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July 2017

What is Virtual Desktop Infrastructure

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 What is Virtual Desktop Infratructure?

What is Virtual Desktop Infrastructure?

VDI or Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, simply put, is a computer in the cloud. Your computer in the cloud gives you Windows 10 with Microsoft Office to provide your business with cutting edge IT technology and mobility while ensuring the best performance and security for your users. We teamed up with the world’s best workstation, server and backup technology vendors and built a virtual platform for “small office” networks to flourish in our cloud based system.

  • Daily backups that go back 30 days.
  • Monthly backups for 12 months.
  • Secure, shared network drives within your organizations file level access.
  • Microsoft workstations platforms either Windows 7 or Windows 10.
  • Uniform wall paper synchronization, for that personal touch or to share some internal unified business strategies.
  • Latest Microsoft Office Package.
  • Mobility – login to your machine from anywhere in the world.
  • Multi device platform – you can login through your laptop, desktop, iPad, tablet and even your smart phone.
  • 10Gb of disk space per user.
  • No shared drives between users.

99% Uptime. Service for uptime is free (to make sure the VDI is available).

Pricing Info on the Solutions:

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure – Silver Cloud Package Virtual Desktop Infrastructure – Gold Cloud Package 1 Additional 5GB Network Share 5GB Additional Storage
R499.00 per month R2395.00 per month R25.00 per month R12.00 per month

* All prices are exclusive of VAT

For more information on First for Cloud’s range of Websore solutions, please contact Dana.Cinman@firstdistribution.co.za

First for Cloud Masterclass: Selling Microsoft Azure

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First for Cloud Masterclass: Selling Microsoft Azure

Azure includes many services that were made to help enterprises in many ways and different areas. Whether it’s aiding in application development, analysing data and collecting insights, building infrastructure or managing access – the enterprise of today stands to gain from Microsoft Azure.

Getting Certified

As a Cloud solutions provider, your knowledge of these services, benefits and features is crucial to be able to convey your confidence in the solution to a customer. Be sure to visit azure.microsoft.com for extensive guidelines on each of these points, and more.

It is also important to ensure that your team members have obtained the right technical certification in order to start selling Azure. A good starting point is “Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions”, followed by “Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions”. These, and several other certification courses, can be found on azure.microsoft.com

In addition, knowing and understanding your product will prepare you to respond to questions and concerns that the customer might have.

Addressing common Azure enquiries

1 – How organisations benefit from Microsoft Azure

With Azure, moving applications from on-site servers to the cloud becomes a fast and pain-free process which alleviates costs and possible obstacles associated with the following:

  • Easily scaling up or down on cloud infrastructure, depending on the customer’s needs.
  • No need for the capital fee related to purchasing new server hardware.
  • Azure gives businesses global reach with great ease – running their services in data-centres globally.
  • Using a virtual machine, or VM, to build new cloud-native applications or moving existing applications from on-site servers to the cloud.

2 – The cost involved in using Microsoft Azure

Microsoft offers an Azure pricing calculator to help customers determine what services they need; this allows the customer to only pay for what they use – eliminating the need for upfront investment and infrastructure costs.

Be sure to visit the Azure Sales Learning Path for comprehensive training resources on all the features and options of Microsoft Azure, and go the extra mile in learning more about the finer details of the solution.

Real world examples of organisations leveraging Microsoft Azure

1 – Setting a fast pace to the cloud: College transforms IT in just six months

San Joaquin Valley College

Established in 1977 in Visalia, California, San Joaquin Valley College (SJVC) is a for-profit junior college with 15 campuses, an online division, and more than 20 certificate and associate of science degree programs in multiple disciplines. To gain better uptime and simplify IT management, SJVC decided to move its learning management system and other infrastructure from on-premises to Microsoft Azure and Office 365. With help from Microsoft FastTrack, SJVC transformed its technology environment within six months and continues to innovate.

2 – Why is BitTitan still growing 50–100 percent a year after 10 years?

BitTitan

To sharpen its marketing and sales, BitTitan—which provides solutions to help IT service providers run their businesses—turned to Microsoft Azure and Microsoft Power BI. Now, it understands social media response to its product launches and other marketing fast enough to optimize its messaging and boost engagement numbers. Additionally, BitTitan used Microsoft technology to improve the quality of leads it offered as sales inducements to its partners—boosting their businesses along with its own.

3 – Which cloud helps FUJIFILM cut latency by 95 percent for a superb customer experience?

FujiFilm Software Co., Ltd.

FUJIFILM Software took a major step on its journey to the cloud by transforming its popular IMAGE WORKS image file management and sharing service in Microsoft Azure platform as a service. Beyond higher reliability and lower latency, FUJIFILM now has a system that delivers greater customer satisfaction. And it can add new features and releases faster and more frequently, giving it the agility to thrive in an increasingly competitive market.

To learn more about these, and other case studies using Microsoft Azure,
visit azure.microsoft.com/en-in/case-studies/


For more information on Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider Partner Program, please contact us on Microsoft.csp@firstdistribution.co.za

SUPER ENABLEMENT – Benefit from Intelligent Applications

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The Power of Power BI in the Cloud Solution Provider Program

What is Power BI?

Power BI is a cloud- based business analytics service that gives you a single view of your most critical business data.

Fast and easy access to Data
A live 360 degree view of your Business
Data discovery and exploration
Fast and easy access to Data
A live 360 degree view of your Business
Data discovery and exploration

Power BI Pro – Share and collaborate

  • Build dashboards that deliver a 360-degree, real-time view of the business
  • Keep data up-to-date automatically, including on-premises sources
  • Collaborate on shared data
  • Audit and govern how data is accessed and used
  • Package content and distribute to users with apps
Power BI Pro A cloud-based business analytics service that enables anyone to visualize and analyze data with greater speed, efficiency, and understanding. Power BI Pro provides extended data source support, data capacity, team collaboration and admin capabilities. $8,50

Africa

R115,60

South Africa

Power BI Premium – Scale large deployments

  • Gain dedicated capacity you allocate, scale, and control
  • Distribute and embed content without purchasing per-user licenses
  • Publish reports on-premises with Power BI Report Server

Power BI Premium provides resources dedicated to running the Power BI service for your organization or team, giving you more dependable performance and larger data volumes. Premium also enables widespread distribution of content without requiring you to purchase per-user licenses for viewers.

Power BI Premium is licensed by capacity. This means that a Power BI Pro licence will still be required for users publishing reports, but consumers will no longer need to be licensed if their organisation is covered by Power BI Premium.

For more information: https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/power-bi-premium/

How does Capacity based Licensing work?

  • Power Bi Premium is licensed by Nodes. A node is a way of purchasing a certain number of virtual cores, memory and bandwidth, dedicated to that customer, that will be sufficient to power the required BI system.
  • With Power BI Report Server, you are able to do Hybrid Deployments. When you purchase Power BI Premium you can use the same number of cores that you’ve purchased in the cloud with Power BI Report Server on-premises.

How does one calculate how much capacity is required?

There is a calculator available to help you determine how much capacity is required. We recommend you use the calculator to spec your scenario and engage with us for pricing.

Find it on: https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/calculator/

Report Server for Hybrid Deployments:

Power BI Report Server is an on-premises server that enables Power BI Pro users to publish Power BI reports and distribute them broadly across the enterprise, without requiring report consumers to be licensed individually per user. Organizations now have the flexibility to publish their Power BI reports to the cloud (Power BI service), or manage them on-premises (Power BI Report Server) and move to the cloud at their pace.

Power BI Embedded:

Power BI Embedded is an Azure service that enables ISVs and app developers to surface Power BI data experiences within their applications. As a developer, you’ve built applications, and those applications have their own users and distinct set of features. Those apps may also happen to have some built-in data elements like charts and reports that can now be powered by Microsoft Power BI Embedded. You don’t need a Power BI account to use your app. You can continue to sign in to your application just like before, and view and interact with the Power BI reporting experience without requiring any additional licensing.

For more information: https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/power-bi-embedded/

For more information on Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider Partner Program, please contact us on Microsoft.csp@firstdistribution.co.za

SUPER ENABLEMENT – Help your customers Work smarter, anywhere

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Help your customers Work smarter, anywhere, with hosted email for business

Enterprise-class applications like Exchange Server can be challenging, time-consuming and costly for small businesses with no in-house IT department to support. Because of this, businesses are increasingly turning to hosted and / or cloud based services as an alternative to capital expenditure; including software and hardware costs, the skills required to maintain such environments and any costs associated in keeping those environments running.

By “renting” access to third party hosted applications, your customers alleviate the problems that licensing, deploying and maintaining specialized applications come with.

With Exchange Online, you can help your customers increase user productivity and keep their organization safe, while maintaining the control you need.

Security and reliability:

Exchange Online helps protect your information with advanced capabilities. Anti-malware and anti-spam filtering protect mailboxes. Data loss prevention capabilities prevent users from mistakenly sending sensitive information to unauthorized people. Globally redundant servers, premier disaster recovery capabilities, and a team of security experts monitoring Exchange Online around the clock safeguard your data. With a guaranteed 99.9% uptime, you can count on your email always being up and running.

Stay in control:

Maintain control over your environment while gaining the advantage of hosting your email on Microsoft servers. Manage your organization efficiently with the Exchange admin center, an easy-to-use, web-based interface. Run In-Place eDiscovery across Exchange, SharePoint, and Skype for Business data from a single interface through the eDiscovery Center. And IT-level phone support is available to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Easy to use and maintain:

It’s easier than ever to provide your users with the business email they need to stay productive. Automatic patching eliminates the time and effort of maintaining your system. Give your users an In-Place Archive, so they can keep all their important data in one place. And provide them with anywhere access to email, calendar, and contacts on all major browsers and across devices. Integration with Outlook means they’ll enjoy a rich, familiar email experience with offline access.

With Office 365 Exchange Online, Microsoft Office 365 gives you access to email, calendar, and contacts from virtually anywhere, at any time, on desktops, laptops, and certain mobile devices including PCs, MAC computers, iPhones, Android phones, and BlackBerry smartphones – while it helps to protect against viruses and spam.

Get business email and increase productivity, while keeping your organization safe:

  • Do more, on any device
  • Protect sensitive data
  • Enjoy bigger and more reliable mailboxes
Exchange Online Plan 1  R45.00 per user per month Exchange Plan 2 R92.00 per user month
Secure and reliable business-class email with a 50 GB mailbox per user. All the features of Exchange Online Plan 1, plus unlimited storage, hosted voicemail, and data loss protection.
Large mailboxes

Each user gets 50 GB of mailbox storage and can send messages up to 150 MB in size.

Large mailboxes

Each user gets 100 GB of mailbox storage and can send messages up to 150 MB in size.

Outlook support

Users can connect supported versions of Outlook to Exchange Online, so they can use the rich client application they already know.

Outlook support

Users can connect supported versions of Outlook to Exchange Online, so they can use the rich client application they already know.

Web-based access

For web-client access, Outlook on the web provides a premium browser-based experience that matches the look and feel of the full Outlook client.

Web-based access

For web-client access, Outlook on the web provides a premium browser-based experience that matches the look and feel of the full Outlook client.

Inbox management

Stay focused on the most important messages with Clutter, which applies machine learning to clean up your inbox and set up rules that match the way you work.

Inbox management

Stay focused on the most important messages with Clutter, which applies machine learning to clean up your inbox and set up rules that match the way you work.

Shared calendar and contacts

Compare calendars to schedule meetings and access collaboration features, including shared calendars, groups, the global address list, external contacts, tasks, conference rooms, and delegation capabilities.

Shared calendar and contacts

Compare calendars to schedule meetings and access collaboration features, including shared calendars, groups, the global address list, external contacts, tasks, conference rooms, and delegation capabilities.

Security

Every mailbox is protected with premier anti-malware and anti-spam protection via Exchange Online Protection.

Security

Every mailbox is protected with premier anti-malware and anti-spam protection via Exchange Online Protection.

In-Place Archive

Keep your inbox clean by automatically moving old messages to an In-Place Archive.

In-Place Archive

Keep your inbox clean by automatically moving old messages to an In-Place Archive.

In-Place Hold

Use In-Place Hold to preserve deleted and edited mailbox items from users’ primary mailboxes and In-Place Archives.

Unlimited storage

Take advantage of unlimited storage (100 GB of storage in the user’s primary mailbox, plus unlimited storage in the user’s In-Place Archive).

Hosted voicemail

Take advantage of hosted Unified Messaging services that provide call answering, a dial-in user interface, and company automated attendant capabilities.

Data loss prevention (DLP)

Control sensitive business data with built-in DLP policies based on regulatory standards such as PII and PCI, which help to identify, monitor, and protect sensitive data through deep content analysis.

Don’t have the necessary skills to deploy Exchange Online for your customers but want to leverage the opportunity to sell it as a solution?

Become part of the First Distribution Cloud Alliance Program which provides you with access to relevant skills to deploy Exchange Online to your customers. With GoFirst Services, you as a First Distribution CSP reseller, can now sell SharePoint Online and the services attached to the sale of SharePoint to your customers. Your customer won’t know it is us…

Bronze Office 365 Remote Deployment (Exchange) Selling Price
The Basic deployment option takes care of the standard Exchange and user configuration including any Active Directory integration requirements as well as DNS integration for mail purposes.

 

Two options are available pertaining to data migration:

Excluding Data Migration: R        150.00
Including Data Migration: R        350.00

For more information on Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider Partner Program, please contact us on Microsoft.csp@firstdistribution.co.za

What is Infrascale Online Backup

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What is Infrascale Online Backup

Infrascale’s Data Protection Cloud (DPC) is an enterprise-grade direct-to-cloud backup solution that protects desktops, laptops, smartphones, tablets, and physical servers all in one solution. DPC protects your business data regardless of location, device or environment. You can securely and easily protect road warriors, branch offices and headquarters regardless of OS type or cloud deployment – public, private or hybrid.

DPC use private key encryption along with double-blind encryption so only you can view or decrypt your data in the cloud.

How does Infrascale work?

Infrascale’s Data Protection Cloud (DPC) is software that backs-up your business data directly to the cloud and can do it across all laptops, smartphones, tablets and servers at any time (even when users aren’t in the office).

DPC moves data fast and reliably to and from the cloud using Infrascale’s WAN optimization technology reducing bandwidth costs. DPC has source side and target side data deduplication along with intra-file deduplication to reduce the cost of cloud storage.

Key benefits

  • In-Country hosted service for faster backups and quicker recovery
  • Scalable – Increase storage space for backups as and when required
  • Granular recovery – Select required individual items to recover from the backup
  • User-intuitive management dashboard
  • Unique military-grade double-blind data encryption system
  • Pay-as-you-go subscription model
  • One solution to protect all your data

What is a webstore?

A First for Cloud webstore is an online partner branded shop which enables resellers to sell cloud services to your end-users. Cloud services from the top global cloud providers and vendors are supplied through the First for Cloud Catalogue, and resellers have the ability to select which services they want to resell via their own branded First for Cloud webstore.

Pricelist

Pricing – South Africa Pricing – Africa
End user price: R2.95 per GB/per month End user price: $0.18 per GB/per month

For more information on First for Cloud’s range of Websore solutions, please contact Dana.Cinman@firstdistribution.co.za

SUPER ENABLEMENT – Create, Share, Manage and Collaborate

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Help your customers Create, Share, Manage and Collaborate with SharePoint Online

SharePoint Online is a cloud- based service that helps organizations share and manage content, knowledge, and applications, as empowers seamless collaboration with colleagues, partners, and customers.

SharePoint Online delivers the powerful features of SharePoint without the associated overhead of managing the infrastructure on your own. Flexible management options ensure that you still retain the control you need to meet the compliance requirements of your organization.  It is a cloud-based service, hosted by Microsoft, for businesses of all sizes. Instead of installing and deploying SharePoint Server on-premises, any business can subscribe to an Office 365 plan where you can also get access to Exchange, Skype for Business, the Office clients, and web apps.

With SharePoint Online, you can create sites to share documents and information with colleagues, partners, and customers.

Anywhere Access:

You need to stay productive wherever life takes you and now you can with the new SharePoint app. It’s like having your company’s intranet in your pocket giving you anywhere access to your team and organizational resources needed to get work done.

Seamless Collaboration:

Today’s SharePoint team site is your team’s content hub. It’s where everyone you work with both inside and outside your organization comes together in real time to get work done – creating and sharing content using the same, familiar Microsoft Office tools you use every day.

Intelligence and Insights:

Start your day at SharePoint Home, where you can see, at a glance, activity across all your sites and groups. Collaborate on the intranet in your team sites, and stay up to date with ‘who’s who’ and ‘what’s new’, with views of your team’s activity on the team site home page and in document libraries. Connect to expertise and content with innovative People Cards that help you make the most of who you’re working with and what they’re working on. And spend less time searching for files—with intelligent recommendations, files will find you.

Enterprise-grade Security and Compliance:

Today, more than ever, enterprises need a scalable solution that meets security and compliance requirements while ensuring unified policies are applied across every workload and every device. SharePoint offers best-in-class security, with more than a decade of experience building enterprise software and online services. End users get the productivity they’ve been asking for while the IT department gets the cloud security and compliance requirements they require.

Capabilities of SharePoint:

  •  Collaboration and social computing
  • Enterprise content management
  • Enterprise search
  • Business intelligence
  • Portals
  • Business process and forms

SharePoint Online Plan 1 @ R57.00 per user

SharePoint Online Plan 2 @ R115 per user

The Features that small and mid- sized businesses need to succeed. Full- featured SharePoint Online with capabilities for the enterprise.

Includes all SharePoint Online plan 1 benefits and more.

1 TB of OneDrive storage per user Unlimited OneDrive storage
Share files securely inside or outside your organization Customize your enterprise search and results with enhanced features to surface resources across O365
Sync local copies of files or folders for offline viewing and editing on Mac or PC Find content in electronic format for litigation or audit scenarios
Co-author in real time in familiar Microsoft Office apps Use advanced DLP capabilities to identify, monitor, and protect sensitive information
Inform and connect your people with intranets and portals Use In-Place Holds to programmatically preserve content from deletion or edit
Use team sites to connect teams to content, expertise, and processes INCLUDING ALL SHAREPOINT ONLINE PLAN 1 FEATURES
Organize and manage content in libraries and lists with metadata, records management, and retention policies
Move and manage files between OneDrive and SharePoint
Search and discover relevant people and important content when you need it most
Navigate your team sites and intranet with the SharePoint mobile apps for Android™, iOS, and Windows or OneDrive mobile apps for Android™, iOS and Windows.
FastTrack deployment support with purchase of 50+ seats at no extra cost
24/7 phone and web support
Licensed for commercial use

Don’t have the necessary skills to deploy SharePoint Online for your customers but want to leverage the opportunity to sell it as a solution?

Become part of the First Distribution Cloud Alliance Program which provides you with access to relevant skills to deploy SharePoint to your customers. With GoFirst Services, you as a First Distribution CSP reseller, can now sell SharePoint Online and the services attached to the sale of SharePoint to your customers. Your customer won’t know it is us…

Bronze SharePoint Remote Deployment  Price per Tenant
SharePoint can be used to provide intranet portals, document & file management, collaboration, social networks, extranets, websites, enterprise search, and business intelligence (BI). It also has capabilities around system integration, process integration, and workflow automation.

Scope:
The Bronze Deployment option is an entry level choice. This solution consists of:

  • Basic Company Intranet

– Announcements

– Communication

  • 3 Document Libraries

– Includes versioning

  • Basic Search

Out of Scope:

  • Custom branding
  • Migration of data
 R     3 850.00
Silver SharePoint Remote Deployment  Price per Tenant
SharePoint can be used to provide intranet portals, document & file management, collaboration, social networks, extranets, websites, enterprise search, and business intelligence (BI). It also has capabilities around system integration, process integration, and workflow automation.

Scope:
The Silver Deployment option is an entry level choice. This solution consists of:

  • Company Intranet/Portal

– Announcements

– Surveys

  • 5 x Department Sites
  • 5 x Document Libraries

– Includes versioning

  • 1 x Custom Workflow (limited to maximum 2 approval steps)
  • 3 Forms and custom list database for information capture (i.e. products, costs etc.)
  • Basic Search

Out of Scope:

  • Custom branding
  • Migration of data
 R     6 600.00
Gold SharePoint Remote Deployment  Price per Tenant
SharePoint can be used to provide intranet portals, document & file management, collaboration, social networks, extranets, websites, enterprise search, and business intelligence (BI). It also has capabilities around system integration, process integration, and workflow automation.

Scope:
The Gold Package is an intermediate level choice. This solution consists of:

  • Company Intranet/Portal

– Announcements

– Surveys

– News Feed

  • 3 Department Sites
  • 1 * Project site
  • 5 x Document Libraries

– Includes versioning

  • 1 x Custom Workflow (limited to maximum 2 approval steps)
  • 3 Forms and custom list database for information capture (i.e. products, costs etc.)
  • Basic Search
  • Staff Training (limited to 1 x 2-hour remote session)

Out of Scope:

  • Custom branding
  • Migration of data
 R  16 500.00
Platinum SharePoint Remote Deployment  Price per Tenant
SharePoint can be used to provide intranet portals, document & file management, collaboration, social networks, extranets, websites, enterprise search, and business intelligence (BI). It also has capabilities around system integration, process integration, and workflow automation. Scope:
The Platinum Package is a premium level choice. This solution consists of:

  • Company Intranet/Portal

– Announcements

– Surveys

– News Feed

– Rotating Banner

– Custom Branding

  • 5 x Department Sites

– Includes versioning

– Includes retention policies

  • 2 x Project site
  • 5 x Document Libraries
  • 2 x Custom Workflows (limited to maximum 2 approval steps)
  • 2 x custom search filters
  • 3 x Forms and custom list database for information capture (i.e. products, costs etc.)
  • Staff Training (limited to 2 x 2-hour remote session)

Out of Scope:

  • Custom branding
  • Migration of data
 R  33 000.00
SharePoint Consultation Services  Price per Tenant
Scope customer environment and processes to scope a customer specific deployment requirement for SharePoint Scope:
1  Day Consulting Bucket
 R     6 600.00

For more information on Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider Partner Program, please contact us on Microsoft.csp@firstdistribution.co.za