Posts Tagged ‘Microsoft’

SoftNAS Releases NAS Virtual Appliance

December 21st, 2012    Posted in cloud hosting, Hyper-V, Microsoft Hyper-V, virtualization

The Virtual storage application that converts the existing hardware of users into safe data storage systems…

SoftNAS Releases NAS Virtual Appliance

All businesses need reliable and secure data storage, yet not everyone can pay the heavy price of dedicated NAS (network attached storage) devices. So the best option for small and medium sized businesses is to go “virtual”.

So SoftNAS, the self titled virtual storage software for VMware, Microsoft Hyper-V and Amazon EC2, from Houston, Texas based SoftNAS is going to be very good news for all the small to medium sized business owners. The software makes it possible for companies to pass by the high price of dedicated NAS hardware.

The company described the SoftNAS platform as a cloud-based, software-deployed virtual storage application, which makes use of the hardware that companies already own in order to securely store their mission-critical data.

In addition to Microsoft Hyper-V, VMware ESXi and vSphere, SoftNAS also runs on cloud environments such as Amazon EC2, stated the company.

In a press conference, Bill Hood, the CEO of SoftNAS, stated that the company’s technology would help level the playing fields for small and medium sized businesses, and big IT organizations that has huge file storage requirements.

While the beta version of SoftNAS can be downloaded through their website right now, the public commercial version will hit the markets in February 2013.

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The price increase of user CAL by Microsoft troubles IT pros

December 5th, 2012    Posted in Internet, web server news, Windows Server

On the 1st of December, Microsoft raised the price tag of its user CAL (client access license) by 15%, which resulted in drastically higher prices for the clients who have no other choice but to pay.

The price increase of user CAL by Microsoft troubles IT pros

The user CAL is used by companies which require its employees to access the Microsoft servers or other products via a variety of devices, including laptops, smartphones and tablets. The increase of price will not have an effect on the device client access license, which is to be used for a single device to access a Microsoft server, in spite of the number of users on the device.

Although the customers of user CAL by Microsoft seems to be very frustrated due to the unexpected price hike, they are left with little choice except to take the Microsoft’s way and pay the new increased price.

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Office 365 vs. Office 2013 Pricing: What is the Difference?

October 3rd, 2012    Posted in cloud hosting, Internet, Uncategorized


As Microsoft announced the pricing of Office 365 and Office 2013 (along with the launch of windows 8 OS and Windows Server 2012) consumers might wind up confused between the two new cloud and desktop services offered by Microsoft. However, it seems that the road Microsoft is taking will ultimately lead to the cloud service, Office 365.

Office 2013 is seen as the successor to MS Office 2010. However, it seems that Microsoft has muddled up the discussion just a little bit by mixing up in chatter about MS Office 365. Most of the channel partners already know that Office 365 supports Exchange Online, Lync Online, SharePoint Online and many other cloud services. However, Office 365 also features desktop productivity functionalities.

Below is a sampling of the pricing, product lineup and subscription services of Microsoft’s Office suite:

Office 365 vs. Office 2013

Office 365 Home Premium:

Office 365 Home Premium can be used in up to 5 PCs or Macs with a single subscription. The package primarily includes PowerPoint, Word, Access, Excel, OneNote, Outlook and Publisher. In addition, it also includes various plugins for Skype and 20 GB on SkyDrive (the cloud storage). Updates are free.

Price: $8.33 per month or $99.99 annually

Office 365 Small Business Premium:

This is specially designed for the businesses with less than 10 employees. Each user will get PowerPoint, Word, Outlook, Excel, OneNote, Access, and Lync plus Publisher. It will also offer many features involving online meetings, Outlook, website hosting. In addition, each user will be able to roam between up to five PCs or Macs.

Price: $12.50 per user per month

Office 365 vs. Office 2013

Traditional Office 2013 (Single User License):

Office Home and Student 2013 will include PowerPoint, Word, OneNote, and Excel.

Price: $139.99

Office Home and Business 2013 will include all of the apps included in Office Home and Student plus Outlook.

Price: $219.99

Office Professional 2013 will include Publisher and Access, in addition to all the apps in Office Home and Business.

Price: $399.99

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