Cloud Computing: Microsoft Increases Licensing Costs for non-Azure Cloud Vendors

first_imgMicrosoft has recently announced new licensing changes that target competing cloud vendors that run Microsoft software in the cloud. The Register summarized the license changes, saying that “many software deployments that are currently allowed will no longer be permitted on dedicated cloud services from the listed providers. Microsoft is making it harder or in some cases impossible to bring your own licences, forcing customers either to rent the software via SPLA (Service Provider License Agreement), or to purchase licences with software assurance, an annual service charge. “ Starting October 1st, 2019, the changes will go into effect, making the use of Microsoft software significantly more expensive to run on non-Azure clouds like AWS, Google and Alibaba. Rob Enslin, Google Cloud President, tweeted that “Shelf-ware. Complex pricing. And now vendor lock-in. Microsoft is taking its greatest hits from the ’90s to the cloud.” The reaction was similar from Amazon AWS. Werner Vogels tweeted “It is hard to trust a co. who raises prices, eliminates benefits, + restricts freedom of choice. “last_img read more

Gen Y Demands Greater Work Flexibility, Says Cisco Study

first_imgFirst-time young professionals and recent college students are getting increasingly more demanding about their workplace flexibility when it comes to their choice of computing devices, work hours, and access to social media networks during the workday. These results are part of the 2011 Cisco Connected World Technology Report, the second of three parts which was released today. Cisco and InsightExpress surveyed 200 college students and young professionals in 14 countries.A third of the college students and others under 30 said that they would prioritize social media freedom, device flexibility, and work mobility over salary in accepting a job offer. Of course, this could be idealism speaking and we’ll see what they say when many will have trouble finding any job in this down economy. A sizable minority (40%) said they would take a lower-paying job that offered more in the way of device flexibility and social media access during work hours. And 56% said that if their job blocked access to social sites, they would not accept the offer or else join the company and look for ways to circumvent this policy. Food for thought for IT managers, certainly. Nearly two-thirds of job seekers plan on asking about social media usage policies during their interviews. So what are the rest going to do, fake their way through it?Sheila Jordan, VP Communication and Collaboration IT, Cisco says, “These findings among college students and young employees indicate the freedom to access social media and use devices is increasingly important to the next generation of the world’s workforce – in some cases, more important than salary.” Almost a third of all surveyed across the globe said the absence of remote access would influence their job decisions, such as leaving companies sooner rather than later, slacking off, or declining job offers outright. Matching this attitude, almost a third feel that it is their right to work remotely and to make this decision after they are employed. Not surprisingly, 70% feel that they don’t need to be in their office regularly, and could get more done remotely. This is more than double the figures from last year. Gen Y is clearly attached to their electronics. Nearly half said they would rather lose their wallet or purse than their smartphone or mobile device. Most also expect that any company-issued smartphone should be allowed for personal uses too. And 81% of the respondents want to choose their own devices, even for corporate tasks. From these results, the traditional methods of attracting new talent to the workforce may no longer apply. Tags:#Analysis#enterprise#news Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Related Posts 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowcenter_img david strom IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo…last_img read more

Galaxy Note 4 Rolls With An Entourage: VR Headset, Curved Smartphone And Smartwatch

first_imgadriana lee Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement On Wednesday, Samsung introduced a team of devices to extend its smartphones and wearable brands.Along with the next generation of its Galaxy phablet line, the Note 4, the Samsung brought out a variation called the Galaxy Note Edge—a new smartphone that’s practically the same as the Note 4, but with a bent display. The extra flap houses apps, tools and tickers away from the main display. See also: The Only Thing Samsung’s Not Into Is RestraintIn conjunction with the IFA show in Berlin, Samsung also showed off its new Gear S smartwatch, the standalone wearable gadget with 3G cellular connectivity that was first announced last week, as well as the Gear VR, its first consumer virtual reality headset and the culmination of its partnership with Oculus Rift. Specific pricing and release details haven’t been announced yet, but they should hit the U.S. in October.  Related Posts Tags:#Galaxy Gear#Note 4#Samsung#samsung smartwatch#smartphone center_img What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more