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Category: Licensing Change Alert

Microsoft Assessment & Planning (“MAP”) Toolkit

Licensing for Microsoft Server products can often be complex and challenging when trying to maintain compliance with their Microsoft SLAs, while at the same time trying to optimize their software investment.

PCI Compliance Considerations for XP’s End

We have talked about the end of support for Microsoft XP at length and its implications for users in regards to security and licensing, but thought it would be important to also make our clients and friends aware of the potential for non-compliance with PCI-DSS for any organizations using Point-Of-Sale (POS) payment application environments.

How does the EU software resell ruling affect Oracle users?

On the new permissible reselling of licensing in the EU….Miro is saying: “While I am not sure this will ever be allowed in North America by Oracle Corporation, I can say that even if it is allowed, the acquiring company would likely be required to sign off on a new OLSA (oracle licensing software agreement) which would govern the terms of the newly acquired licenses. I am quite certain Oracle would not allow a simple transfer of negotiated terms and […]

Using Oracle Database Firewall

We’re all familiar with network firewalls, which prevent unauthorized access to your network from external sources. However, network firewalls don’t protect your databases from malicious attacks, which sometimes come disguised as privileged internal users. Web applications are a major source of data attacks, through stratagems such as SQL Injection, for example. Oracle’s Database Firewall (a product Oracle gained through its acquisition of Secerno, a British firm, in 2010) offers a solid defensive perimeter to monitor and enforce accepted behavior on […]

Microsoft upgrade trick could save $$$

Just when you think you have everything in order, another new Microsoft release comes out and you are faced with the decision of whether or not to upgrade or just stick with what you have installed. The option of upgrading to the new Office 2010 has many organizations pondering whether or not they really need it, and can sacrifice the costs to do so, especially considering the current economic climate.

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