Cloud-Minded. Business Grounded.

The forecast calls for 80 percent of IT to be in the cloud by 2020.

The cloud is going mainstream and delivering on its promises. Companies moving workloads are seeing the cloud as a catalyst for business growth. These companies are innovating freely, reaching out to new markets, and disrupting the status quo.

But with cloud technologies being developed at staggering rates, it’s hard to predict which direction they’re moving. More important for you is planning a cloud strategy that goes along with your business forecast. Continue reading

Are you ready for Windows 10?

Ready or not, here’s Windows 10.

Whether Microsoft’s latest operating system is proliferating in the corporate space due to consumer adoption, or through sheer force in partnership with OEMs, we know that businesses are adopting Windows 10 twice as fast as Windows 7. Intel Kaby Lake (7th generation) processors will only support Windows 10. Devices with Windows 7 or 8.1 running on Intel Skylake (6th generation) chips will lose support in July of this year.

IT departments are pressed for time and have limited options. Either upgrade all devices to Windows 10 Enterprise via volume licensing, or manage two operating systems as devices are refreshed. Choosing the former option allows your organization to fully take advantage of Windows 10 Enterprise edition, in particular. Continue reading

Next-generation servers to complement next-generation Windows Server environments

Explore the best destination for your migration

WinServer Dell HPBy now, your strategy for migrating away from Windows Server/R2 2003 should be well underway.

You’ve completed a comprehensive discovery of the software and workloads running in your current environment; assessed and organized each by type, criticality, complexity and risk; and identified the optimal destinations for all of your applications and workloads in the new environment.

The only thing left is to pull the trigger and migrate. Right? Continue reading

Avoid the risk and expense of maintaining an obsolete data center

WinServer 2012 logoIt’s time to implement your
Windows Server migration plan

After 12 long years, Microsoft will end all support for Windows Server 2003 on July 14, 2015.

Any organization running Windows Server 2003 after End-of-Support (EOS) will face a big ongoing maintenance expense; one that will quickly exceed what you might spend to migrate to Windows Server 2012 R2 – and that includes the cost of required hardware upgrades for those still running Windows Server 2003 on x86 servers.

You’ll also be at risk of failing to meet regulatory and industry compliance standards, which could cost you business.

The upside of all this is that your organization is about to make a big leap forward in IT. It’s an event that will transform your datacenter, and could open up a whole new world for your business.

The Microsoft team at Zones can help you make the leap to a modern data center that can easily extend beyond on-premises resources to leverage cloud resources. Ask your Zones account executive for a full briefing on our complete discovery, assessment, targeting, and migration services that can help get your data center up to speed before the July 14 deadline. Continue reading

Streamline Windows Server 2003 migration

Migration Gree-lightEffective July 14, 2015, Windows Server 2003 will no longer be supported outside of custom service contracts, which are prohibitively expensive. Zones can help you navigate your transition to a modern data center.

Estimates for migrating the typical Windows Server 2003 R2 environment to Windows Server 2012 R2 range from four to 12 months or more, leaving most organizations with little time to spare. It’s no exaggeration that you’re facing a very tight timetable to beat the July 14 deadline if you don’t define it and commit to it now.

Zones can help you streamline every phase of your move away from Windows Server 2003. The solution architects, systems engineers and cloud specialists at Zones Advanced Solutions Group will help you move your data center forward in the most efficient and effective way for your specific business and infrastructure. By leveraging our enterprise-class assessment, planning and migration services, you’ll come away with a robust, best-practice and scalable solution.

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