No one should sell Exchange online Plan 1 or SharePoint Online Plan 1 to their customer

One of the most popular Office 365 plans that many partners are selling is Exchange Online Plan 1.   For just US$4/AU$5.60 per user per month, customers get 50GB of secure and reliable business-class mailbox, web-based access and outlook client on mobile devices, anti-malware, anti-spam protection etc. The best part is that partners and customers…

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Azure News - Week 2

Azure Active Directory Domain Services to add new, higher-priced tier Pricing | Azure Active Directory Domain Services webpage Starting January 1, 2017, Azure Active Directory Domain Services will introduce a high-level tier for directories with 100,000–500,000 objects. Usage will show on your bill under “S3 Domain Services (Hours).” Currently, Azure Active Directory Domain Services has…

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Citrix NetScaler Series - Part 9: Features Deep Dive - Single Sign-On

Single Sign-On is fast becoming the norm due to consumption of services like ShareFile & Office 365.   Personally, I think Single Sign-On is currently the coolest NetScaler feature; I like the idea of federated authentication and the end of having so many accounts and passwords. Additionally, you can federate in to your hosted services…

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vCloud Usage Meter 3.5

vCloud Usage Meter 3.5 Overview The vCloud Usage Meter simplifies monthly reporting by tracking configured products and is able to email the monthly reports on the desired date for submission. vCloud Usage Meter is also configurable to provide usage consumption of customers within the service providers environment. Image Source: https://communities.vmware.com/community/vmtn/vcloud_usage_meter The latest version (3.5) allows…

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Citrix NetScaler Series – Part 8: Features Deep Dive – Global Server Load Balancing (GSLB)

Global Server Load Balancing manages traffic across multiple network entry points or data centres. For example, GSLB would distribute traffic across two or more data centres (active-active) or initiate automated data centre failover in a DR scenario (active-passive). GSLB can also direct traffic based on geo-location information, providing the best user experience.  For example, if…

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Citrix NetScaler Series - Part 7: Features Deep Dive - Layer 4-7 Load Balancing

Load Balancing is a simple but extremely effective way to distribute load and protect your services - and your customers’ services - from single points of failure. Over the years some rudimentary traffic distribution methods have been found wanting when something goes wrong and a relatively small investment is all that’s needed to obtain extensive…

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Digital Transformation – The Service Provider Opportunity

A blog inspired by VMworld 2016   Is there any topic more important to business today than digital transformation?  We keep hearing about companies like General Electric that are completely revitalising their businesses by focusing on their own digital transformation or businesses like AirBnB and Uber that are built to ride the digital wave.  But…

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