Guest on RunAs Radio Talking Azure RemoteApp

March 25, 2015 // 0 Comments

Richard Campbell, the host of the RunAs Radio podcast, saw a tweet from me talking about Azure AD, and thought he should ask me back on to have a chat. I had been working on developing training materials on RemoteApp. The use-case that caught my interest was the ability to use RemoteApp to remove [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

The Price Of Azure Online Backup is … I Don’t Know!

February 27, 2015 // 9 Comments

Microsoft sent out emails last night to inform Azure customers that the pricing of Azure Online Backup is changing. Currently, you get 5 GB free and then pay €0.149/month (rounded to €0.15) in North Europe for each additional 1 GB. On April 1st, the pricing structure changes: So, 5 GB free. [...]

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, [...]

Why I’m Diving Into Azure

February 21, 2015 // 12 Comments

Two years ago, if you’d asked me which direction I would expand into from Hyper-V, it wouldn’t have been into Azure. But, things change. Back in 2007, I believe that I blogged that I wouldn’t work with Hyper-V and would be sticking with VMware. Then a year later I’m working with Hyper-V, [...]

Mark Twain’s Advice on Microsoft Azure

December 22, 2014 // 0 Comments

I’ve been doing Azure events since August and I’ve come to the conclusion that there are 3 types of people in the audience: Want to learn now – a small percentage of the audience Have a small measure of interest but never try anything out – maybe over half of the room Are only [...]

Azure Backup & SCDPM Public Feedback Opportunity

December 11, 2014 // 0 Comments

Microsoft is giving you the chance to provide feedback and vote on existing ideas for Azure Online Backup and System Center Data Protection Manager. This is a great idea. Personally speaking, it’s validating a number of things that I have fed back to Microsoft already, and a number of things that [...]

You Cannot Switch To Azure Open Licensing – Yet

September 19, 2014 // 0 Comments

There are a number of ways that you can purchase Azure. You can get it as a part of an enterprise agreement (high cost of entry, but highest value). You can get it via one of these means: Pay direct (credit card) Trial MSDN benefit We in the licensing biz bundle those options up as MOSP (Microsoft [...]
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