Licensing

Thinking About Or Using Azure? Then Give This A Vote

July 6, 2015 // 2 Comments

Microsoft has some of the dumbest boundaries between the licensing deployments of their cloud products. If you deploy direct-billing (MOSP, and this includes MSDN) Azure then you cannot switch your services to Open licensing. If you are in syndicated Office 365 then you cannot switch to volume [...]

Microsoft News 02-June-2015

June 2, 2015 // 0 Comments

The big news of the last 24 hours is that Windows 10 will be released on July 29th. I posted before The Verge, etc, that I will be away and not reporting on the release on that date. Hyper-V How Shared VHDX Works on Server 2012 R2: V2.0 of SVHDX files is in WS2016. MVP Carsten Rachfahl interviews [...]

Microsoft News – 25-May-2015

May 22, 2015 // 0 Comments

It’s taken me nearly all day to fast-read through this lot. Here’s a dump of info from Build, Ignite, and since Ignite. Have a nice weekend! Hyper-V What’s New in Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V: A post I wrote for Petri.com Linux Integration Services 4.0 Announcement: As part of this release [...]

VMware Increasing Pricing For Partners

March 25, 2015 // 2 Comments

I was forwarded an email today from a VMware distributor that informs VMware authorised partners that their prices are going up. No customer buys software directly from the big software vendors. Typically the path is either: Manufacturer > Distributor > Reseller > Customer Manufacturer [...]

New Azure Backup Pricing Description – With Examples

March 23, 2015 // 6 Comments

Microsoft has corrected and changed the description of the new pricing for Azure Online Backup that comes into effect on April 1st. This is after the owners of the website royally screwed the pooch in February with a confusing and incorrect posting. NOTE: I am redacting this post because no one is [...]

Microsoft News – 3 March 2015

March 3, 2015 // 0 Comments

Here’s the latest in the Microsoft world! Hyper-V Enabling Secure Boot on Linux with the Windows Technical Preview: Making use of Generation 2 VM security. System Center Choose between differencing disks or dedicated disks: New functionality for SCVMM/WAP. Azure Real World Site debugging using [...]

Video – Pricing Solutions With Azure Virtual Machines

February 27, 2015 // 2 Comments

One of the biggest blockers, in my personal opinion, to Azure IaaS adoption in the SME space is understanding how to price solutions. I don’t get questions about technology, features, cost, trust or any of that; instead, I get questions such as “how much will this cost me?”. Microsoft does [...]

Video: Microsoft Azure For Small-Medium Businesses

February 26, 2015 // 0 Comments

Earlier today I produced a video for my employers to discuss the role of Microsoft Azure infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) in the SME/SMB market. In the video I talk a little about what Azure is, the economic sense of a service like Azure for these businesses, how the Open licensing scheme works, [...]
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