BizTech Brief #1

Week Commencing 11th July 2016.

With all the changes and shifts in Business IT, it can be difficult to keep up with the latest news. Therefore I am going to summarise the latest news by writing a weekly blog post reflecting on the biggest news from the past week within the IT industry.

This series will focus on news from some of our top partners, such as Dell, VMware and Microsoft, amongst others.

Windows Server-as-a-service: Microsoft lays out Server 2016's future

Last week, Microsoft announced the launch details of Windows Server 2016. Windows Server 2016 will be launched at Microsoft’s annual ‘Ignite’ Conference which runs from 26th– 30th September in Atlanta, Georgia.

As with the current release of Windows Server 2012, there will be three editions; Datacenter, Standard and Essentials. However, the way in which Windows Server 2016 is serviced has changed. Datacenter and Standard can be installed either as Long-Term Servicing Branch for Business (with five years of mainstream support and five years of extended support) or as Current Branch for business (should expect feature updates two to three times a year.

For the full article, click here. 

Other Resources

To register for the Microsoft Ignite Conference, click here.

For Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Licensing guide, click here.

10 reasons why you will love Windows Server 2016


Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 to fully intergrate with Windows Server 2016 & Hyper-V

With the recent announcement of Windows Server 2016 launch dates, Veeam also announced that Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 will fully integrate with the new server and Hyper-V. This new release will have approximately 100 new features and enhancements. This collaboration is a continuous effort to support Veeam’s direct integration with one of the world’s largest hypervisor and widely use applications.

The complete intergration between Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 with Windows Server 2016 and Hyper-V technologies includes:

  •  Windows Server 2016 support for installing Veeam Backup and Replication components.
  •  Windows Server 2016, Hyper-V support including intergration with Resiliant Change Tracking  for backups and restores.
  •  Support for the most current versions of Microsoft exchange, SharePoint, Active Directory and  more.

For the full article, click here. 

Other Resources. 

For more information on Veeam Availability Suite v9, click here.

What will happen at VMWorld 2016?

With VMworld US just around the corner at the end of next month, VMware are starting to tease their attendees. As usual VMware are saving the big announcements until the event but have offered small hints of what to expect within the content catalog.

To read The Register predictions for VMWorld, click here. 

Other Resources

To see the catalog for VMWorld US 2016, click here. 

To see the Agenda for VMworld US 2016, click here.

Microsoft unveils cloud platform to power business apps.

This week at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference in Toronto, Microsoft announced the latest update to the Microsoft Cloud Strategy. Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO described this update as the “platform of opportunity”.

With Microsoft’s key messaging focusing around users being able to access their data and applications on any device, at any time, Nadella stated “CEO’s have a desire to use digital technology to change business outcomes. Every Customer is building digital technology.” Nadella unveiled technology to help businesses reach this goal. The announcement unveiled technology for the Microsoft Cloud, Dubbed AppSource, a marketplace for azure-powered Office 365 and Microsoft Dynamics-based application that are able to share data.

For the full article, click here. 

Google broke its own cloud again

This week Google admitted to breaking its own cloud again. Although Google are honest and reveal when there is an issue in their cloud, on this occasion there was a previously unseen software bug, triggered by the two concurrent maintenance events, meaning that the disks were blocked which became unused as a result of the rebalance were not freed up for subsequent reuse, depleting the available SSD space in the zone until writes were rejected.

As ever Google have vowed to do better however it has been noted that although Google are honest about their issues, they appear to have more outages to disclose compared to close competitors Microsoft.

To read the full article, click here