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What is Office 365?
Microsoft Office 365 delivers the power of cloud productivity to businesses of all sizes, helping to save time and money and freeing up valued resources. Office 365 brings together cloud versions of Microsoft’s trusted communications and collaboration software with its familiar Office Professional Plus productivity suite. Office 365 is designed to help meet IT needs for robust security and user productivity.
Key Office 365 Benefits
Office 365 as a Service
With an Office 365 subscription, customers get the latest, fully-featured Office applications, for both PCs and Macs. An Office 365 subscription includes:
Full Office applications available offline
The ability to sign-in to Office and access documents and settings while roaming
Per user licensing across Windows tablets, PCs, and Macs
Side-by-side installation with previous versions
Use of existing deployment tools and processes
One of the great benefits of a subscription service is that it is evergreen, meaning always up to date when it comes to security patches, updates, and version upgrades. Examples of recent upgrades include:
Incremental quarterly updates to put the first and best of Office in the cloud
Office Mobile for Android phones and iPhones
An increase in Exchange Online mailbox size from 25 GB to 50 GB
An increase in SkyDrive Pro user storage from 7 GB to 25 GB, plus an increased file upload limit from
250 MB to 2 GB
A hosted email service from Microsoft.
A project and portfolio management tool.
A collaboration and content management tool.
A unified communications platform.
A tool used to create professional diagrams that simplify complex information.
The latest Office, business-class email, document sharing, and web meetings—rich productivity services for modern users with the IT flexibility and control users need. Customers can use their Enterprise Agreement (EA) to transition to Office 365 ProPlus. Office 365 ProPlus:
An enterprise social network that brings social networking to the business world. Yammer allows employees to:
Windows Azure is a cloud services operating system that serves as the development, service hosting and service management environment for the Windows Azure platform.
Windows Azure provides developers with on-demand compute and storage to host, scale, and manage web applications on the internet through Microsoft datacentres. It is a flexible platform that supports multiple languages and integrates with your existing on-premises environment.
Add Internet Scale and Reach to Your Applications
The Azure Services Platform provides developers with the ability to extend existing applications and build new solutions with Internet scale and reach.
Build on a flexible services platform with Internet scale
The Azure Services Platform offers a Secure, reliable, and dynamically-scaling services platform designed to connect your applications to a wide range of online services that will enable you to reach millions of current and potential customers worldwide.
Each service within the Azure platform is fully independent, providing you with a full suite of standalone services to consume in your next generation, connected applications. This modular architecture enables you to take advantage of the Azure services you need, while still relying on the on premise functionality you already use.
Greater flexibility and agility with Windows Server 2012 R2
At the heart of the Microsoft Cloud OS vision, Windows Server 2012 R2 brings Microsoft’s experience delivering global-scale cloud services into your infrastructure with new features and enhancements in virtualization, management, storage, networking, virtual desktop infrastructure, access and information protection, the web and application platform, and more.
Windows Server licensing makes choosing the right edition of Windows Server easier. Choose from four editions of Windows Server, based on the size of your organization and your requirements for virtualization and cloud computing. Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacentre with unlimited virtualization rights provides the benefits of cloud-level scale with predictable, lower costs. Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard offers the same enterprise-class features without unlimited virtualization rights. Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials is an ideal cloud-connected first server.
Windows Server 2003 end of support
Microsoft support for Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2003 R2 ends on July 14, 2015, which means the end of updates and patches, and a loss of compliance for any datacenter running this OS after this date. Explore your options and the resources available to assist in your upgrade and migration to Windows Server 2012 R2. Follow the simple four step process: Discover, assess, target and migrate to usher in the next stage of your datacenter evolution.
Breakthrough performance and faster insights delivered by a hybrid data platform
SQL Server 2014 enables customers to build mission-critical applications and Big Data solutions using high-performance, in-memory technology across OLTP, data warehousing, business intelligence and analytics workloads without having to buy expensive add-ons or high-end appliances. SQL Server 2014 uses a common set of tools to deploy and manage databases both on-premises and in the cloud, which makes it easier for customers to take advantage of the cloud with existing skills.
SQL Server 2014 makes it easier and more cost effective to build high-performance, mission-critical applications, enterprise ready Big Data assets, and BI solutions that help employees make better decisions, faster. These solutions have the flexibility of being deployed on premises, in the cloud or in a hybrid environment, and can be managed through a common and familiar tool set.
SQL Server 2014 accelerates reliable, mission critical applications with a new in-memory OLTP engine that can deliver on average 10x, and up to 30x transactional performance gains. For Data Warehousing, the new updatable in-memory column store can query 100x faster than legacy solutions. SQL Server also delivers peace of mind as the most secure database five years in a row. (National Institute of Standards and Technology Comprehensive Vulnerability Database 4/17/2013, Market share from IDC 2013)
Faster insights on any data
Get to insights faster with a complete BI platform that speeds up how you access, analyse, clean and shape both internal and external data. With SQL Server 2014 and Power BI for Office 365, it is easy to connect every user in an organization to the right data they need to make better decisions, faster.
Platform for hybrid cloud
SQL Server 2014 was designed to work in a hybrid environment that spans on-premises and the cloud and has new tools that make it even easier to build back-up and disaster recovery solutions with Microsoft Azure. These tools provide an easy on-ramp to the cloud for on-premises SQL Server databases, enabling customers to use their existing skills to take advantage of Microsoft’s global datacentres.