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VMware vSphere with Operations Management Enterprise Plus End of Availability

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VMware announced the end of availability of the bundle vSphere with Operations Management Enterprise Plus – effective February 1st, 2019. After this date, the corresponding licenses – vSphere Enterprise Plus and vRealize Operations Standard – can still be purchased separately. If you are currently active on your support and subscription (SnS), following are some options that can be discussed based on your business needs:

  • Remain on current vSphere Enterprise Plus and vRealize Operations Standard components. VMware announced a nominal increase in SnS costs at the time of renewal.
  • Upgrade your components to a higher edition: vSphere Enterprise Plus can be upgraded to vSphere Platinum. vRealize Operations Standard can be upgraded to vRealize Operations Advanced or vRealize Suite Standard.

Please see the current promotions concerning VMware upgrades.

VMware vSphere with Operations Management Enterprise Plus End of Availability Promotions

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From October 31st 2018 to October 30th 2019, VMware offers special promotions for customers, who are currently under active vSphere with Operations Management Enterprise Plus Support and Subscription (SnS):

  • You can save 50% by upgrading your vSphere Enterprise Plus component to vSphere Platinum.
  • You can save 50% by upgrading your vRealize Operations Standard component either to vRealize Operations Advanced or vRealize Suite Standard.
  • By upgrading both components at the same time, you can save 50% on the upgrade from vSphere Enterprise Plus to vSphere Platinum and 65% on the upgrade from vRealize Operations Standard to vRealize Operations Advanced or vRealize Suite Standard.

Microsoft Dynamics 365 New Applications in October 2018 Release

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Microsoft announced new Artificial Intelligence (AI) and mixed reality business applications for Dynamics 365. The Microsoft Dynamics 365 October 2018 Release includes AI applications to help customers with decision making and to enable them to take informed actions. The new AI apps are available for Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Sales, Customer Service and Market Insights.

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Remote Assist and Microsoft Dynamics 365 Layout, mixed reality applications that use Microsoft HoloLens are also available now. Find the announcement and watch some videos of these new products in action here: https://blogs.microsoft.com/blog/2018/09/18/announcing-new-ai-and-mixed-reality-business-applications-for-microsoft-dynamics/.

Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Marketing – Regions and Pricing

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Microsoft announced that Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Marketing is now available in an additional 33 languages and is also geographically available in all current Dynamics 365 markets.

In addition, the pricing has changed so that organizations no longer have to count all the contact records in their Dynamics 365 database from a licensing perspective. Now, it’s sufficient to count just the contacts that will be engaged with via a marketing activity such as emails, events and surveys. For most organizations, this will reduce the licensing costs.

For further information about Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Marketing Regions and Pricing, please visit: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/crm/2018/10/01/new-languages-regions-and-pricing-for-dynamics-365-for-marketing/

Microsoft Visual Studio Team Services becomes Microsoft Azure DevOps

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Microsoft announced that Microsoft Visual Studio Team Services becomes Microsoft Azure DevOps. To read the full announcement, please visit the site: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/devops/release-notes/2018/sep-10-azure-devops-launch. In this context you might also be interested in the Azure DevOps billing FAQ: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/devops/organizations/billing/billing-faq?view=vsts&tabs=new-nav.

Microsoft Azure Hybrid Benefit for SQL Server Options

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The Microsoft Azure Hybrid Benefit for SQL Server allows you to choose where you use a Microsoft SQL Server license: either on-premises or in Microsoft Azure. Not only that, you’re allowed to choose between a Microsoft Azure virtual machine (Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)) or the Microsoft Azure SQL Database service (Platform as a Service) (PaaS)). This article describes the details of the two options: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/sql-database/sql-database-paas-vs-sql-server-iaas. Customers are eligible for the Microsoft Azure Hybrid Benefit by having active Software Assurance on their licenses or buying a Server Subscription.

Microsoft Stream Plans

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Microsoft Stream is a cloud-based enterprise video service, that is included in many Microsoft Office 365 Plans. Now, Microsoft Stream is also available as Standalone Plans (Plan 1 & Plan 2).  This page is useful for comparing the features of the two plans and to see the details of Microsoft Stream in the different Microsoft Office 365 Plans: https://stream.microsoft.com/en-us/pricing/. This page also explains how Stream storage works: each tenant receives 500 GB of storage and an additional 0.5 GB per licensed user, with the exception of Office 365 F1 users. Further Stream storage is available as an Add-on license.

Microsoft Office 2019 On-Premises Licenses available

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Microsoft announced the availability of Microsoft Office 2019. The corresponding Microsoft Office Servers 2019 will launch in November 2018. Hence, Microsoft Office 2016 version licenses have been removed from price lists.

As announced in a previous post regarding Microsoft Program and Pricing Adjustments there is a price increase of 10 percent comparing with Office 2016 version – except Campus (Enrollment for Education Solutions) and School programs.

Microsoft Windows Server 2019 On-Premises Licenses available

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Microsoft announced the availability of Microsoft Windows Server 2019. Hence, Microsoft Windows Server 2016 version licenses have been removed from price lists.

The price increase of around 10 percent for Microsoft Windows Server 2019 includes Enterprise Client Access License (CAL), Core CAL, Core CAL Bridge Product Families, and Enterprise CAL Bridge Product Families products – except Campus (Enrollment for Education Solutions) and School programs.