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 [...]

Wrapping Up MVP Summit 2016

November 11, 2016 // 0 Comments

I’ve spent the last week at Microsoft head quarters in Redmond, WA, staying at the nearby Bellevue, WA, with 1000-2000 other MVPs from around the world. I can’t share specifics – the first rule of Summit is that you don’t talk about Summit – but I can tell you that it’s always an [...]

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 [...]

Microsoft Increasing Prices in the UK

October 24, 2016 // 2 Comments

Microsoft announced late last week that prices will be increasing in the UK from January 1st. This has been expected for a while in the channel after the crash of Sterling versus the Euro and the US Dollar (the currency that Microsoft is based on). FYI, Microsoft has price lists in different [...]

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 [...]
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