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Azure in CSP

February 1, 2016 // 0 Comments

If you work for a Microsoft partner then there’s a good chance that you’ve heard of CSP. This is a new method for reselling subscription services such as Office 365, CRM Online, EMS, and Azure (and more) instead of direct billing (by Microsoft) or Open (resold) licensing agreements. The benefit [...]

Azure Stack Preview Is Public

January 29, 2016 // 2 Comments

Microsoft has launched the public preview of Azure Stack, something that has been in TAP for several months now. You can find the download on MSDN right now. This is the first time that you can run services in Azure, a hosting partner, or on premises … with the same consistent experience. ARM [...]

The Genuine Need for Disaster Recovery In Ireland/EU

December 30, 2015 // 4 Comments

How many times have you watched or read the news, saw some story about an earthquake, hurricane, typhoon, or some other disaster and think “that will never happen here”? Stop kidding yourself; disasters can happen almost everywhere. I’ve always considered Ireland to be relatively safe. We [...]

How Much Does X In Azure Cost?

November 30, 2015 // 1 Comment

If you want to make me angry/ridicule you, this is the question to ask me. Let me ask you a question. How much does it cost to buy a car? Well, sir/mam, that depends. Would you like this fine classic? Or would you like something more mobile but on the basic end? How about something with a bit more [...]

Russinovich on Hyper-V Containers

October 29, 2015 // 5 Comments

We’ve known since Ignite 2015 that Microsoft was going to have two kinds of containers in Windows Server 2016 (WS2016): Windows Server Containers: Providing OS and resource virtualization and isolation. Hyper-V Containers: The hypervisor adds security isolation to machine & resource [...]

Microsoft News – 19 October 2015

October 19, 2015 // 2 Comments

It turns out that Microsoft has been doing some things that are not Surface-related. Here’s a summary of what’s been happening in the last while … Hyper-V Microsoft Loves Linux Deep Dive #2 – Linux and FreeBSD Integration Services Core Features: Talking about the services that are [...]

Understanding & Pricing Azure Virtual Machine Backup

October 8, 2015 // 1 Comment

In this article I want to explain how you can backup Azure virtual machines using Azure Backup. I’ll also describe how to price up this solution. Backing up VMs Believe it or not, up until a few weeks ago, there was no supported way to backup production virtual machines in Azure. That meant you [...]

Azure Backup Project Venus Has Gone Live

October 6, 2015 // 5 Comments

Woohoo! Azure Backup has started the evolution from a very basic online backup service to something very interesting – the price is already super competitive versus MozyPro and the gazillions of Ahsay-based vendors but functionality has been a challenge. If you’re not aware of Venus, then [...]

What Are Azure Virtual Networks

October 5, 2015 // 0 Comments

When I started learning how to use Azure IaaS, I probably spent most of my time learning about Azure virtual networking. I found VMs to be easy; it’s just self-service virtualization and it’s based on Hyper-V so it was an easy evolution for me. But the networking required a bit of learning, [...]

Understanding Azure Premium SSD Data Storage & Pricing

October 5, 2015 // 11 Comments

If you are deploying services that require fast data then you might need to use shared SSD storage for your data disks, and this is made possible using a Premium Storage Account with DS-Series or GS-Series virtual machines. Read on to learn more. More Speed, Scottie! A typical virtual machine will [...]
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