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Category: Licensing Change Alert

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 […]

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 […]

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