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The Cloud Insider News – DRaaS

We read article after article, use rights after use rights, to provide you the best and accurate information.  Now it’s your turn.  The Cloud Insider News takes articles written by you to tell your story and help educate the community.  In this edition, we researched Disaster Recovery as as Service (DRaas).  Have a hot topic?  Email

iomart – What Could Go Wrong? Why Backup is Business Essential

Corus 360 – Zerto or Veeam?

ZZ Servers – For businesses breached, the meter keeps on running

CorKat Data Solutions – The Importance of Off Site Backups

Infrascale – Ransomware Victims : A Tale of Two Ransomware Victims

Blue Lock – State of IT Security: Survey Results Explained

Quorum – When Ransomware Hits Your Hotel

Nutanix – Service Providers: Profitable Services Built on Top of Enterprise Clouds

Online Tech – The 6 best ransomware resources on the web

Gartner – Magic Quadrant for Disaster Recovery as a Service

Key Information Systems – Backup and Disaster Recovery Myths 

Hosting.comThe Case for Disaster Recovery as a Service

Fine Telecommunications, Inc. – Reducing Business Risk with Backup and Disaster Recovery

iland – Disaster Recovery – Your Insurance Policy for Ransomware

SunGard Availability Services – Disaster Recovery Service Provider Checklist

Acronis – Five Questions to Ask Your Disaster Recovery Service Provider

MDL Technology – Methods to Test Disaster Recovery System

Microsoft Azure – Disaster recovery and high availability for applications built on Microsoft Azure

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Posted by on April 27, 2017 in The Cloud Insider Times


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Forefront…Where Did You Go?!!!

As you may or may not know, Microsoft made significant changes to its security suite of products this past year. I receive numerous inquiries around Forefront specifically, the options available for SPLA customers, and what ultimately this means for you as you move forward.

To recap, Microsoft discontinued the following SKUs from the price list:

• Forefront Protection 2010 for SharePoint – (supported thru December 31st, 2015)
• Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server –(supported thru December 31st, 2015)
• Forefront Security for Office Communications Server – (supported thru December 31st, 2015)
• Forefront Protection Server Management Console – (supported thru December 31st, 2015)
• Forefront Threat Management Web Protection Services – (supported thru December 31st, 2015)
• Forefront Threat Management Gateway 2010 – supported thru April 14, 2015 (extended support April 14 2020)

Microsoft will continue to support the products, (highlighted above) but as a service provider you will only have access up until your agreement expires. Sign a new SPLA, you can no longer offer the above SKUs as part of your offering. In my opinion, Microsoft is not getting away from the security business, but making some of the Forefront features to be included with the new releases of the server software. (You can check out the latest updates at For example, Exchange 2013, has basic antivirus protection built-in, thus encouraging customers to upgrade to the latest version. As a side note, FOPE (Forefront Online Protection for Exchange) is renamed Exchange Online Protection (EOP) and only available through the new Office 365 release.

So what does all this mean to you? If you are hosting these products today, rest assured they will not be there when your agreement expires. You can become a partner of Microsoft to continue offering EOP, or consider third-party vendors such as Symantec, McAfee, or Trend Micro to name a few. Check out for a quote.

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Posted by on July 1, 2013 in Forefront


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