Windows Datacenter Alternative for Nonprofits

Security Boulevard | May 06, 2019

The IT landscape is always in flux – but one recent change is having an unfortunate impact on charities and nonprofit organizations. In March 2018, Microsoft announced that they would no longer be offering discounted versions of certain on-prem products to nonprofits, including Windows Datacenter. In some cases, the withdrawal of this donation increases costs by a factor of ten. This has left IT admins, sysadmins, DevOps engineers, and CTOs scrambling to stay within their budget. In this blog, we’ll cover the new licensing and pricing for Windows Datacenter, along with suggesting a cost-effective alternative for nonprofits on a budget. Yes, Microsoft has stated that they will still provide a discount for nonprofits for the products above. At the time of the announcement, they did not specify the exact amount of the discount for Windows Datacenter or other on-prem solutions.

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CRM is an acronym that stands for Customer Relationship Management. As the name suggests, a CRM tool or CRM software allows you to better maintain interactions with customers, even giving you the power to automate some of these interactions, too. And, in case you were thinking it, “CRM” does look very similar to “CMS,” content management system, where you make edits to your website. These two entities will work together but remain separate.

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