Enhancing Security in the Hybrid Cloud: Step-by-Step to Connect Advanced Threat Analytics to Azure Security Center
Posted by Augusto Alvarez on November 15, 2017
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We have been talking on this blog before about the importance Microsoft and the rest of cloud providers are giving to security features and products in the last couple of years. The well-known security incidents present in the industry just in 2017 generated to companies billions in a loss, hence a large number of releases from Microsoft to face these incidents and, above all, provide calm to their customers around the cloud.

Microsoft Advanced Threat Analytics (ATA) combines several of the latest security enhancements. In this article, we will review how to connect the ATA platform to Azure, guaranteeing a reliable monitoring.

Microsoft Advanced Threat Analytics sequence

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VMware vSphere APIs for I/O Filtering (VAIO) – how does it work?
Posted by Alex Samoylenko on November 8, 2017
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VMware has recently released VMware vSphere APIs for I/O Filtering (VAIO), a handy document that highlights the VAIO I/O Filtering technology operational principles. Here, we shed light on them briefly and discuss how VAIO can be implemented in a production environment.

VAIO is a technology and an API providing the direct access to the virtual machines’ guest OS I/O Stream. VAIO is already employed in partner products for maintaining various tasks (i.e., caching write-back and write-through). VAIO is based on the Storage Policy Based Management framework, dedicated to managing virtual machines storages and set the storage rules.

VAIO filter driver installed on a VMware ESXi host as a VIB package

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Back to Enterprise Storage
Posted by Jon Toigo on October 11, 2017
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An under-reported trend in storage these days is the mounting dissatisfaction with server-centric storage infrastructure as conceived by proprietary server hypervisor vendors and implemented as exclusive software-defined storage stacks.  A few years ago, the hypervisor vendors seized on consumer anger around overpriced “value-add” storage arrays to insert a “new” modality of storage, so-called software-defined storage, into the IT lexicon.  Touted as a solution for everything that ailed storage – and as a way to improve virtual machine performance in the process – SDS and hyper-converged infrastructure did rather well in the market.  However, the downside of creating silo’ed storage behind server hosts was that storage efficiency declined by 10 percent or more on an enterprise-wide basis; companies were realizing less bang for the buck with software-defined storage than with the enterprise storage platforms they were replacing.

Shared and Silo'ed storages' components

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[Azure Automation] Migrate your scripts to Azure – Part 2
Posted by Florent Appointaire on October 5, 2017
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I recently looking for Azure Automation, from top to bottom. It’s why, in the next 2 articles, we will see how to use this tool, from A to Z:

  • [Azure Automation] Interface discovery – Part 1
  • [Azure Automation] Migrate your scripts to Azure – Part 2 (this post)

Today, we will see how to migrate your On-Premises scripts, to Azure Automation.

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Google Cloud Trying to Catch Up: NVIDIA GPUs and Discounts for Virtual Machines
Posted by Augusto Alvarez on October 3, 2017
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We’ve reviewed several times about the large supremacy around AWS and Azure regarding cloud services market share (more details about recent surveys can be found here: “AWS Bigger in SMBs but Azure is the Service Most Likely to Renew or Purchase”) and Google Cloud lands in third place for most of the services.  Now they are implementing new NVIDIA GPUs for their virtual machines and sustained discounts for customers using the new NVIDIA VMs.

NVIDIA GPUs for Google Compute Engine

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What is Veeam Powered Network (VeeamPN) and why you need it?
Posted by Alex Samoylenko on September 28, 2017
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This spring, during VeeamON 2017, Veeam Software presented Veeam Powered Network (VeeamPN), their first solution in the field of enterprise networking.

Veeam PN is a simple tool for establishing VPN between all parts of a distributed infrastructure: the headquarters, remote and branch offices, employees working remotely, etc. This solution is based on the OpenVPN technology. It serves as a virtual machine, running in Microsoft Azure (Veeam PN Server) or client’s private cloud, with the components on customer’s sites (Veeam PN Gateway):

Veeam Powered Network for Azure

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While Dropbox Drops AWS, Hulu Welcomes It
Posted by Augusto Alvarez on September 21, 2017
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Or should we expressed it differently, Hulu welcomes AWS but Dropbox moves away? I guess is still semantics, the information is the same. But the positive or negative connotation will depend on what service do you consider more relevant: Hulu or Dropbox. The fact still remains that Dropbox recently decided to opt for building their own cloud and Hulu is now one more streaming media company using Amazon Web Services (AWS).

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VMware Cloud on AWS is Here, Replacing vCloud Air
Posted by Augusto Alvarez on September 13, 2017
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Amazon Web Services (AWS) and VMware are completing one of the most relevant partnerships around cloud services: VMware will offer their Software Defined Datacenter (SDDC) capabilities within AWS. With this partnership, VMware finally replaces the already sold vCloud Air cloud services.

VMware Cloud on AWS Overview

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Nested Virtualization in Azure with StarWind Virtual SAN. Part 1: Introduction
Posted by Dmytro Malynka on September 12, 2017
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At Microsoft Build 2017, the Nested Virtualization support in Azure has been announced. Now you can enable nested virtualization using the Dv3 and Ev3 VM sizes – not a wide variety, but Microsoft is going to expand the support for more VM sizes in the upcoming months.

Azure Nested Virtualization diagramm

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Azure Stack in GA. Part III: Support Models and the Azure Pack Story
Posted by Augusto Alvarez on August 29, 2017
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This is going to be the third article in the series of reviewing and understanding Azure Stack (previous articles: Azure Stack Release and Deployment Models). Now that we have a good grasp of the platform, how the Integrated Systems come into play and features available; I want to extend the topics to other two important matters for existing customers of Azure: How the support model will work with hardware and software in place from different vendors; and what’s the interconnection with the already existing Azure Pack solution.

Microsoft Azure Stack on premises

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