Microsoft Introduces Azure’s Availability Zones, Increasing Service Availability
Posted by Augusto Alvarez on October 3, 2017
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“Availability Zones” main concept resides on offer fault-isolated locations within an Azure region, which provides redundant power, cooling, networking and any other component related to Azure’s datacenters. The mission for these availability zones is to, of course, provide high availability for workloads running in these datacenters to guarantee resiliency in case of an outage.

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Microsoft Introduces Azure Confidential Computing, Always Encrypted Data
Posted by Augusto Alvarez on September 21, 2017
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It should not be any big surprise for anyone that security improvements, new security features and products are a top priority for most cloud providers. The huge financial impact the latest security breaches are generating within the market are highly noticeable, therefore the distrust from customers around cloud services are rising. Microsoft just announced the concept of Confidential Computing, a concept to allow encryption of data while in use.

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Azure Announcing Two Regions in Australia and Azure Site Recovery for US Government Regions
Posted by Augusto Alvarez on August 29, 2017
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Microsoft continues leading the pack of cloud providers regarding region locations, just announced two new regions in Australia. But that’s not all, the Government version of Azure announced availability for the Azure Site Recovery and Azure Backup features in all Gov regions in the US.

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AWS is Looking to Attract More South American Business: Snowball Tech Available for Sao Paulo Region
Posted by Augusto Alvarez on August 15, 2017
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Amazon Web Services (AWS) is continuously looking to expand their business (we’ve covered earlier about new regions coming for France, China, Sweden and Hong Kong), now they are pushing in another emerging market, South America: The Snowball technology will be offered to achieve faster migrations to the cloud to the Sao Paulo region.

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Microsoft Released in Public Preview a Customized Azure Service Health Dashboard
Posted by Augusto Alvarez on August 3, 2017
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One of the biggest concerns companies and IT users have regarding public cloud is about availability and reliability since organizations cannot control the solutions involved providing the services they are acquiring from their cloud provider. Microsoft is always looking to enhance the cloud perception, and now is taking a customizable approach for the Azure Service Health Dashboard, released recently in public preview.

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Walmart is Asking Providers to Avoid Storing Information in AWS, but is that a Right Decision?
Posted by Augusto Alvarez on July 21, 2017
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As a result of the recent major buyout from Amazon to Whole Foods, Walmart has recently asked their vendors and providers to not use Amazon Web Services (AWS) for hosting any of the Walmart data or even transactions. Adding to that recommendation, Walmart has been recommending to these providers to use Microsoft Azure instead. But is that a right decision to protect their information?

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AWS Expansion, New Regions for 2017 – 2018: France, China, Sweden and now Hong Kong
Posted by Augusto Alvarez on July 10, 2017
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Same as Microsoft’s strategy for locations within cloud services, Amazon Web Services (AWS) is adding more regions into their AWS datacenter ecosystem: France, China, and Sweden were recently announced as new regions for 2017/2018; and now Hong Kong will also have an AWS datacenter in 2018.

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Microsoft Announced an Improved Azure VPN: Better SLA and 6x Faster
Posted by Augusto Alvarez on July 3, 2017
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Every company managing an Azure environment knows that the Virtual Private Network (VPN) between their on-premises environment and the public cloud is crucial to guarantee services availability and performance. Microsoft just announced they are improving significantly their Azure VPN, the now called VPN gateways will have stricter SLA, enhanced security and up to a 6x faster performance.

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Microsoft Azure Expanding Regions to Africa
Posted by Augusto Alvarez on May 30, 2017
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World Wide Map of Microsoft Azure Services

In the cloud market share, Microsoft continues to take big and important leaps, now with a very innovative approach: Opening Azure Regions in Johannesburg and Cape Town (South Africa), where they will offer Microsoft Azure, Office 365 and Dynamics 365 services. This region will be #40 in Microsoft Azure, no other cloud provider owns as many regions globally for their services.

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VMware now will offer Horizon Cloud in Microsoft Azure
Posted by Augusto Alvarez on May 23, 2017
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There was a time, several years ago, where Microsoft thought of VMware as a true competitor since their virtualization platforms dominated (and still does) a market that Microsoft wanted to control. Even though there’s a strong battle between these two companies for the hypervisor market, now they see each other more as partners or technology enablers.

Real-Time App Delivery - Ultra-fast Desktop Provisioning - Contextual Policy Management

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