Serverless computing, where operational resource management is left to the cloud provider, has been exploding in popularity. According to Right Scale’s 2018 State of the Cloud report, it’s the fastest growing extended cloud service, at 75 percent rate year over year. That growth has led to more curiosity and use of serverless architectures and Function as a Service from the two biggest cloud providers, AWS and Microsoft. In this post, we’ll look at AWS Lambda and Microsoft Azure Functions architectures …

The European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will be enforced starting May 25th, 2018. That’s only 10 weeks away! Are you still scrambling to become compliant? You’re not alone. According to a survey by Solix Technologies, 22 percent of companies were still unaware they had to comply with GDPR as recently as December. The general consensus is that half of all US companies that should be compliant with GDPR by May 25 will not be. Do you need to meet …

Note: This is a guest post by Sam Youness, who has 20 years of experience history in technical and solutions architecture, engineering, and consulting, with more than 12 of those at Microsoft, specializing implementing the newest technologies for his clients. Sam is also a Microsoft Certified Azure Architect. Resource groups (RG) in Azure is a new approach to group a collection of assets in logical groups for easy or even automatic provisioning, monitoring, and access control, and for more effective …

Is Azure Stack right for me?

Posted on February 26, 2018 by

Microsoft’s highly touted hybrid cloud offering, Azure Stack, is now available for ordering, but does that mean you should run right out and get it? Before deciding that, we’ll quickly review what Azure Stack is as well as use cases that might benefit from it and challenges around deploying it. Up until now, Azure was known solely as a public cloud provider. With Azure Stack organizations get the same functionality, performance and security of Azure public cloud, but with the …

Managing customer and employee information properly can be a daunting task for any organization, and determining whether that information should be kept on-premise or in the cloud even more so. Active Directory (AD) is one identity management tool that can help businesses in this respect. AD has had some big changes since its early inception, which we’ll talk about in this post. In the olden days of Microsoft Windows Server AD, you had a simple on-premise repository that stored a …

If you use Azure, you know you need to know about the Security Center. Why? One of the biggest challenges (and a major concern for executives) to using the cloud successfully is security, and for good reason. Recent public revelations about data breaches due to poorly configured Amazon S3 buckets are making users think twice before moving to the public cloud. For current Azure users, that risk can be mitigated by properly understanding  how to apply Azure Security Center to your …

What is edge computing?

Posted on January 30, 2018 by

The IoT revolution  is in full swing, bringing with it an army of devices (about 5.6 billion in three years) never before connected to the internet, including thermostats, motion detectors, and automobiles. With all the data that IoT devices generate, the need to process and analyze some of it closer to its creation point has become more important. That need has brought about a new model of cloud computing called Edge Computing. How does this new model change the way …

As we’ve mentioned before, there are three basic components to business continuity: There’s offsite backup, disaster recovery, and data protection as a service (DPaaS). While offsite backup and disaster recovery are the more well known pieces, data protection has an important role, too. Below are a few examples of practical applications of data protection as a service in everyday business: Example A: Company A is a data clearinghouse for the healthcare insurance industry, and needed a better way to handle …

Note: This is a guest post by Sam Youness, who has 20 years of experience history in technical and solutions architecture, engineering, and consulting, with more than 12 of those at Microsoft, specializing implementing the newest technologies for his clients. Sam is also a Microsoft Certified Azure Architect. The Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities have shaken the IT industry and left some people wondering about the security of their mission-critical data in a multi-tenant environment. Data hosting is still a viable option …

IT magazine The Register reported that there was a major flaw with Intel, AMD, ARM and POWER chips that affect virtually every single computer ever made in the past 20 years. What a way to bring in the new year, eh? There are two flaws: One is called Spectre, and the other is Meltdown. Meltdown primarily affects Intel and ARM chips, where bad actors can get the CPU to reveal application information from the machine kernel, such as passwords. The good …

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