October 2017 Newsletter

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Dear Mr Do,

Welcome to our October newsletter! This month, there are plenty of product updates, particularly from Microsoft. We also have a webinar with Veeam upcoming on 17th October - please ensure you register to not miss out!

If you have any enquries regarding the content in this newsletter (or in general!), please do not hestiate to get in touch with your account manager, or drop us an email at info@comparex.co.uk.

Best Regards,



We're on a blogging roll!

Recently we've really upped our blogging game, giving insight into the latest industry trends, licensing and product updates and much more!

Check it all out at www.comparex.co.uk/blog.

Taking on a challenge!

Everyday we work to support our customers with their IT challenges, and now we're working to support others who face challenges everyday.

COMPAREX UK are proud to be expanding our Corporate Social Responsibilty outreach and this year have decided to fundraise for the British Red Cross, and Macmillan Cancer Support.

On Friday 29th, we participated in Macmillan's 'World's Biggest Coffee Morning', and this month, a team is taking on the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge!

Follow #COMPAREXcares to stay in the loop with our CSR activity!

Learn more about our CSR
Check our our JustGiving page


Introducing Audio Conferencing Pay-Per-Minute with Skype for Business

Launching 1st October, this new add-on service will be available for all E1 and E3 customers.

The SKU will be priced at $0, and will allow customers to purchase PSTN Conferenceing on a per-minute basis. Rates will vary by country and by inbound/outbound dialing.

2-for-1 training!

In partnership with Global Knowledge, COMPAREX are excited to annouce that with Microsoft Software Assurance Training Vouchers, you can have your entitlement doubled free of charge!

As a Global Knowledge Software Assurance customer, you can access the following benefits free-of-charge:

2-for-1 training vouchers - effectively doubling your entitlement.
Provisioning of management of vouchers, removing the administration overheads.
Training Needs Analysis for customer with vouchers in excess of fiftty days.
Ability to run on-site courses using vouchers.

Courses and dates can be found at www.globalknowlege.co.uk.

SQL Server 2017 is here!

Generally available as of 1st October, the latest edition of Microsoft SQL Server allows the user to choose deployment in either a Windows or Linux operating system.

The top three licensing things to know are:

A new 'Azure Hybrid Benefit for SQL Server' allows customers to re-use exisitn gon-premise SQL Server licenses to run Database-as-a-Server in Azure.
R-Server has been remaned 'Machine Learning Server for Hadoop', and is now available to all SQL Server Enterprise edition customers as a Software Assurance benefit.
It's the first edition of SQL Server to run on Windows Server, Linux and Docker, and there's a new 'SQL Server on Red Hat Enterprise Linux' offer, providing discounts on both SQL Server 2017 and the OS to assist with migrations.
Read the announcement

Updates to Visio Online

Visio Online Plan 1 is a new subscription plan which provides a browser-based diaramming tool.

Along with this, the Visio Pro for Office 365 is being remaned 'Vision Online Plan 2', with licensing costs reflecting these updates.

Microsoft Intelligent Communications for Office 365 is coming

Microsoft Teams and Skype for Business Online are coming together, with Teams evolving to become the primary client for intelligent communications within Office 365.

For customers not yet ready to migrate to cloud, a new version of Skype for Business Server is due for release in the latter-half of 2018.

Microsoft 365 Education is here!

Available as of 1st October, Microsoft 365 Education will include Windows 10, Office 365, EMS and Minecraft: Education Edition.

As with its commercail counterpart, it will be licensed via Single-User Subscriptipon Licence and thus have two versions: A3, and A5. Office 365 for Education remains free, however has been renamed 'Office 365 A1'.

Read the announcement
Learn more about Microsoft 365


Improving Availability with Backup for Office 365

Office 365 adoption is rapidly growing, with Exchange Online leveraged as an efficient cloud-based platform.

However Office 365 to brings challeneges, particualrly in meeting today's stringent availability, cost control and regulatory compliance requirements.

Register for our free 40-minute webinar where a COMPAREX and a Veeam specialist will be discussing how IT can leverage on-premises backup and recovery to assert greater control over Office 365 access and protection.


Sophos Mobile 7.1 is coming soon...

Sophos Mobile 7.1 launches this month, bringing with it the key new capability of 'container-only management'.

This  will let administrators control corporate email, documents and content in the Secure Workspace and Secure Email applications without having to manage the mobile device itself, which is ideal in BYOD scenarios.

Migration Studio

Leverage your Microsoft investment and jumpstart your Windows 10 migration

With legacy operating systems slowly losing support, it may be best to proactively consider migrating to the latest-and-greatest environment.

The typically arduous nature of migrations may have historically been off-putting, however, here Migration Studio can be of service.

Learn more, and get a free 30-day trial. 

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