Now that we’ve had half a year to process the Spectre and Meltdown flaws released in January, what’s been done about it? Are we now “safe” or are there other CPU flaws out there that we just don’t know about? Unfortunately, there’s always the risk of as-yet unknown vulnerabilities that could be exploited for malicious purposes. But in the meantime, security researchers and other organizations are working hard on fixes to make the Internet (and in this case, computer architecture itself) …

If you’re in Indianapolis on July 10, be sure to stop by the VMUG (VMware User Group) conference! What is the VMUG conference about?  VMUG usercons are created by VMWare uses specifically for VMWare users, which presents a great opportunity to meet with experts and peers in the area. During the conference, you can expect to: Connect with hundreds of VMware users in your area Attend educational sessions on the latest industry trends and topics Get an inside look at …

We’re very excited to announce that each of our five data centers as well as our headquarters are officially certified as ISO 27001 compliant! We received the good news from our auditors this month. The entire process took about four months–much faster than we or our auditors expected. What is ISO 27001 What’s so special about this? What is ISO 27001, anyway? Well, ISO 27001 is one in a set of standards that specifically outlines the requirements for establishing, implementing, maintaining …

Machine Learning has become more ingrained into our everyday lives, from smart assistants to detecting credit card fraud. In this post, we’ll talk about what machine learning is and some specific announcements related to Microsoft’s Azure Machine Learning tools. Back to basics Let’s start with what machine learning is. Machine learning is a type of artificial intelligence (AI), where computers take data and “teach” themselves through algorithms and statistical analysis to be more accurate in their analysis of that data and …

Are you ready for GDPR?

Posted on May 23, 2018 by

You’ve probably seen the “privacy change notices” flooding your email lately as a result of GDPR, and your team is probably getting your own organization’s emails ready to go out if they haven’t already. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) takes effect this Friday, May 25, but according to a survey by ISACA, a group focused on IT governance, only 29 percent of companies will be fully compliant by then. Are you one of them? If not, here’s what you …

Paying bills may never be America’s pastime, but just like baseball, hot dogs, apple pie (and Chevrolet), bill paying is a part of life. And when it comes time to write the check or swipe the card to pay your Microsoft Azure bill, have you fully understood and agreed to what you’re paying for? Cloud services bills are incredibly complex and if you’re not careful, you could be paying hundreds of thousands for services you don’t need or aren’t properly …

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 …

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