As we look ahead to 2019 and that all-important “year of the future” 2020, what’s ahead for cloud computing? What should organizations be on the lookout for? Cloud goes all in Sooner or later, the bandaid of moving systems over piecemeal has to come off. Whenever possible, organizations are moving away from the lift-and-shift strategy and looking to refactor or rebuild entirely, according to Gartner. More than half of enterprises already using cloud now will have an “all-in” cloud strategy …

Note: This is a guest blog post by Kurt Schaldenbrand, Online Tech’s Product Design Manager. You’ve made the choice to modernize your IT infrastructure and migrate from your legacy systems to a new, more optimal environment. Now what? How do you move your mission-critical applications without losing information or disrupting day-to-day operations while the process completes? Who will create and manage the overall migration plan? Who will monitor the migration and respond to issues as they come up? When it’s …

Whether you use a PC or a Mac, if you are like me, you must rely on Windows Explorer or the Mac Finder to visualize and search your files and data as they are stored on your computer. These tools provide a user-friendly and intuitive way to manage all types of files and documents. They allow you to create new ones, move existing ones around, delete some, rename some, search their content, view metadata describing them, or even open and …

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 …

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 …

Microsoft Azure support for high performance computing (HPC) workloads (or sometimes referred to as Big Compute) has evolved rapidly over the past few years. In this blog post, I will go over the history and support for HPC in Microsoft Azure, including Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) solutions, Platform as a Service solutions (PaaS), and even Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions from Microsoft and/or its partners. I will also cover some of the most important scenarios where Big Compute …

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 …

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