What Can We Expect from Microsoft in 2015?

January 16, 2015   //   SWC Technology Partners, , , , , , , , ,

Lots of rebranding has been taking place with Microsoft products recently. Windows Azure is now Microsoft Azure, Windows Intune is now Microsoft Intune, System Center Advisor is now Azure Operational Insights and Microsoft Lync is now Skype for Business. Finally, Windows 9 is being skipped entirely and we’re going straight to Windows 10 (now in preview). With all these name changes, it’s hard to keep track of what’s what anymore. Read my blog to learn more about what we can expect from Microsoft in 2015.The names may be changing, but the story still remains largely the same. Each of the products I mentioned above still do what they were written to do, many have just become cloud-based versions of the equivalent on-premises software. The benefit is that new features are being added to make your daily IT tasks easier and more efficient. Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 is a powerful datacenter automation and orchestration platform for managing your private cloud while integrating with your public cloud services. With the nature of the cloud these days, you might be wondering if you even need to deploy System Center on-premises anymore or how the new versions of Windows Server will affect your organization. For now, a hybrid approach consisting of both private and public cloud utilization is still a good IT strategy. There is no one-size-fits-all, and each paradigm has its own set of strengths and limitations.

Microsoft’s Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS) is a compelling offering for Microsoft Azure, Intune and Rights Management that offers businesses a comprehensive set of tools for managing identity, information and infrastructure. Combined with Office 365 for Business, EMS gives you a complete cloud-centric IT approach for a large part of your service needs for both employees and customers.

But what about those who still need local devices to interact with these cloud services, i.e. smartphones, tablets, laptops and desktops. In order to deploy standardized operating system images on these devices, an on-premises tool such as System Center Configuration Manager is critical to executing these roll outs on your subnets. Similarly, while you can use Microsoft Lync in Office 365 for IM and presence, if you’re looking to replace your aging PBX and telephone systems, you’ll still need onsite Unified Communication servers to connect to your SIP trunk provider for audio and video conferencing.

In summary, both the private cloud and the public cloud are needed. One cannot exist without the other. As such, your organization needs to have a comprehensive strategy that incorporates both elements in an effective and unified manner. SWC can help your business understand the rapid pace of Dynamic IT, so that you are better able navigate and adapt to the changing landscape and succeed in transitioning your network into the next level of IT.

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