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We’re encouraging our reseller partners to keep on selling Windows

According to TrustedReviews the date for Microsoft to launch Windows 8 has been set for 26 October 2012. This could lead some businesses to delay or considering delaying the purchase of new PCs or operating systems. To combat this, Microsoft is offering a deal which means end-user customers who buy Windows 7 Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional or Ultimate between 2 June 2012 and 31 Jan 2013 can upgrade to Windows 8 for just £15.00. An upgrade can cost between £100-£150 normally, so this is a great offer. To access the offer, customers should visit: http://windowsupgradeoffer.com/en-GB.

We’re encouraging our reseller partners to keep on selling Windows, we can’t see any reason to hold back, but if you have other views, we’d love to hear from you. Comment below.

Windows 2012 has now been released and with its arrival comes new versions and new licensing rules

Windows Server 2008 is no longer available; Windows  Server 2012 has now been released and with its arrival comes new versions and new licensing rules. The current enterprise, Web Server, Small Business Server (SBS) and High Performance Computing (HPC) editions will all cease, to be replaced with a more simplified and standardised product line up [to match other infrastructure products] divided into ‘four flavours’:

  • Windows Server 2012 Datacenter edition for highly virtualized private cloud environments (which includes unlimited virtual instances)
    • Datacenter licence prices have doubled, but they do now provide for two processors instead of the one, so the overall pricing remains the same
    • Unusually for Microsoft, Datacenter requires both a processor license and Client Access Licenses (CALs) for every user or device accessing a server. ...continue reading

The Infographic (pictured right) is created by one of our vendor partners, Trend Micro. It suggests (putting it bluntly) that employees can take much of the blame for data protection breaches. 78 per cent of organisations have suffered from at least one data breach over the past two-years, but only 8 per cent cited external attacks as the main reason. Loss of laptops and other mobile devices is the biggest failing. It looks like us employees could be responsible!

BYOD

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is rather under rated on this Infographic. It only makes number 10 on the riskiest employee practices list. However, I think the risk could be much higher, especially in SMBs. Using the right software, large businesses, which have their own “fleets of IT” can control device access, website access, data encryption, applications, and in the event of device loss, remotely wipe data too. SMBs by contrast rarely provide staff with devices for work use, but still need to protect (but probably don’t) corporate data held or accessed (intentionally or by accident) using an employee’s own device.

Legislation will only increase

Personally, I don’t think individuals are all entirely to blame. They may lose the devices or cause the data breach, but SMB owners also need to take data protection more seriously. For one thing, legislation in this area will only increase. It is interesting that the research behind the infographic suggests only 43 per cent of organisations protect sensitive information with data protection technology. I should imagine in SMBs that figure is much lower.

Consultancy first, product sell second

The Infographic really highlights some sweeping trends, but for me the biggest point on data protection is that every company is different; every company operates with different levels of protection sophistication. The biggest opportunities for resellers right now – with support from consultancy-led distributors and vendors - is to sell consultancy services to end-user customers. Consultancy first, product sell second. Resellers should now be working with business owners to provide security audits, to really understand how their businesses operate and then to help them find the security holes. In many cases, owners simply don’t realise they have a security hole!