Most people are aware that Windows Server 2003 is coming to the End of
Support (EOS) on July 14th 2015. This means enterprises are more or less
forced to stop running applications on the WS2003 Operating System, migrate
them to a newer OS or replace them. EOS dramatically changes the solid
"run-your-business operating platform" to one where there will be no security
patches, no compliance and escalating costs. There are few events that open
up such large security concerns, throw compliance out the window and have a
greater than million dollar price tag all at the same time.
In one of the Microsoft sessions at the recent World Wide Partner Conference
(WPC), they revealed that there are 22 million machines still running Windows
Server 2003. They estimate that 53% of them are physical, likely running on
old hardware providing a big hardware refresh opportunity as wel... (more)
2014 State of Readiness for Windows 2003 End of Support: Poll Results
Most IT administrators are painfully aware that Windows Server 2003 will
reach the end of extended support in July 2015. This is a big deal because
Windows Server 2003 has been a monster success since it was released 11 years
ago. From 2003 to 2010 this platform was the workhorse for applications
deployed at both small businesses and large enterprises. And, even though
Microsoft released a major update with Windows 2008, late in 2008, most
enterprises stuck with Windows 2003 until Windows Server 2008 R2 launche... (more)
Editor's note: An abridged version of this post ran last week on
the Gigaom blog.
With an ear to the ground and an eye on the sky, Gigaom's Barb Darrow
chronicles the competitive factors shaping the bumpy journey that is cloud
computing among the superpowers (AWS in fight of its life as customers like
Dropbox ponder hybrid clouds and Google pricing). Wherever you stand on the
debate over which cloud giant will reign supreme, it's clear the economic
forces shaping the market are evolving quickly.
Now comes new cloud computing data based on Total Cost of Infrastructure
(TCOI) pr... (more)
AppZero has announced that Wragby Business Solutions & Technologies Limited,
a Microsoft cloud partner in Nigeria, has joined the AppZero Partner Program
as a Gold Partner for Nigeria and the rest of West Africa. Through the
partner program, AppZero collaborates with system integrators, service
providers and resellers to support enterprise application migrations to and
across datacenters and clouds.
The Partner Program is the foundation of AppZero's worldwide channel strategy
to ensure comprehensive global coverage of its award-winning application
migration software in the run-u... (more)
Cloud providers Google, AWS and Microsoft are doing some spring-cleaning -
out with the old, in with the new - when it comes to pricing services.
With the latest cuts, here's a news flash: There's a new business model
driving cloud that is every bit as exponential in growth -- with order of
magnitude improvements to pricing -- as Moore's Law has been to computing.
Let's call it "Bezos' Law," and go straight to the math
Bezos' law is the observation that, over the history of cloud, a unit of
computing power price is reduced by 50% approximately every 3 years
If Bezos' law reflects ... (more)