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Modern Server Infrastructure
Yields Big Rewards
Looking for an investment that pays off with big business benefits? Then consider modernizing your server infrastructure. It can lower your IT operating costs, boost your business productivity, and give you the scalability to handle peak business loads.

“It doesn’t matter where you are; you are nowhere compared to where you can go.” - Business Coach Bob Proctor, speaking about the constructive nature of change.

Change is a fact of life, especially the life of the IT manager. New IT products and services roll out at a breathtaking pace, while the business demands on the IT department come fast and furious.

Consider the changes in the datacenter. Over the last few years, it’s morphed from a repository of physical servers to a collection of virtual ones. Yes, you’ve virtualized it, but you know that’s just one step in its ongoing progression. So what’s the next rung in the evolutionary ladder? How about the creation of modern server infrastructure, one that takes virtualization to the next level: cloud computing.

That’s exactly the direction that Pella, an Iowa-based manufacturer of windows and doors, took, prompted in part by the slowdown in construction brought on by the Great Recession. Having previously virtualized the datacenter, Pella wanted to make its already-lean IT staff as efficient as possible—making sure staffers were supporting business initiatives rather than spending hours a day maintaining and configuring servers.

And Pella is not the only organization to drive dramatic results. EmpireCLS, a global provider of chauffeured transportation services is another company that’s taken the leap from virtualization to cloud computing. By turning to cloud computing, EmpireCLS created an IT environment that is dynamically reconfigurable on demand in an automated fashion. Resources can be scaled to match workloads, resulting in increased flexibility and efficiency. The key was automating the many steps required to dynamically provision and de-provision virtual machines, monitor workloads, identify and resolve problems, and request human intervention when needed.
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See how System Center 2012 brings together ata center management and the benefits of private cloud services in a single product. Use System Center 2012 to enable your business to respond better to challenges and opportunities by having a more agile and responsive IT resource.
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What if your company could use familiar and easy-to-se Microsoft applications as a powerful and collaborative Business Intelligence platform? Our online tool shows you how to maximize the technology you already have and how to move your business forward.
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Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from top exeutives at Microsoft along with other great kynote speakers. Hear first-hand how current strategy and future plans will shape business innovation for your Microsoft Dynamics solutions. Filled with informative sessions, unique content and loaded with networking opportunities, Convergence 2013 delivers tremendous business value by helping you learn how you can maximize your solution investment across your business.
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 The New Era of Work—Microsoft 2012 Launch Event Series/ 
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Even if you couldn’t join us in personfor a launch event, you can still get in on the biggest wave of nnovation in Microsoft history. View launch event highlights to learn more about Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, new Microsoft Office 2013, Windows Server 2012, Microsoft Visual Studio 2012, Microsoft Dynamics CRM, and Microsoft Dynamics AX.
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