Author: Ryan Boud

Cloud First

“Cloud First” – it’s something we’ve all heard from a variety of companies but why do some organisations struggle with “Cloud First”? Before we can get in to the “why organisations struggle with Cloud First” conversation, we need to understand two things: What is “Cloud”? What is “Cloud First”? What is Cloud? Cloud isn’t a location – this may sound controversial but there are many types of Cloud: ...

Azure Stack – Black Box Architecture

Previously I talked about the Integrated System approach from Microsoft for Azure Stack. In this post I want to talk a little bit more about why Microsoft will be sealing the system. Azure Stack will run on a black box architecture with no way to get in the systems running on it. All of your administration is performed through the Azure Stack Resource Manager. You will not be able to log on the Hy...

Public Preview of Azure to Azure Site Recovery

Microsoft have announced the public preview of their new Azure to Azure Site Recovery feature. This allows you to replicate Virtual Machine running in Azure from Region to another without having to deploy additional infrastructure such as the original ASR software. The replication is configured through the Recovery Services Vault. This feature has been in Private Preview for quite a while now and ...

Azure Stack Development Kit (PoC)

Azure Stack, for a production deployment, will only be available on Integrated Systems as described here. However, there is an option for you to install Azure Stack on a single server to “kick the tyres” … This is the Azure Stack PoC (PoC), soon to be renamed to Azure Stack Development Kit. This server does not need to have all the required hardware that a production deployment would require, for ...

Integrated Systems and Azure Stack

Microsoft have announced that Azure Stack will only be available on integrated systems from a select number of vendors: Dell EMC HPE Lenovo Cisco (after the GA release of Azure Stack) You can watch a video here (https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/resources/videos/microsoft-azure-stack-insights-into-integrated-systems/) with Vijay Tewari, Principal Group Program Manager, where he talks about the int...

Business Case for Azure Stack

Azure Stack is Microsoft’s brand new offering in the hybrid cloud space that uses the same technology as their hyperscale public could, Microsoft Azure. With this Microsoft, the ONLY hyperscale public cloud provider that can offer their services in a truly hybrid fashion. This essentially allows YOU to run Azure in your own datacentre. Microsoft have said that “Cloud is model, not a place” and thi...

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