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Intel Chooses Ensim Unify Enterprise for Its AppUp Small Business Service

May 24th, 2011

We are really pleased to announce that Ensim Unify Enterprise has been chosen by Intel® to provide user provisioning and application management software for the Intel AppUp(sm) Small Business Service - previously known as Hybrid Cloud.

The AppUp Small Business Service product is built atop Windows Server 2008 and Windows Small Business Server 2008, where Ensim Unify provides automated, role-based user provisioning and application management services for Windows Server (Active Directory), SharePoint, and Microsoft Exchange, as well as advanced group management capabilities for both security groups and Exchange distribution lists.

Its great technology and it can be a real life saver for small businesses that want to reap the cost and efficiency benefits of cloud computing but keep the server and data securely on site. The concept is actually pretty simple: you purchase a system and get a locally hosted server and software on a pay-as-you-go (monthly subscription) basis, allowing smaller businesses to pay per user. That way, you only pay for the users you actually have. No more guessing at the capacity you might need in the future and always ending up with either too much or too little.

At the same time, managed service providers (MSP) could potentially offer hundreds of these systems on a very cost effective basis to its smaller customers with the Ensim Unify control panel managing these systems individually and in aggregate. These MSP’s will find the combination of Intel technology with Ensim Unify’s provisioning and management capabilities pre-installed offers significant advantages that reduce overhead, improve ROI, and increase customer retention and satisfaction.

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5 Steps to Launch Hosted Exchange 2010

February 23rd, 2011

For the last several years, hosted service providers have used the Hosted Messaging and Collaboration (HMC) solution in order to support hosted Exchange deployments. With the release of Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 1, Microsoft has created a new way to support hosted Exchange deployments. Because of this, HMC 4.5 is the last HMC version that will be offered to hosted service providers.

Note: Microsoft will continue to support HMC 4.5 and HMC 4.0 through December 2011. HMC 3.5 will be supported for existing customers until July 2011.

1. Setup a New Domain
Even if you already offer EX2003 or 2007, this new version of HE2010 requires a New Standalone Environment with 64 bit machines.

2. Deploy in Hosting Mode
Exchange 2010 SP1 is the first multi-tenant ready Exchange Server version that includes hosting features that will allow hosted services providers to create and manage multiple organizations in the same Active Directory forest. Exchange 2010 SP1 can be deployed using a special “/hosting” switch that installs Exchange 2010 SP1 in “Hosting Mode”.

3. Select a Control Panel
Since Exchange 2010 SP1 in hosting mode doesn’t allow the usage of the Exchange Management Console (EMC), it’s recommended to use a third party Control Panel such as Ensim Unify SP to help with provisioning of organizations, administrators, users and resellers. The Ensim Unify Service Provider Control Panel supports non MPF for Hosted Exchange 2010.

4. Migrate
Migrating from HMC 4.5 to Exchange 2010 SP1Guidance on how you can migrate (there will not be a direct upgrade option) from HMC 4.5 to Exchange 2010 SP1 is complete and can be downloaded via this link to the Microsoft Hosting Partner Technical Advisor blog.

Note: Microsoft will not create any guidance on how to migrate from HMC 3.5 to Exchange 2010 SP1 running in hosting mode.

5. Licensing
The licensing model for hosted service providers remains consistent with the model used with previous versions of Exchange. That is a hosted service provider can license Exchange via the Service Provider Licensing Agreement (SPLA) which provides user/month pricing or via High Volume Sales (HVS) which provides SPLA at steep discounts based on volume.

For more information on Exchange 2010 SP1 for Hosted Service Providers: Microsoft TechNet

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