Virtualisation

Understanding & Pricing Azure Virtual Machine Backup

October 8, 2015 // 3 Comments

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 [...]

Understanding Azure Premium SSD Data Storage & Pricing

October 5, 2015 // 17 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 [...]

Azure Virtual Machine Specs

October 1, 2015 // 5 Comments

This post is a part of a series: Understanding Microsoft’s Explanation of Azure VM Specs The Different Azure Virtual Machine Types Picking an Azure Virtual Machine Tier Azure Virtual Machine Specs (this post) Any prices shown are Euro for North Europe and were correct at the time of writing. Pick [...]

The Different Azure Virtual Machine Types

September 30, 2015 // 4 Comments

This post is a part of a series: Understanding Microsoft’s Explanation of Azure VM Specs The Different Azure Virtual Machine Types (this post) Picking an Azure Virtual Machine Tier Azure Virtual Machine Specs “Just give me a normal virtual machine” … AAAARGGHHH! Deploying a type of virtual [...]

How Much Memory Does My Hyper-V Host Require?

September 30, 2015 // 11 Comments

If you are trying to figure out how much RAM you have left for virtual machines then this is the post for you. When Microsoft launched Dynamic Memory with W2008 R2 SP1, we were introduced to the concept of a host reserve (nothing to do with the SCVMM concept); the hypervisor would keep so much [...]

Picking an Azure Virtual Machine Tier

September 30, 2015 // 0 Comments

This post is a part of a series: Understanding Microsoft’s Explanation of Azure VM Specs The Different Azure Virtual Machine Types Picking an Azure Virtual Machine Tier (this post) Azure Virtual Machine Specs If you are looking at deploying an A-Series virtual machine in Azure then there are two [...]

News for IT Pros from AzureCon

September 29, 2015 // 6 Comments

Microsoft announced a bunch of new stuff in the Azure world today for AzureCon. Here’s a summary of the stuff relevant to IT pros. Azure is growing still: Azure Container Service Microsoft describes this as: … an open source container scheduling and orchestration service which builds on our [...]

Microsoft News – 28 September 2015

September 28, 2015 // 0 Comments

Wow, the year is flying by fast. There’s a bunch of stuff to read here. Microsoft has stepped up the amount of information being released on WS2016 Hyper-V (and related) features. EMS is growing in terms of features and functionality. And Azure IaaS continues to release lots of new features. [...]
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