Veeam Backup & Recovery 9.5 vs Azure Backup server

Storing VMware VM backups  in Azure

When implementing a 3-2-1 backup strategy, one backup needs to be stored offsite. In a hybrid cloud environment, offsite will likely be the datacenter of your cloud provider. If you run VMware VMs in an on-premises datacenter and use Azure public cloud services, how can you copy a backup of a VM to Azure? Well, there are multiple solutions but every solution has it pros and cons. In this article we will shortly explain 2 solutions and compare them: Veeam Backup & Recovery 9.5 and Microsoft Backup Server (latest update). Continue reading

VMware in the Clouds recap – reference guide

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This again has been a massive year for VMware. So many clouds so many announcements. Here is a quick portfolio guide to what VMware is offering in public clouds from last year until now. Continue reading

What’s waiting for us at .NEXT?

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One OS, one click, any cloud. Experience it at .NEXT

November 7-9, 2017 | Nice, France
Acropolis Conference Center

According to Nutanix .NEXT is ‘The datacenter event of the year’. Only a few days before the kick-off in beautiful Nice with exclusive tracks, over 50 break-out sessions and more.

.NEXT is designed to equip you with the tools, knowledge, and network of people that can help you make real, tangible business impact in your organisation.

Sadly I am unable to attend .NEXT this year in Nice, due priorities. But I will follow the event online and watch the sessions through internet. I can’t wait for some certain updates en insights. I will blog about announcements and my thoughts about it.

I wish Nutanix and my fellow Nutanix Technology Champions a great and exciting event and hopefully I will be able to attend .NEXT year.

Here is a video for a good impression of the event.

Dive into Microsoft Azure Stack Architecture (part 2)

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Since the Azure Stack Architecture blog became rather long, this blog will cover the second part. You can find part one here.

Initial Azure Stack VM sizes

In Azure Stack TP2 there are only a handful VM sizes, but at GA a lot more VM sizes will be supported, although not all VM sizes can be accommodated yet because they require specific hardware configuration. Continu reading here 

Source: Dive into Microsoft Azure Stack Architecture (part 2) | Azure Stack

Solution architecture: Continuous integration and deployment (CI/CD) for Azure Web Apps with Visual Studio Team Services

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For my previous employer I was the architect for designing an e-commerce platform within Azure. A important requirement was to setup a microservices architecture and also a Continuous integration and deployment solution pipeline, so the e-commerce platform would be very agile and dynamic. With some other requirements the best solution for our case, was to work with Azure App Services which enabled us to make continuous web-app deployment easier. Azure App Service is a fast and simple way to create web apps using ASP.NET, Java, Node, or PHP. Our development team was coding with ASP.NET. Making these web apps durable and evergreen requires a continuous integration and continuous deployment (CI/CD) pipeline to push each of our changes automatically.

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On Dec 31 Azure AD will no longer accept communications from DirSync and Azure AD Sync

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DirSync & Azure AD Sync refused by Azure AD per December 31st. Upgrade to Azure AD Connect NOW!

Azure AD Connect is the best way to connect your on-premises directory with Azure AD and Office 365. The time to upgrade to Azure AD Connect from Windows Azure Active Directory Sync (DirSync) or Azure AD Sync has come! As these tools are now deprecated and will reach end of life on December 31, 2017.

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vExpert Cloud 2017 Award Announcement

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This weekend the VMware vExpert Cloud 2017 announcement has been released, and I am humbled to be recognised as a Cloud expert for community contributions in the cloud space.

I also want to congratulate everyone on the list and espaclily my dutch colleagues which I personally know,  Martijn Baecke, Dimitri de Swart, Frank Denneman, Ruurd Keizer, Jeffrey Kusters, Erik Scholten, Marco van Baggum, Viktor van den Berg and Robert Nieuwendijk.

Huge and special thanks to Corey Romero and the team behind the vExpert program.

See the full vExpert Cloud announcement via vExpert Cloud 2017 Award Announcement – VMTN Blog – VMware Blogs

Dive into Microsoft Azure Stack Architecture (part 1)

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Azure Stack: What is it?

At high level, we are bringing the Azure services into your datacenter on your hardware. We’re trying to provide consistency so you can take your workloads, deploy them in Azure or deploy them onprem to Azure Stack. You can move them back and forth for dev/test for regulatory reasons. There is a variety of reasons why you want the full ecosystem in place for Azure Stack. Continu reading here

Source: Dive into Microsoft Azure Stack Architecture (part 1) | Azure Stack