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Exchange Server 2016 Announced at Ignite!

Microsoft’s Ignite 2015 conference played host this year to the announcement of Exchange 2016 as the on premise successor to Exchange 2013. This new version will be released in the latter half of 2015 and has a few notable changes / features added: The Client Access role has been removed completely. In Exchange 2013 the […] ...read the full article

NetApp OnCommand Shift Migrates VMs between VMware ESX/ESXi and Microsoft Hyper-V platforms

Many IT organisations are starting to see the benefits of a flexible, mutli-hypervisor platform, allowing them to reduce costs, and scale out easily and efficiently. However the challenges involved often make this difficult and expensive, with some migrations often taken weeks or months to complete, resulting in downtime that is unacceptable in production environments. The […] ...read the full article

Microsoft announces ExpressRoute Service Providers for Office 365

Microsoft Ignite is taking place in Chicago this week and they are announcing a cacophony of features and new products. The best piece of news so far, in particular for larger Office 365 customers, is the announcement of the ExpressRoute Service Providers for Office 365. The ExpressRoute technology provides a private, managed connection to Office […] ...read the full article

Office 365 Roadmap – What Next?

As an evergreen service, Office 365 is always expanding and updating to provide users with new features and admins with more granular controls and functionality. Here is a list of some of the updates we are looking forward to this year:MDM for Office 365 – at the moment this is a weak spot in Office […] ...read the full article

Office 2016 Preview & Skype for Business

The Office 2016 IT Pro and Developer Preview is now available! This is a very early build however those who choose to use the preview will receive updates and new functionality along the way, much like the Windows 10 Technical Preview. From an Office 365 point of view there are some great new features such […] ...read the full article

Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS) now available in an Open License programme

As of 1st March 2015, the Enterprise Mobility Suite is available to small and medium businesses, supplied on Microsoft’s Open License programme. The suite consists of 3 tools which can enable your users to be productive across any platform or device, whilst keeping the data on those devices secure:  Microsoft Azure Active Directory Premium – […] ...read the full article

Office Online Overhaul!

Office Online (formerly known as Office Web Apps) is having a major overhaul at the moment, with lots of new functionality added. This is good news for all Office 365 users, making what was a strong but basic editing suite into something which is much more akin to the traditional desktop Office suite experience. The […] ...read the full article

Azure & Microsoft Datacenter Security

Following the last two blogs on the security of cloud services, below we look at Microsoft Azure in more detail… The Microsoft Azure IaaS environment should be considered as an extension of your datacentre. Microsoft is a staunch supporter of the concept that the data you place in cloud services is your data, not theirs. […] ...read the full article

Office 365 Security

Following the previous blog which looked at the security of cloud services, below we examine the security features used to protect your data in Office 365 and some of the ways your data is protected in transit… The Office 365 service provides many layers of security. Microsoft wants to be seen as a safe pair […] ...read the full article

How secure are your cloud services?

With Microsoft, Amazon and Google currently enticing businesses and consumers into cloud services with promises of resiliency, scalability and simplified administration, many companies are quite understandably moving services and data into the cloud in some way or other. Before making such a leap however, questions need to be asked around data security and compliance. Cloud […] ...read the full article