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Azure Introduces Storage Service Encryption for Managed Disks with No Additional Cost
Posted by Augusto Alvarez on June 19, 2017
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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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AWS Bigger in SMBs but Azure is the Service Most Likely to Renew or Purchase, says Study
Posted by Augusto Alvarez on June 9, 2017
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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.

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

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

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[Azure] Continuous Integration / Continuous Deployment with Docker (ACS and ACR), Visual Studio Code, Visual Studio Team Services and GitHub
Posted by Florent Appointaire on March 20, 2017
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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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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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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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Azure: Microsoft is cancelling the Pay-as-you-Go Option, but don’t worry
Posted by Augusto Alvarez on January 16, 2017
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No commitment. Pay for what you use each month” says the Microsoft Pay-as-you-Go website, which will no longer exist as we know of starting February 1 of 2017. Microsoft will be “guiding” new customers to use the Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) program to acquire any of the Azure subscriptions. Even though you won’t see the pay-as-you-go option from Microsoft, don’t panic, there’s an explanation.

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AWS Artificial Intelligence (AI) Offering New Services
Posted by Augusto Alvarez on January 9, 2017
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AI (Artificial Intelligence) will be one of the trends in 2017, the two big cloud providers are investing a large amount of money into developing new technologies in this area. Amazon Web Services (AWS) released in December 2016 several new services customers can acquire within their cloud offerings: Polly, Rekognition and Lex.

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