GoFirst Cloud Services

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Where do you play and how can we help you BE MORE

Over the past year First Distribution identified opportunities missed due to partners having the following challenges: Being unsure, scared, unable.

Many of our partners have great pre-sales and sales capability but do not necessarily have the skill, resources or competencies associated with customer expectations and therefore hesitate to take full advantage of enabling customers across the wide range of cloud offerings Microsoft Cloud brings.

First Distribution’s key strategic objective for CSP is to enable our partners to be more and sell more and become Super Service Providers.  Not only does our differentiation include facilitating co-marketing with our partners to drive awareness and lead generation but now go as far as enabling PROFESSIONAL SERVICES through GoFirst Cloud Services.

This gives partners that do not have the ability to deliver deployment, management and support services to their customers an opportunity to still bring the Microsoft Cloud to these customers and to be their trusted advisors.

The Discover Value tool provides an opportunity to help determine if Microsoft 365 would meet the needs of your business. This tool takes you through a brief assessment of process improvement opportunities tied to your business objectives and identifies Microsoft 365 capabilities that meet your needs. At the end of this process you will receive:

  1. Discover Value Report: a personalized solution tailored to address your business challenges, priorities and offer recommendations that will maximize value for your business.
  2. Forrester Report: the potential return on your investment for your industry segment.
  3. Engagement Opportunity: visit the Microsoft Customer Immersion Experience portal for a hands on exploration of the Microsoft 365 solution

What:

GoFirst Cloud Services enables consultation, scoping & design, setup, deployment, migration, management and support services at a predetermined rate which partners can offer to their customers.

When:

GoFirst Cloud Services can be utilised for different predetermined Office 365, Dynamics 365, Enterprise Mobility and Azure scenarios with clear in-scope and out-of-scope differentiation options.

It really depends on the customer requirements.

Where:

GoFirst Cloud Services are delivered as a remote deployment services across the CSP subscription based products: Office 365, Enterprise Mobility and Security.

More goes into the typical Dynamics 365 and Azure products and therefore would typically require scoping and design, integration and alternative pre-work prior to solution implementation. These services would typically first need to be scoped before quotations would be provided. As a value add First Distribution would offer these consultation services free of charge.

GoFirst Cloud Services are enabled remotely across South Africa & West/East and Central Africa including IOI, Nigeria and SADC.

How:

  1. The GoFirst Cloud Services catalogue (SOW) will be provided to partners who wish to register and take part in this program.
  2. Consultation Services on Azure and Dynamics 365 can be initiated on request to: microsoft.CSP@firstdistribution.co.za
  3. Subscription-based orders for licensing including GoFirst Cloud Services can be send to: microsoft.CSP@firstdistribution.co.za
  • The GoFirst Cloud Services pre-installation document will be required with all the relevant customer details.
  • Customers will be contacted within 24 hours to step an appointment, planning and delivering of the GoFirst Cloud Service.
  • A high-level project plan with timelines will be provided to the customer.
  • The customer will be required to sign a project completion certificate.

Support will be provided by First Distribution:
support@firstforcloud.com
0861 00 99 88

Introducing Microsoft 365

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Introducing Microsoft 365

A complete, intelligent solution, including Office 365, Windows 10, and Enterprise Mobility + Security, that empowers everyone to be creative and work together, securely.

Unlocks creativity

  • Work naturally with ink, voice, and touch.
  • Visualize information in new ways.
  • Create compelling content with Intelligent apps.
  • Build on the work & expertise of others.

Built for teamwork

  • Enterprise-class email, voice, and video.
  • Connect everyone with company-wide communities.
  • Share and collaborate on documents in real time.
  • Includes Microsoft Teams, the new chat-based workspace.

Integrated for simplicity

  • Always up to date.
  • Self-service deployment.
  • Cloud-based management.
  • Rich telemetry from your environment.
  • Reduce TCO with consolidated solutions.

Intelligent security

  • Protect identity, apps, data & devices.
  • Thwart advanced threats.
  • Manage data archiving, governance & discovery.
  • Powered by Microsoft Intelligent Security Graph.
  • Accelerate GDPR compliance.
Microsoft 365 E3 Microsoft 365 E5
Office applications Word, Excel, PowerPoint

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Email & calendar Outlook, Exchange

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Chat-based workspace Microsoft Teams

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Voice, video & meetings Skype for Business

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PSTN Conferencing, Cloud PBX

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Social & intranet SharePoint, Yammer

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Threat protection Microsoft Advanced Threat Analytics, Windows Defender Antivirus, Device Guard

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Microsoft Advanced Threat Analytics, Windows Defender Antivirus, Device Guard

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Identity & access management Azure Active Directory P1, Windows Hello and Credential Guard

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Azure Active Directory P2

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Device & app management Microsoft Intune

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Information protection                 Feature

Office 365 Data Loss Prevention, Windows Information Protection and BitLocker, Azure Information Protection P1

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Azure Information Protection P2, Microsoft Cloud App Security, Office 365 Cloud App Security

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Advanced compliance Advanced eDiscovery, Customer Lockbox, Advanced Data Governance

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Analytics Delve

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Power BI Pro, MyAnalytics

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The Discover Value tool provides an opportunity to help determine if Microsoft 365 would meet the needs of your business. This tool takes you through a brief assessment of process improvement opportunities tied to your business objectives and identifies Microsoft 365 capabilities that meet your needs. At the end of this tool you will receive:

  1. Discover Value Report: a personalized solution tailored to address your business challenges, priorities and offer recommendations that will maximize value for your business.
  2. Forrester Report: the potential return on your investment for your industry segment.
  3. Engagement Opportunity: visit the Microsoft Customer Immersion Experience portal for a hands on exploration of the Microsoft 365 solution

Discover value

Click below to discover the value that Microsoft 365 can provide to your organization

For more information about Microsoft Office 365, and the benefits it has to offer your business, please contact us on Microsoft.csp@firstdistribution.co.za

Maximize the impact of your firstline workforce

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Microsoft 365 Firstline Workers – Maximize the impact of your firstline workforce

Firstline workers are the lifeblood of your customer’s in the manufacturing, retail, healthcare, government, and many other sectors. They are the first in line to engage with your customer’s important and valued clients, they represent your customer’s company brand, and see products and services in action. In short, they are the face and backbone of each unique organization.

Maximize the impact of your firstline workforce with Microsoft 365 New F1 Plans

The new Microsoft Office 365 F1 plans have been created and released to replace the Microsoft Office 365 K Plans. These plans have been designed to connect and engage Firstline workers.

The new F1 Plans are purposely built to meet varied demands across multiple industries and deliver key capabilities to manage and unlock skills, knowledge, and expertise of your firstline workforce.

Reliability
Security
Privacy
Administration
Up to date
Active Directory integration
Support

What does it cost?

Office 365 F1 (Corporate)

For people in your organization without a dedicated PC that need occasional access to web email, internal sites and documents with Office Online.

$3.40

R46.30

Office 365 F1 (Government Pricing)

For people in your organization without a dedicated PC that need occasional access to web email, internal sites and documents with Office Online.

$3.40

R46.30

What’s included in the new plans:

Email and calendars Business-class email through a rich and familiar Outlook browser experience. Included is a 2 GB per user mailbox, attachments up to 150 MB, anti-malware protection, and anti-spam filtering. Exchange ActiveSync (EAS) is supported for phones and POP support for desktop email clients.
Instant Messaging, Presence, and Meetings Allow users to Connect with co-workers by using Skype for Business web and basic clients and attend Skype for Business broadcast meetings in a browser or on nearly any device.
Chat-based workspace Connect teams with Microsoft Teams in Office 365 and bring together chat, content, people, and tools in one place so your teams have instant access to everything they need.
File storage and sharing OneDrive for Business gives each user 2GB of personal cloud storage that is accessible from anywhere. Easily share documents and send email attachments and control who can see and edit each file.
Intranet access Provide secure access to company intranet resources such as training content, reference material, and company news and information from a browser and on mobile devices with the SharePoint Mobile App.
Corporate social network Discuss ideas, share updates, and crowdsource answers from coworkers across your organization. Yammer gives you a faster, smarter way to connect and collaborate across your company.
Office Online Create and edit Word, OneNote, PowerPoint, and Excel documents in the browser versions of the Office applications.
Workday management Microsoft StaffHub helps firstline workers manage their work days with schedule management, information sharing, and the ability to connect to other work-related apps and resources from a mobile device or browser.
Professional digital storytelling With Sway, you can easily create engaging, interactive web-based reports, presentations, newsletters, trainings, and more—right from your phone, tablet, or browser. Sways are easy to share and look great on any screen.
Enterprise video service Create, manage, and share videos securely across your organization. Microsoft Stream makes it easy for everyone to collaborate with video to stay connected to the content that matters most.
Workflow automation Build automated workflows between apps and services to get notifications, synchronize files, collect data, and more with Microsoft Flow – no coding required.
Web and mobile app development Quickly build and publish custom business apps for web and mobile with PowerApps. Choose from templates or start from scratch to extend your business data – no coding required.
Apps for Office and SharePoint New third-party and customer-developed apps work with Office and SharePoint to bring web services right into your documents and sites.

For more information about Microsoft Office 365, and the benefits it has to offer your business, please contact us on Microsoft.csp@firstdistribution.co.za

Public Cloud transformation for identity protection

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An easy and obvious first step into Public Cloud transformation for identity protection

In today’s business age, it is imperative to enable directory synchronization for all users across your business – a key enabler for single sign-on is Azure Active Directory (Azure AD).

With Azure AD you can now seamlessly integrate identity management capabilities including multi-factor authentication, device registration, role-based access control, and security monitoring and alerting.

Deploying domain controllers in Azure is an important step in providing a business with resilient identity.  By taking precautions like you would for on-premise environments, you can have a safe and secure cloud environment.

The best practices listed are not an exhaustive list of all configurations and settings that you should implement to have a secure domain controller environment in the cloud.  It is however a a great guideline to get started with Azure Active Directory. The information needs to be applied to the specific security requirements and standards your customer requires.

The following guidelines has been provided by Mike Hacker:

  • Review the guide for hosting Active Directory domain controllers in Azure.
  • Use a dedicated Azure storage account for Active Directory domain controller disks.
  • Ensure that the storage container for the domain controller’s OS and data disks is set to private access type (this is the default for new containers).
  • Use role based access control (RBAC) to limit who has access to manage the storage account and access keys.
  • Enable Azure Disk Encryption with key encryption key (KEK) for both the operating system and data disks.   This will utilize Azure Key Vault for storing the keys.   The Key Vault must reside in the same Azure region and subscription as the virtual machine.
  • Use RBAC to limit who has access to manage the Key Vault.
  • Keep domain controllers in their own virtual network subnet.
  • Implement an incoming deny all network security group rule on the domain controller subnet and then configure only the required ports for the domain controllers.
  • Set a static IP for the domain controller using PowerShell or the Azure Management Portal.  Never set a static IP address directly in the operating system.  You must always set the operating system to use DHCP.
  • Do not set public IP addresses on domain controllers.

Turn relationships into revenue by bringing digital intelligence into every deal

Sku Description WECA SA
Azure Active Directory Basic A robust set of capabilities to empower organizations with more demanding needs on identity and access management. $0.91 R11.74
Azure Active Directory Premium P1 A robust set of capabilities to empower organizations with more demanding needs on identity and access management. $5.45 R70.47
Azure Active Directory Premium P2 A comprehensive cloud Identity and access management solution with advanced identity protection for all your users and administrators $8.18 R105.70

For more information about Microsoft Dymanics 365, and the benefits it has to offer your business, please contact us on Microsoft.csp@firstdistribution.co.za

Dynamics 365 – Winning the sale with digital intelligence

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Sales in Dynamics 365 – A guide to winning the sale with digital intelligence

Turn relationships into revenue with Dynamics 365 for Sales

Go beyond sales force automation by bringing digital intelligence into each deal to better predict your customer’s needs—and deliver the personal attention that builds relationships and revenue.

Focus and act on the right priorities

Take action with confidence. Derive meaningful intelligence from large amounts of complex data to provide sellers with contextual, actionable insights that are easy to understand.

  • Increase sales velocity by identifying prospects most likely to buy based on predictive intelligence
  • Know where to focus with insights that reveal relationship health and risk
  • Spot buying signals, identify competitive threats, and keep a pulse on the market with social media
Foster customer relationships through authentic, personal engagement

Unify your sales experience around relationships. With relationship-centered insights, you’ll deliver the personal engagement that your customers demand.

  • Identify, understand, and connect with customers through social networks
  • Engage through sharing of personalised and relevant content
  • Build trust with continuous insights and recommendations based on actual customer needs
Spend more time selling & less time on admin

Increase revenue, boost productivity, gain key insights, and reduce costs when you automate your sales processes through a highly intuitive interface and Microsoft Office-embedded capabilities.

  • Work anytime, anywhere with familiar, intuitive productivity tools, such as mobile apps that provide contextual news, social data, and task flows
  • Know what steps to take next to close deals faster by using process automation and a guided sales process
  • Recruit, onboard, and strengthen your partner channel through deeper enablement and activation
Create a culture that nurtures success

Accelerate your sales performance with real-time analytics based on historical data and predictive information. Inspire, on-board, coach, and motivate your team to achieve more.

  • Get answers fast using dashboards, contextual charts, and Power BI Q&A for natural language queries
  • Hit your numbers by setting goals, monitoring results, and providing feedback and coaching in real time
  • Energise everyone on your sales team with fun and exciting competitions through gamification

Connect sales and marketing with Dynamics 365 for Marketing

Creating a seamless customer experience starts with well-connected tools. Unify your sales and marketing with Adobe Marketing Cloud and Dynamics 365 for a complete view of your customer. Know about all the interactions customers have had with you to help create a seamless experience for them—whether they’re responding to your marketing campaigns or speaking with your sales team.

  • Deliver consistent messaging between sales and marketing
  • Increase retention rates, reduce sales cycles, and increase close rates
  • Drive revenue and marketing ROI with campaign management tools

Targeted, personalised digital marketing starts with a comprehensive web content management solution. By combining Microsoft Azure with Adobe Marketing Cloud solutions, you’ll deliver compelling customer experiences that drive your business.

Turn relationships into revenue by bringing digital intelligence into every deal

Plan: Pricing:
Dynamics 365 for Sales Enterprise Edition R1,046.01
Dynamics 365 for Sales Enterprise Edition (SMB Offer) R411.06
Dynamics 365 for Sales and Customer Service, Enterprise Editions (SMB Offer – max 50 users) R715.69

The Sales Productivity Solution by the numbers

Forrester recently worked with Microsoft to analyse the total economic impact their Sales Productivity Solution has had on a number of its customers.

For more information about Microsoft Dymanics 365, and the benefits it has to offer your business, please contact us on Microsoft.csp@firstdistribution.co.za

3 Motions to Win with Azure SQL

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3 Motions to Win with Azure

The data landscape is changing. This opens a big opportunity for businesses. Build data into all your apps, deliver powerful insights over big data and the ability to modernise your apps with built-in analytics are only some of the potential Azure SQL Database offers.

Make building and maintaining applications easier and more productive. With built-in intelligence that learns app patterns and adapts to maximize performance, reliability, and data protection, Azure SQL Database is a cloud database built for developers.

Microsoft Azure allows you to quickly deploy infrastructures and services to meet all your business needs. You can run Windows and Linux based applications in 36 Azure datacenter regions, delivered with enterprise grade SLAs.

  • Pay only for what you use
  • Per minute billing
  • No termination fees
  • No upfront costs

47% staff hours reclaimed for other tasks
“Moving to Elastic Pools will save us a ½ million dollars this year alone.”

75% faster app deployment cycles
“We can get things out faster with Azure SQL Database”

53% less expensive than on-prem/hosted
“To be able to do what we’re doing in Azure, we’d need an investment of millions.”

Built-in security with AI-based Threat Detection
“We encrypt when data comes in and decrypt at the point of consumption.”

Cost Estimates:

Single Database (5 Database Transactional Units) – (Basic)

$4.71 /
R63.60*

Single Database (10 DTU’s) – (Standard)

$14.15 /
R191.03*

Single Database (125 DTU’s) – (*Premium RS)

$109.68 / R1480.68*

Single Database (125 DTU’s) – (*Premium)

$438.73 / R5922.85*

*ROE dependent

*Premium RS – Designed for IO-intensive workloads where a limited durability guarantee and lower SLA is acceptable. Premium RS runs with a lower number of redundant copies, which means that in case of a potential service failure scenario, a recovery from a backup representing up to a five-minute lag in data capture may be required.

*Premium – designed for IO-intensive production workloads with high-availability and zero downtime. Premium is fault-tolerant and automatically handles read and write availability with a 99.99% availability SLA.

With Azure SQL Database, you now have an intelligent database service with infinite ability to scale. The benefits are remarkable and delivers 406% ROI and 71% fewer cases of downtime*

The power of SQL Server: Everything built-in

So how can you win?

  • Enable hybrid data models
  • Migrate legacy app DBs to Azure
  • Upgrade business-critical apps

SQL Server 2016 Delivers unparalleled performance

Engineered for security from the ground up

For more information on Azure SQL database please visit: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/services/sql-database/

For more information about Microsoft Azure, and the benefits it has to offer your business, please contact us on Microsoft.csp@firstdistribution.co.za

Exchange Online with Advanced Threat Protection

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Exchange Online with Advanced Threat Protection

It’s easier than ever to protect your organisation from external threats for only.

In today’s world, it is critical to maintain control over your environment. Maintain control over your environment while gaining email protection from Microsoft.

Have the power to STAY IN CONTROL of your email environment in real time against unknown and sophisticated attacks which does not break the bank…

Get enterprise-class reliability and protect against spam and malware, while maintaining access to email during and after emergencies. Exchange Online Protection provides a layer of protection features that are deployed across a global network of datacenters, helping you simplify the administration of your messaging environments.

Get Exchange Online + Advanced Threat Protection for only R68.00

Benefits:

  •  Secure your mailboxes against advanced threats
  • Protect your environment against unsafe attachments
  • Protect your environment when users click malicious links
  • Get rich reporting and track links in messages

Key Features:

New malware campaigns are being launched every day, and Office 365 has a solution to help protect your email against them. With Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection, you can protect your mailboxes against new, sophisticated attacks in real time. By protecting against unsafe attachments and expanding protection against malicious links, it complements the security features of Exchange Online Protection to provide better zero-day protection.

New malware campaigns are being launched every day, and Office 365 has a solution to help protect your email against them. With Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection, you can protect your mailboxes against new, sophisticated attacks in real time. By protecting against unsafe attachments and expanding protection against malicious links, it complements the security features of Exchange Online Protection to provide better zero-day protection.

Exchange Online Protection provides protection against malicious links by scanning content. Safe Links expands on this by protecting your environment when users click a link. While the content is being scanned, the URLs are rewritten to go through Office 365. The URLs are examined in real time, at the time a user clicks them. If a link is unsafe, the user is warned not to visit the site or informed that the site has been blocked. Reporting is available, so administrators can track which users clicked a link and when they clicked it.

Gain critical insights into who is being targeted in your organization and the category of attacks you are facing. Reporting and message trace allow you to investigate messages that have been blocked due to unknown viruses or malware, while URL trace capability allows you to track individual malicious links in the messages that have been clicked.

How to buy Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection

You can add Advanced Threat Protection to any of the following Exchange and Office 365 subscription plans: Exchange Online Plan 1, Exchange Online Plan 2, Exchange Online Kiosk, Exchange Online Protection, Office 365 Business Essentials, Office 365 Business Premium, Office 365 Enterprise E1, Office 365 Enterprise E2, Office 365 Enterprise E3, Office 365 Enterprise E4, Office 365 Enterprise K1, Office 365 Enterprise K2, Office 365 Education.

Customers with subscriptions to select Exchange or Office 365 plans can add Advanced Threat Protection

for only R23.00 per user.

For more information about Microsoft Azure, and the benefits it has to offer your business, please contact us on Microsoft.csp@firstdistribution.co.za

Microsoft Azure Site Recovery

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WHAT IF YOUR VIRTUAL ENVIRONMENT SWELTERS?

Automated replication to help protect your services

  • No upfront cost
  • No termination fees
  • Pay only for what you use

All businesses need a business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR) strategy to mitigate financial and reputational risk. But how do you keep your workloads and data safe and available during planned and unplanned downtime, and recover to regular working conditions as soon as possible.

What is your insurance policy?

When it comes to developing a disaster recovery strategy, many businesses believe that data backup is enough to keep them protected in the time of a crisis. However, it’s important to understand that while data backup is an important facet of any disaster recovery (DR) strategy, the two are not interchangeable.

While many people often use the terms ‘data backup’ and ‘disaster recovery’ interchangeably, this is incorrect. The key differentiator when it comes to DR vs. backup is that DR replicates data and technology functions in real time to an offsite location, and will enable a firm to restore operations to an offsite location immediately, preventing interruptions to the workday if an event renders the primary work site unusable. In contrast, data backup is a copy of a company’s data files that are made by taking routine snapshots either once daily, or overnight, to a physical tape located onsite or to a virtual tape library offsite.

Our recommendation:

Azure Site Recovery is a service that contributes to your BCDR strategy. Using Site Recovery, you can deploy application-aware replication to the Cloud, or to a secondary site. Whether your apps are Windows or Linux-based, running on physical servers, VMware or Hyper-V, you can use Site Recovery to orchestrate replication, perform disaster recovery testing, and run failovers and failback.

Site Recovery integrates with Microsoft applications, including SharePoint, Exchange, Dynamics, SQL Server and Active Directory. Microsoft also works closely with leading vendors including Oracle, SAP, IBM and Red Hat. You can customise replication solutions on an app-by-app basis.

But what does this cost?

There is no reason why you need to replicate your current infrastructure environment to enable site recovery. Public cloud, now more than ever, plays a significant role in reducing the relevant expenses associated to enabling DR.

  • Azure Site Recovery to Azure for as little as R318.50 (per instance protected)
  • Block Blob (GRS), (HOT) Storage at R0.67 per GB

* While using Site Recovery to Azure, you will incur charges for storage, storage transactions  and outbound data transfer.
* Makes multiple synchronous copies of your data within a single datacentre, plus multiple asynchronous copies to a second datacentre hundreds of miles away.
* When you create a Blob Storage Account, you can set the access tier as Cool or Hot. Cool tier has a lower cost of storing data but a higher cost of accessing data, and it should be used for data that is not frequently accessed, and has lower availability SLA requirements.

Author: Natasha Bezuidenhout

For more information about Microsoft Azure, and the benefits it has to offer your business, please contact us on Microsoft.csp@firstdistribution.co.za

Microsoft Azure Backup

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Simple and reliable cloud-integrated backup as a service

Azure Backup is a simple and cost-effective backup as a service (BaaS) solution, that gives you trusted tools on-premises with rich and powerful tools in the cloud. It delivers strong protection for customer data wherever it resides—in your enterprise datacenter, remote and branch offices, or the public cloud—while being sensitive to the unique requirements these scenarios pose.

Automatic Storage Management

  • When using heterogeneous storage, there is no cost for using on-premises storage devices.
  • Azure Backup automatically allocates and manages backup storage, and it uses a pay-as-you-use model.
  • Pay-as-you-use means that you only pay for the storage that you consume.

Unlimited Scaling

  • Azure Backup uses the underlying power and unlimited scale of the Azure cloud to deliver high-availability – with no maintenance or monitoring overhead.
  • You can set up alerts to provide information about events, but you don’t need to worry about high-availability for your data in the cloud.

Multiple Storage Options

Azure Backup offers two types of replication: locally redundant storage and geo-redundant storage.

  • Locally Redundant Storage (LRS) replicates three times in a paired datacentre in the same region.
  • LRS is a low-cost option for protecting your data from local hardware failures.
  • Geo-Redundant Storage (GRS) replicates your data to a secondary region
  • GRS costs more than LRS, but provides a higher level of durability for your data.

Unlimited Data Transfer

  • Azure Backup does not limit the amount of inbound or outbound data you transfer.
  • Does not charge for the data that is transferred
  • However, if you use the Azure Import/Export service to import large amounts of data, there is a cost associated with inbound data.

Data Encryption

  • Data encryption allows for secure transmission and storage of your data in the public cloud.
  • You store the encryption passphrase locally, and it is never transmitted or stored in Azure.
  • If it is necessary to restore any of the data, only you have encryption passphrase, or key.

Application-Consistent Backup

  • Whether backing up a file server, virtual machine, or SQL database, you need to know that a recovery point has all required data to restore the backup copy.
  • Azure Backup provides application-consistent backups, which ensured additional fixes are not needed to restore the data.
  • Restoring application consistent data reduces the restoration time, allowing you to quickly return to a running state.

Long-Term Retention

  • Back up data to Azure for 99 years.
  • Instead of switching backup copies from disk to tape, and then moving the tape to an off-site location for long-term storage, you can use Azure for short-term and long-term retention.

What does it cost?

1 instance(s),500 GB, 500 GB LRS of storage

R280.00

1 instance(s), 1 TB, 1 TB LRS of storage

R700.00

1 instance(s), 2 TB, 2 TB LRS of storage

R1270.00

*Azure Backup cost estimate
*ROE dependant

For more information about Microsoft Azure, and the benefits it has to offer your business, please contact us on Microsoft.csp@firstdistribution.co.za

Archiving to the Cloud

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Archiving to the Cloud

Ideal solution for when you want to add cloud-based archiving to primary mailboxes

With all of the messages and electronic files that are sent via email in support of daily business activities, one would think that companies would find it just as important to manage that electronic content. Unfortunately, one important task many organizations seem to overlook is archiving email. Not only is archiving email a business best practice, it is often required by regulations that govern your business.

As much as 75% of a company’s intellectual property is contained within email and messaging systems. This means that your email solution is more than just a vital business communications tool. It constitutes an electronic substitute of legal business documentation.

With Exchange Online Archiving for Exchange Server, you have control of your customer’s messaging data by providing additional Cloud based email storage.  For R34 per user, with Exchange Online Archiving for Exchange Server you can now provide your customer’s with a solution that looks after archiving, compliance, regulatory, and e-discovery challenges, while simplifying your on-premises infrastructure.

Africa South Africa
Exchange Online via Office 365: Messaging, calendaring, and email archiving plan accessible from Outlook on PCs, the Web and mobile devices. $3.40 R46.64
Plus Archiving: Exchange Online Archiving for Exchange Server $2.55  R34.00
Total: $5.95  R80.64

Microsoft Exchange Online Archiving for Exchange Server provides you the following advantages:

Help meet long-term retention requirements :
Cloud-based archives allow you to store large quantities of messaging data off-site in secure and controlled datacenters. Exchange Online Archiving helps your organization meet regulatory compliance or business requirements for long-term retention of e-mail.

Help meet eDiscovery and litigation hold requirements :
With cloud-based archives for your on-premises mailbox users, you can perform seamless discovery searches across both the on-premises primary mailbox and the cloud-based archive. When users are placed on litigation hold in your on-premises organization, their cloud-based archive is also placed on hold.

Lower storage costs :
Moving historical e-mail data to a cloud-based archive allows you to reduce your organization’s storage requirements. You can provision users’ primary mailboxes with appropriate mailbox quotas, which keeps mailbox sizes in control and your storage costs low.

Provide Anywhere Access :
Cloud-based archive mailboxes are similar to an on-premises archive mailbox. Using Outlook 2010, Outlook 2007 or Outlook Web App, users are able to access older messages and content in the archive transparently, without requiring any additional configuration on their computers.

What is Exchange Online Archiving?

Microsoft Exchange Online Archiving for Exchange Server  is a cloud-based, enterprise-class archiving solution for your Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 1 (SP1) or later on-premises organization.

With Exchange Online Archiving, your organization can host your users’ primary mailboxes on your on-premises servers and store their historical e-mail data in cloud-based archive mailboxes.

Moving Data to a Cloud-Based Archive

You can use retention policies to move messages to a user’s cloud-based archive. When you enable an archive, the default retention policy called Default Archive and Retention Policy is automatically applied to the user. This policy has a default policy tag (DPT) assigned that moves items to the archive mailbox after two years.

Users can also move messages to their archive by using the following methods:

  1. Apply archive policies to individual messages or folders. Archive policies are implemented by creating personal tags that use the Move to Archive
  2. Use Inbox rules to either move messages to a folder that has an archive policy assigned or have the rule apply an archive policy to the message itself.
  3. Move messages manually in Outlook or Outlook Web App.

For all these operations, the cloud-based archive behaviour is similar to a personal archive.

Exporting Data from a Cloud-Based Archive

Users can move messages from their cloud-based archive to their primary mailbox by using Outlook or Outlook Web App. Users can also move or export messages to a .pst file by using Outlook.

To protect your organization’s messaging data, you can disable users’ ability to move messages from their primary mailbox or cloud-based archive to a .pst file or another mailbox. To do this, use Registry entries or the group policy settings included in the Office 2010 Administrative Templates.

You can also export a cloud-based archive to a .pst file by first moving it to an on-premises Mailbox server and then creating a mailbox export request.

For more information about Microsoft Azure, and the benefits it has to offer your business, please contact us on Microsoft.csp@firstdistribution.co.za