Windows Server Essentials: Still big for small businesses

With its pulling of the plug on Small Business Server (SBS) in 2011, Microsoft encouraged small business (those with as many as 500 users and 500 devices) to go with the new Essentials version of Windows Server. Windows Server 2016, now available for download, has gotten a lot of attention — the 2016 version of Windows Server Essentials, not so much.

Microsoft’s server portfolio had so many great tools that small IT shops requested, but they didn’t want — or couldn’t afford — to set up the required infrastructure. To accomplish that ease, Microsoft put everything in the SBS box: Exchange, SharePoint, SQL Server, and so on. But today, small IT shops can use Office 365 instead.

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Network World’s Brandon Butler and IDC’s Matt Eastwood discuss major highlights from the VMWorld show in Las Vegas.
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5 years into the ‘cloud-first policy’ CIOs still struggling

For half a decade, the federal government has operated under a policy to prioritize cloud computing as agency CIOs embark on new technology initiatives, but in such a vast and varied IT environment, it’s not been a quick transition.

[ Related: Government cloud adoption efforts lag as security concerns persist ]

Five years into the so-called cloud-first policy, federal CIOs say they continue to struggle with procurement and management challenges, while security concerns about the safeguards around sensitive data still linger.

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Amazon.com reverses Kindle Fire encryption fail (yet this tablet still sucks)

Amazon.com reverses its PR fail of disabling encryption on Kindle Fire tablets (and other devices using the ‘droid-derived Fire OS). In a one-line statement released today, Amazon says encryption will return to the suspiciously cheap units.

Oh, that was quick. Previously, Amazon PR’s said users didn’t want the feature, but now it’s telling us you can have it back, if you want. Mind you, why would you, given the painfully weak hardware in these useless tablets?

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