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 [...]

How My Site Went Offline On Friday, July 25th 2014

July 25, 2014 // 0 Comments

My site is hosted on Azure in the Dublin (Europe North) region. On Friday morning, I was checking something when I saw my site was not loading correctly – it was either offline or VERY slow. So I check the Azure status and saw it was offline. I restarted the application pool and the problem [...]

Microsoft Data Centres Going Greener

July 23, 2014 // 0 Comments

Microsoft’s data centres are pretty “green”. And when I say green, I mean that they build & install only what they absolutely need, and they focus very heavily on power. A common measurement stick is Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE), which Wikipedia defines as: … how much energy is used [...]

Creating a VNet-to-VNet VPN in Microsoft Azure

July 4, 2014 // 1 Comment

A while ago I read about how to connect VMs between two VNets and it was nasty: before we could create a VPN tunnel we had to open Endpoints (punch holes through firewalls) and hope for the best! Since TechEd NA 2014, we have had new functionality where we can connect two VNets, in the same or [...]
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