Microsoft is going to take the battle with the MSP’s to a higher level

 

With the announcement of the Microsoft Azure Reserved VM Instances (RIs), Microsoft is competing with the traditional hosted cloud providers (MSP). With this program every Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) comparison for MSP Virtual Machines (VMs) hosting, or in the public cloud, can go straight into the archive… This is why….

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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

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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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

Azure AD DS in the new Azure portal is GA

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You can configure Azure Active Directory Domain Services (Azure AD DS) by using the new Azure portal (portal.azure.com). This feature is now GA (generally available) in all Azure regions that the service supports.

All existing managed domains have been migrated to the new portal from the Azure classic portal. You can configure and manage existing managed domains by using the new Azure portal.

To get started, see the documentation.

 

Microsoft released new Azure VM images: SQL Server 2017 on Linux and Windows

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Microsoft announces new SQL Server 2017 images on Linux and Windows are now available in the Azure Marketplace! Deploying SQL Server in Azure VMs combines the industry-leading performance and security, built-in artificial intelligence, and business intelligence of SQL Server, now available on both Linux and Windows, with the flexibility, security, and hybrid connectivity of Azure.

More info Announcing new Azure VM images: SQL Server 2017 on Linux and Windows | Blog | Microsoft Azure