Azure

Understand Azure’s New VM Naming Standards

November 17, 2016 // 0 Comments

This post will explain how you can quickly understand the new naming standards for Azure VM sizes. My role has given me the opportunity to see how people struggle with picking a series or size of a VM in Azure. Faced with so many options, many people freeze, and never get beyond talking about using [...]

Seeding Azure Backup Using Secure Disk Transfer

November 9, 2016 // 0 Comments

Microsoft’s online backup service, Azure Backup, was recently updated to greatly improve how the first big backup is done to the cloud. These improvements impacted the Azure Backup MARS agent, Microsoft Azure Backup Server, and System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM). I recently recorded a [...]

Hurricane Matthew – Start Those Planned Failovers

October 5, 2016 // 0 Comments

A hurricane is about to blast it’s way up the east coast of the USA, making landfall in south Florida probably early on Friday morning, and working it’s way up to Norfolk, VA, by Sunday morning. We know how much damage these hurricanes can do, especially if tides rise and seawater starts mixing [...]

Azure VM Price Reductions And Changes

October 4, 2016 // 0 Comments

Microsoft released news overnight that they have reduced the cost of some Azure virtual machines, effective October 1st. I help price up a lot of Azure IaaS solutions. Quite a few of the VM solutions never go anywhere, and I’m pretty sure that the per-minute/hour costs of the VMs play a big role [...]

Microsoft Azure & Office 365 Data Centres Go Live in UK

September 7, 2016 // 1 Comment

Microsoft has opened up the Azure data centres (centers for those of you in the USA) for Azure, Office 365, and more) in the UK. Azure has two new regions, UK West which is listed as Cardiff but is probably in Newport, and UK South which is listed as London but is probably near London. Office 365 [...]

How To Set Up Email Alerts In Azure Backup (Preview)

August 8, 2016 // 0 Comments

Microsoft announced, in a cryptic way, that Azure Backup has “additional monitoring and alerting capabilities”. Let’s focus on alerting because that’s been a huge request for Azure Backup. Every single meeting I’ve had on the subject included the question “does it do alerts?” and the [...]
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