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Ubuntu Released a Version with Customized Kernel for AWS
Posted by Augusto Alvarez on April 18, 2017
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Linux virtual machines in a cloud service like Amazon Web Services (AWS) or Microsoft Azure have become a very common practice. You can find pretty much anything that you need regarding Linux applications, including appliances or even PaaS technologies that actually work with Linux in the backend. Now Ubuntu has decided to go a bit further than that and offers an OS version with a customized kernel for AWS.

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Azure Monitor Goes Live in General Availability
Posted by Augusto Alvarez on April 3, 2017
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Microsoft has just released to the public, and with a stable version (preview was announced in September 2016), Azure Monitor. This platform represents a set of features and capabilities within Azure to provide detail logs, metrics and diagnostic about the workloads in the Microsoft public cloud.

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Azure Backup Now Supports Linux Applications Protection
Posted by Augusto Alvarez on March 29, 2017
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On this blog, we reviewed a couple of times Azure Backup capabilities and integration with, what Microsoft considered a while back, strong rival: VMware (“Azure Offers Backing Up VMware VMs with a Freeware Tool”). And now they added one more interesting and highly valuable feature, Azure Backup will be able to support backing up applications in Linux.

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New Big Data Services for Azure in Europe: Data Lake Analytics and Data Lake Store
Posted by Augusto Alvarez on March 21, 2017
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Microsoft continues the expansion of its services for Azure in Europe, this time with new capabilities related to Big Data: Azure Data Lake Analytics and Data Lake Store. These new services appear as server-less options for companies that already have resources in Azure and a large amount of data, allowing them to transform that data into valuable information.

Azure Data Lake Analytics with Data Sources

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Microsoft Expands Olympus: Adds NVIDIA support
Posted by Augusto Alvarez on March 13, 2017
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We’ve talked before in this blog about Microsoft Project Olympus and the Open Compute Project (OCP): “Microsoft, the Open Source Cloud Hardware and Why is it Important to You”. This time, Microsoft is expanding the Olympus ideal by adding NVIDIA support with their GPU capabilities into their Open Source Hardware.

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Azure Site Recovery Deployment Planner for VMware Available as a Preview
Posted by Augusto Alvarez on March 6, 2017
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Microsoft keeps going big on offering VMware integration, we’ve mentioned in the past that they’ve released a freeware tool to backup VMware virtual machines into Azure: Microsoft Azure Backup Server (MABS). And now they keep insisting on taking over Enterprise VMware customers into Azure, or at least their Site Recovery solution: Azure Site Recovery Deployment Planner for VMware.

Microsoft Azure Site Recovery Deployment Preview

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Microsoft Just Released Azure Network Watcher: Network Performance Monitoring and Diagnostics Service for Azure
Posted by Augusto Alvarez on March 1, 2017
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The network component and the troubleshooting that sometimes we need to do represents a big factor on all cloud customers, not matter if you are using Azure, AWS, Office 365 or any other. If you don’t have control over the network and/or you are not capable of identifying issues root causes, then there’s most likely the cloud experience it’s not going to be a good one. Microsoft has that clear and is now offering a new tool to assist customers: Azure Network Watcher.

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Azure Backup Server Offering New Features: Central Monitoring, Enhanced Security, and New Regions
Posted by Augusto Alvarez on February 20, 2017
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We talked about Azure Backup before in this blog, when they recently added the capability to backup VMware virtual machines, now they are introducing a new set of features: Central monitoring, enhanced security and available in new regions.

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AWS wants your Databases in the Cloud: Amazon Aurora offering up 5X Better Performance and PostgreSQL Compatibility
Posted by Augusto Alvarez on February 16, 2017
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Amazon released recently the Aurora Storage Engine as a MySQL-compatible relational database service and is highly encouraging to customers to migrate from Oracle or Microsoft SQL Server to this new cloud service platform. Amazon Aurora is promising up to five times better performance than MySQL with better security, availability, and reliability of a commercial database and a 10% cost of what organizations are paying. And also announced a short time ago, PostgreSQL compatibility (available as a preview).

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Microsoft Keeps Going Big on CyberSecurity: Investing $1 Billion a Year
Posted by Augusto Alvarez on February 10, 2017
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The technology giant Microsoft is, as many other big ones in the market, making a statement regarding CyberSecurity: They are maintaining their $1 billion investment on yearly basis for research and development in this field, which does not include any “inorganic investments” (buying other companies). The latter investments will be a separate budget.

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