September 2018 Newsletter

BMC is Named a Leader for the 5th Consecutive Year in the Gartner 2018 Magic Quadrant for IT Service Management Tools

For the 5th year in a row, BMC has been recognized by Gartner in the Leaders Quadrant for its completeness of vision and ability to execute for IT Service Management Tools. BMC continues to deliver its commitment to help customers support the digital enterprise with innovative capabilities. The newly launched BMC Helix solutions extend its already industry-leading Service Management capabilities with a unique cognitive intelligence and a flexible container architecture, providing the ability for customers with the option of operating the BMC ITSM on their choice of cloud.

With BMC Helix, enterprises can address the challenges they face in managing and delivering IT and non-IT services across multi-cloud, multi-device, and omni-channel user experience – all delivered with the ease of a cloud service.

To learn more about BMC’s solutions for IT Service Management, including its new BMC Helix Cognitive Service Management (CSM) offering, visit http://www.bmc.com/it-solutions/it-service-management.html, or email Shane Asancha through ShaneA@first-datacorp.com.

Microsoft Announces New Options for SQL Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 End of Support

Microsoft entered the 2008 release cycle with a shift from 32-bit to 64-bit computing, the early days of server virtualization and advanced analytics. Fast forward to a decade later, technology is now in a full-blown era of hybrid cloud computing with exciting innovation in data, artificial intelligence and more. The Microsoft SQL Server 2017 and Windows Server 2016 are the new standard for database and OS performance and efficiency, which both include built-in security features to help harden the server infrastructure.

The 2008 family of server products have had a tremendous run. But all good things come to an end, with closing stages of support for these popular 2008 releases are:

    Extended Support for SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 will end on July 9, 2019
    Extended Support for Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 will end on January 14, 2020.

End of support means the end of regular security updates. With cyberattacks becoming more sophisticated and frequent, running apps and data on unsupported versions can create significant security and compliance risks. Herewith, upgrading to the most current versions will result to better performance, efficiency, and regular security updates.

Every good migration project begins with a good plan. Start by identifying applications that are being supported by 2008 and 2008 R2 versions of SQL Server and Windows Server, inventory the workloads, and choose the right migration and/or upgrade path for each application. To learn more about migration to the latest Microsoft technologies, email Hanna Acorin through HannaA@first-datacorp.com.