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Microsoft Products Reaching End-of-Life in 2025

It’s not that far away. 2025. That year (and into 2026) spells the end of some on-premises software and end-of-support dates. This could leave your organization with unsupported software. And if there are regulations imposed whereby that cannot be abided, then there’s some work to do. However, some of the alternatives could be limiting – or, at least, more costly. Microsoft has increased its focus on subscriptions be they on-premise or cloud-based. This blog intends to provide an overview of […]

OCI Support Rewards Program versus OCI Discount Schedule, What Makes More Sense For You?

In July 2021, Oracle announced the OCI Support Rewards program, which provides credits against a client’s usage of OCI services.  Credits of between 25 and 33 cents can be earned for every dollar spent on OCI PaaS and IaaS services, and can then be used against a client’s On Premise Tech license renewals. While the program was introduced in July, it officially went live in November.  As part of the breakdown of the program in our previous Blog on the […]

Oracle Database 12.1 Support is Changing to Sustaining Support as of August 2022.  Is it Time for You to Upgrade?

Oracle’s Database version 12.1 is moving to Sustaining Support at the end of July 2022.  If you are one of the many Oracle customers still making use of this version, it may be time to start thinking about an upgrade. Oracle products go through 3 cycles of Support during the lifetime of a given version.  Premier Support for current versions, which typically lasts for 5 years.  Optional Extended Support which gives almost all of the same benefits as Premier, albeit […]

Upcoming Webinar: Microsoft Azure vs AWS

On June 28th, Miro Consulting’s Tim Hegedus will address some of the major differences between Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services (AWS) and help you to determine which cloud is right for you. Topics will include: Hybrid Model Support Features & Differences Virtual Network Cloud vs Private Cloud Licensing Methodology Costs more… June 28th @ 2:30 – 3:00 PM ET Click here to register for event: https://miroconsulting.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_FlH7DvqkS1G70GR-yxrmXA

Microsoft SQL Server Big Data Clusters

Early retirement. It’s something we all – well, most of us – dream about. But not when it comes to software features! Microsoft announced that it is retiring SQL Server 2019 Big Data Clusters on February 28, 2025. That’s right after Mainstream Support ends (currently scheduled for January 14, 2025), but nearly five (5) years before Extended Support ends. SQL Server Big Clusters – released as a feature of Version 2019 – is a deployment method allowing SQL Server to […]

Oracle Java 17 Is Free To Use

“Oracle is making the industry leading Oracle JDK available for free, including all quarterly security updates.  This includes commercial and production use.” That is a direct quote from Oracle’s Tuesday, September 14, 2021 announcement. What this means for you is that if you can, you might upgrade and then use Oracle Java 17 free of charge for internal applications. This is because all the versions preceding Oracle Java 17 are for-fee. For Java 8, the last free public release is […]

10 Best Practices for Moving Oracle to the Cloud

If you’re running Oracle Database, you might wonder whether it’s the right time to migrate to the cloud. Miro Consulting, along with the cloud migration experts at Pythian, addressed these topics recently in a collaborative webinar. It will show you how to migrate in a safe and cost-effective way by knowing up front: Topics: The Oracle license implications of migrating to the cloud How you can save on Oracle Support costs if you’re considering OCI Why it’s important to define […]

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