Leveraging Microsoft’s deep pockets and Financing division can save your IT budget and allow you to continue to provide mobile productivity and secure access for your entire organization. If your Enterprise Agreement (EA) is coming up for renewal in the next six months, we will likely be in an economic downturn and IT turmoil.
Back in the financial downturn in 2008, the cloud and Office 365 were not in the market, and both customers and Microsoft had to come up with creative ways to fund Enterprise Agreement renewals. This creativity and lessons learned will likely apply to many organizations over the coming months leading up to Microsoft’s year end (June 30).
Things are a little different now with the cloud subscription model. In the past, if your EA became unaffordable, you could just choose not to renew it and you still owned the licenses and could continue to use the products. Now, with the subscription model, if you don’t renew or don’t pay, you can’t use the cloud products that you’ve deployed across the organization. This is a daunting concern for IT managers as they look ahead into uncertain times.
Microsoft, like all enterprise software companies, needs to maintain its cloud revenue streams through poor economic conditions. Like in 2008-2010, Microsoft will be open to various renewal and financing options to allow customers to continue to use and deploy cloud offerings. If you are struggling with budget issues and uncertainty with your EA or other agreement renewal, there are several options available through Microsoft to consider as you work through your renewal. Work with Microsoft and your reseller to stretch out payments with longer agreement terms, the Extend Payment Term amendment, or financing for monthly or quarterly payments.
Microsoft needs and wants your business. Renewing or struggling customers need to talk to Microsoft and work with them on how to lesson the financial burden of their agreement payments for the near and mid term to allow them to get through these challenging times. Deployment and payment flexibility are key to getting though these tough times, and Microsoft has several options that can help your IT budget. You need to ask for them and be strong on your position, as some are negotiable and some can be relationship based.
COVID-19 has forced software companies and their suppliers to refocus efforts around prioritizing systems and workflows that are nearly 100% digital in nature. As a result, Info-Tech has observed the quick emergence of six market themes that are highly relevant post COVID-19. This note series will profile key vendors and how they fit into the post-COVID-19 world.
COVID-19 has forced software companies and their suppliers to refocus efforts around prioritizing systems and workflows that are nearly 100% digital in nature. As a result, Info-Tech has observed the quick emergence of six market themes that are highly relevant after COVID-19. This note series will profile key vendors and how they fit into the post-COVID-19 world.
Oracle has announced the general availability of Exadata Cloud@Customer, a managed service that enables enterprises to unlock the previously cloud-first features of Oracle's Autonomous Database for on-premises data centers. This offering is ideal for enterprises that must conform with regulatory and/or technical challenges that force on-premises database residency.
Experiencing issues when using Microsoft online services? You are not alone. Capacity constraints were being hit, pre-COVID-19, and usage has surged in regions with enforced social distancing.
Google has announced a premium support plan for its cloud customers, promising a 15-minute response to the highest severity tickets. Google’s cloud has long struggled with enterprise customers – especially when compared to giants Microsoft and AWS – and this announcement is the latest incarnation of Google’s push to better serve a critical constituency.
In January, Microsoft announced what it’s calling “the largest expansion of its Canadian-based cloud computing infrastructure” since 2016. Additional availability zones and services will increase capacity for cloud-hungry Canadians, and the addition of an Azure ExpressRoute site in Vancouver will guarantee security and performance in a regulated jurisdiction.
Microsoft’s announcement that server-side encryption with customer managed keys for Azure Managed Disks is now available is welcome news for security-minded public cloud customers. Managing one’s own keys in a cloud environment can be an important step in complying with regulatory requirements, and this new feature should open Azure Managed Disks to a wider group of customers who may have held back for this reason.
Amazon Web Services (AWS) has provided its customers with better options for Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) ingress routing. Customers will have to consider which works best for their needs.
AWS VPC Traffic Mirroring gives customers more visibility for out-of-band traffic inspection. This feature is another useful tool for monitoring in the AWS cloud.