Hybrid Cloud

StorSimple–The Answer I Thought I’d Never Give

May 19, 2017 // 13 Comments

Lately I’ve found myself recommending StorSimple for customers on a frequent basis. That’s a complete reversal since February 28th, and I’ll explain why. StorSimple Microsoft acquired StorSimple, a physical appliance that is made in Mexico by a subsidiary of Seagate called Xyratex, several [...]

Podcast Recording: Talking WS2016 on AnexiPod

December 12, 2016 // 0 Comments

I recently recorded a podcast with Ned Bellavance of Anexinet, where we talked about Windows Server 2016 for nearly an hour. Tune in and hear what’s up with the latest version of Microsoft’s server operating system, Hyper-V, storage, cloud, and more! Technorati Tags: Windows Server [...]

Cloud & Datacenter Management 2016 Videos

June 1, 2016 // 0 Comments

I recently spoke at the excellent Cloud and Datacenter Management conference in Dusseldorf, Germany. There was 5 tracks full of expert speakers from around Europe, and a few Microsoft US people, talking Windows Server 2016, Azure, System Center, Office 365 and more. Most of the sessions were in [...]

Global Azure BootCamp 2016 – Dublin

March 21, 2016 // 1 Comment

Microsoft and “the community” are partnering once again to run The Azure Global BootCamp. ICYMI, the boot camp is a one-day event in locations around the world, where Azure veterans share their knowledge with attendees at this free event. This event is running in Dublin at 09:30 on Saturday [...]

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 [...]

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 // 19 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 [...]

Understanding Azure Standard Storage and Pricing

October 1, 2015 // 0 Comments

Imagine that you’re brand new to Azure. You’ve been asked to price up a solution with some virtual machines. You use the best pricing tool for Azure and land at a page that has a bewildering collection of 12 items. You read through them, and are left none the wiser. I’m going to try cut [...]
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