This week’s tech news roundup features Microsoft 365 Business rolls out of beta for general availability, Google adds new features to its dedicated interconnects, and AWS introduces Windows Servers for its Lightsail solution.
Microsoft 365 Business is now generally available to all small and mid-sized businesses. It was initially launched in July and had been in testing with partners. Microsoft 365 allows SMBs to subscribe to a bundle that includes Office 365 productivity apps, Windows 10, and the mobile device management tools. Businesses can access the Office 365 apps, Windows 10 and other security and management tools at the cost of $20 per user per month.
The company claims that “Microsoft 365 Business is designed to reduce the complexity and costs of managing technology for businesses and their IT partners. It offers simple setup and management, so business owners and their teams can put more of their time and energy toward building their businesses. From a single console, you can quickly set up new employees, configure device security policies, and manage user identity and access, as well as ensure all your people are on the most up-to-date versions of Windows 10 and Office. Moreover, the single per-user, per-month subscription streamlines costs and simplifies management.”
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Last month, Google introduced the beta of dedicated interconnects for its Cloud enterprise users. The direct connectivity to Google Cloud provided enterprises with a private on-ramp to Google Cloud which is essential when they want to mix and match their on-premises data centers with the apps running in Google datacenters. The company has now moved the dedicated interconnect out of beta alongside a bunch of new features.
In addition to the 35 locations Google unveiled with the beta, the update includes four other areas including Atlanta, Montreal, Mumbai, and Munich. It further features support for Cloud Router Global Routing to the Dedicated Interconnect service which allows enterprises to connect their datacenter with Google Cloud Platform and easily access all other subnets on all Google Cloud Platform locations around the world from there.
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Amazon Web Services has launched Windows virtual servers for the Lightsail customers at a low, predictable price. This means enterprises can quickly start their pre-configured Windows-based instances on AWS with a few clicks and connect with them using RDP through the intuitive Lightsail web console.
Lightsail users can also create snapshots, track metrics, manage DNS records, and static IPs related to their Windows instances. The company offers 5 Windows plans starting at just $10 a month which includes the Windows Server license, 30 gigabytes of SSD storage, and one terabyte of data transfer. The Windows Server for Lightsail is available in all supported regions such as London, Frankfurt, Oregon, Ohio, Ireland, Singapore, Mumbai, Tokyo, and Sydney. Build, deploy, migrate and integrate your workloads on AWS through our extensive cloud development offerings.
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