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AWS Still Dominating Cloud Market, but Azure, Google and Alibaba are Growing Faster
Posted by Augusto Alvarez on January 24, 2018
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No one should be surprised at this point if we mention that Amazon Web Services (AWS) is the main cloud provider in the market, they were and still are one of the main innovators and precursors of cloud services. It’s not going to be a surprise either if we tell you the Microsoft Azure is in second place and growing, but it may surprise you how much Google Cloud is actually growing and that Alibaba Cloud was the second largest growth year-over-year.

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Azure with New Apps Features: Adaptive Applications Controls and App Service Diagnostics
Posted by Augusto Alvarez on January 10, 2018
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Microsoft is continuously releasing new features and options available in their public Azure version, the initial state is usually the “preview” of this feature, which after a period and final touches transforms into General Availability (GA). Within the last couple of weeks, Microsoft released two new features in these two different stages: Adaptive Applications Controls as a public preview and Azure App Service Diagnostics as general availability. These new features come with great benefits for organizations relying on Azure to host critical applications.

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Introducing Azure Automation
Posted by Nicolas Prigent on December 19, 2017
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Automating every single task is one of the biggest challenges for every SysAdmin. Either you work on-premise or with Azure, you must automate most of your day-to-day task in order to save your time. In this article, I would like to introduce Azure Automation which is a software as a service (SaaS) application and a wonderful tool in order to automate repeated tasks. Nowadays, every SysAdmin should try to keep its IT infrastructure up and running.

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Microsoft is Looking for your VMware Workloads, Announcing Azure Migrate
Posted by Augusto Alvarez on November 27, 2017
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We won’t be telling you anything new if we are talking about Microsoft looking to take away VMware resources to the cloud, and now they are including a new product to facilitate the VMware workloads to the MS cloud – Microsoft Azure Migrate – is a free tool, launching Nov. 27th, that will make it easy for VMware customers to bring their application to the cloud.

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Amazon and Microsoft Now Announce a Joint Project: Gluon
Posted by Augusto Alvarez on October 31, 2017
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Gluon was defined by these two companies as “an open source deep learning interface that allows developers to more easily and quickly build machine learning models without compromising training performance”. But, what exactly does this represent? It’s acting as an interface that lets developers, of different skill levels, use Python and pre-built deep learning templates to simplify the building of models to run neural networks.

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Microsoft is Announcing Azure File Share Snapshots in Public Preview
Posted by Augusto Alvarez on October 24, 2017
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Managing snapshots, or at least using a tool that manages the snapshots for you, is a very common scenario for any IT admin today. Windows clients have this option available for a long time, storage systems leverage snapshots for several processes, but probably the most well-known scenario we see snapshots today are backups. Microsoft just announced they are offering, as a public preview, the snapshots functionality for Azure File Shares.

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Configure K2 SmartForms for AAD Authentication
Posted by Mikhail Rodionov on October 19, 2017
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In this blog post, I decided to put this AAD instance to more serious/interesting use and configure K2 SmartForms for AAD authentication. When configured, such AAD integration allows AAD users to log in to K2 SmartForms web sites (Runtime, Designer, Management) and enables K2 to use AAD users as destination users in workflows’ client events or pull users details via Azure Active Directory Service broker and respective SmartObjects.

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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 AD instance set up basic walkthrough
Posted by Mikhail Rodionov on September 14, 2017
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This article intended to give basic walkthrough on how to set up an Azure Active Directory instance and demonstrate some simple example of what you can do with it once it has been set up – sort of AAD “show and tell”. I believe a lot of people prefer hands on approach, where you trying to use technology right off the bat, throwing glances at documentation as necessary. This blogpost can be a good starting point for such type of learning journey.

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