Posted by Augusto Alvarez on November 15, 2017
Enhancing Security in the Hybrid Cloud: Step-by-Step to Connect Advanced Threat Analytics to Azure Security Center

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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Posted by Augusto Alvarez on September 13, 2017
VMware Cloud on AWS is Here, Replacing vCloud Air

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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Posted by Augusto Alvarez on August 29, 2017
Azure Stack in GA. Part III: Support Models and the Azure Pack Story

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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Posted by Augusto Alvarez on June 19, 2017
Azure Introduces Storage Service Encryption for Managed Disks with No Additional Cost

As we referenced several times, security is one of the main topics for cloud providers looking to guarantee privacy for their customers’ data and information. Microsoft just announced the public availability for Storage Service Encryption (SSE) for Azure Managed Disks, with no additional cost.

Azure Storage Service Encryption

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Posted by Augusto Alvarez on June 9, 2017
AWS Bigger in SMBs but Azure is the Service Most Likely to Renew or Purchase, says Study

We all already know the two biggest Public Cloud providers are Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure and, unless a catastrophic event occurs, these two will be leading the market in the next couple of years. A recent study between 550 companies showed some interesting results: AWS is the most preferred vendor in SMBs; Microsoft the “most known” in enterprises; AWS has been reviewed the most between all companies but Azure is the most used.

Azure vs AWS

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Posted by Alex Khorolets on May 22, 2017
Virtual Tape Library on Azure used with Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager 2016

Tapes have been on the “backup market” for a long time and still are considered as a good option to store and secure a high amount of backup data. However, the continuous increase of backup size becomes a bottleneck in terms of fitting backup windows and reduces a simplicity and redundancy of backup solutions. Today more and more companies consider backing up their production data to more reasonable storage solutions, like Clouds.

Here comes in hand the technology that emulates physical tapes on top of inexpensive, fast, and high-capacity spindle drives.

System Center 2016 DPM Administrator Console

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Posted by Augusto Alvarez on May 2, 2017
Microsoft Announces IoT Central: SaaS Platform to Simplify the Internet-of-Things

Microsoft is always looking to offer newer and faster ways for their customers to embrace cloud services, even if you are not moving any of your workloads to Azure, MS wants for your company to integrate with the cloud. Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platforms are a simple way to start, even for Internet-of-Things (IoT), that’s why the Redmond company is announcing: IoT Central.

Microsoft IoT Central image

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Posted by Florent Appointaire on March 20, 2017
[Azure] Continuous Integration / Continuous Deployment with Docker (ACS and ACR), Visual Studio Code, Visual Studio Team Services and GitHub

docker with microsoft azure

A major force of infrastructure today is the possibility to use CI/CD. Understand, Continuous Integration and Continuous Deployment.

To resume, these technologies, give the possibility to your developers to create/modify their codes, send them to GitHub for example, build it with Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS), save it on you registry (Azure Container Registry for me), manage the versioning, always with VSTS, send it to your Docker Swarm cluster as container et to finish, access it through a simple web interface.

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Posted by Augusto Alvarez on March 1, 2017
Microsoft Just Released Azure Network Watcher: Network Performance Monitoring and Diagnostics Service for Azure

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.

Azure Network Watcher view

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Posted by Augusto Alvarez on February 16, 2017
AWS wants your Databases in the Cloud: Amazon Aurora offering up 5X Better Performance and PostgreSQL Compatibility

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).

Amazon Aurora

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