2.15gb, 4 cores).

“Business users are constantly on the move and they need their mobile devices to keep up and handle the work load, rather than slowing them down and since they are pushing their devices hard they need something much more power efficient so that they will last as long as they do. Snap dragon 820 is ideal for business users because it addresses the security and the usability expectations of the enterprise.” Explained by Steve Mallenkopf, CEO of Qualcomm Inc.snapdragon processor from qualcomm

“We have a strong relationship with HP that’s the result of many years of working together to provide the best possible performance and experience for their user’s collaboration on the HP Elite x3 is more of a manifestation of shared vision of bringing PC like performance and experience to HP’s mobile consumer.”

The HP Elite x3 has seamless productivity, when it is docked it uses Microsoft continuum to be able to enable your employees to start a task on the go and then to finish it once they are at their desk without saving, syncing or restarting and you will be able to work with a larger display, keyboard and mouse. It removes all the problems of switching between devices.

Using the HP Elite x3 you can virtualise business critical windows x64 and x86 apps which you can rely on to get the job completed. A service from HP which is available, offers IT Companies like ServerLink, an easy alternative for deploying and managing corporate licensed apps and which includes analytics.

“HP and Microsoft work together every day to delight customers around the world with HP’s incredible hardware and Windows 10. The new HP Elite x3 brings to life a vision for the future of computing where continuum enables true mobility of experience in your phone can give the full power of your PC when you dock to that larger screen you are fully productive with continuum as part of Windows 10 on the HP Elite x3 together HP and Microsoft are really building Windows 10 for business offering our customers security and manageability power performance everything they need to run their business. We are so excited and proud to now have the HP Elite x3 as part of our productivity.”   Discussed by Terry Myerson, Executive Vice President at Microsoft.

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