Technology Newsletter February 2015

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Technology Newsletter  February 2015


Welcome to the February edition of the brightstack technology newsletter! The purpose of this newsletter is to keep you informed of the latest technology news. We hope you will find this information useful and will help you to become more productive by getting the most value from your partnership with brightstack! For more information on any of these items please reach out to your account manager or call us at 212-812-9450 option 2.
Lifesize Starting 2015 with a Bang
Todays world is much more connected than it  has been before.  For your employees, being out of the office is more the "norm" than it used to be.  Meaning that you need to have a reliable, easy to use web conferencing tools to keep connected with remote employees.  This past month lifesize has introduced more capabilities to meet every size business needs. 

The enhancements include allowing conference participants to connect via their web browsers, including Web RTC, Microsoft Lync, Google Calendar and Microsoft Outlook.  This will allow users to send invites using the for mentioned tools for conferences without opening lifeSize.  According to, "The Outlook plug-in and Chrome Extension allow users to schedule video meetings and invite anyone directly from Google Calendar or Outlook without the need to open the Lifesize Cloud application. Microsoft Lync enterprise users can join meetings hosted on Lifesize Cloud from their Lync client application with a single "click". 

The other enhancements for lifesize are the lifesize Icon 400 and lifesize Flex video endpoints.  The lifesize Icon 400 video endpoint is purpose built for the lifesize cloud.  With being able to have up to 25 users in one meeting, the Icon 400 provides end-users the ability to invite users to video and audio meetings, using your personal laptop, tablet or mobile phone.  In addition, the Icon 400 comes equipped with a built in firewall, along with automatic software updates, freeing up your IT department's time.

The lifesize Flex is for businesses that already have a personal collaboration application, such as Skype, Microsoft Lync, Cisco Jabber, Google Hangouts, WebEx or Citrix GoToMeeting.  Users simply plug in their PC or Mac and lifesize Flex will then take over all video and audio during the meeting, creating a much more professional, better sounding meeting that a sub-par webcam can not deliver.

The lifesize Icon 400 is available today and lifesize Flex is expected to release in March of 2015.  Please don't hesitate to contact your brightstack account holder with any questions you may have.

Windows Server 2016, What's Next?

Recently we saw Microsoft's Windows 10 event, showcasing all the up and coming technology that Microsoft can deliver.  What might have not been as obvious to some, is Microsoft's Windows Server 'Next', has been pushed back to 2016. 

There hasn't been an official statement pertaining to the push back of Microsoft's newest server, but some believe it may be because of the Windows Server 2003 end of life departure this coming summer and Microsoft not wanting to confuse users upgrading to Windows Server 2012 R2. 

There are other rumors pertaining that some IT professionals may have been complaining to Microsoft that a Server update, two years after 2012 R2 came out, is too soon.  Windows is not delaying System Center management suite however.  Which is slated for release this coming Fall, along with Windows 10. 

Windows Server 2016 includes new and updated Hyper-V, networking, directory services, Web application proxy and other features.
Windows Server 2003 Migration
In less than six months from now Microsoft will be turning it's back on Windows Server 2003.  Many companies are still using these servers today, because of their stability.  The issue though is once Microsoft drops Server 2003, the only way you will be able to still operate  using Windows Server 2003 is through customer support agreements (CSA's).  This may not sound too bad until you find out the cost running these servers. 

According to TechTarget, a CSA will cost about $600 per server.  This is a major cost for any enterprise with hundreds, if not thousands of servers that run their operation. In the long run, updating your servers to the latest Windows Servers will help make life in the IT world that much better.  
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