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Head to the Cloud with These Three Popular Microsoft Azure Workloads

Head to the Cloud with These Three Popular Microsoft Azure Workloads

It’s nearly impossible to read an article or view a video centered on IT planning without a discussion of the cloud. Every day more organizations are looking to the cloud for their computing needs. The global cloud computing market grew 21 percent to $110 billion in 2015 according to Synergy Research Group. Some forecasts predict 60 percent of all computing will be done in the public cloud by 2025.

Increasingly, companies looking to the cloud are turning to Microsoft Azure. Nearly nine out of 10 Fortune 500 companies use Microsoft Cloud and there are currently 750 million Azure ActiveDirectory users. There have been 120 billion hits to websites run on the Azure Web App Service.

Why the cloud?

IT leaders now recognize the many advantages of moving workload to the cloud.

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Azure Site Recovery (ASR) | Easy and Cost-effective Disaster Recovery

Azure Site Recovery (ASR) | Easy and Cost-effective Disaster Recovery

Disaster recovery (DR) was once a privilege reserved for large enterprises with substantial budgets and sizeable IT staffs. In year’s past, small and mid-market companies could fall back to manual or paper based processes.  However, that simply isn’t the case today. For most businesses, the paper processes are a thing of the past. Losing access to their critical systems will mean loss of business, lost customers, and possibly even going out of business. This makes disaster recovery an absolute necessity. Fortunately, Azure Site Recovery (ASR) makes it cost-effective and easy. Azure Site Recovery list price is $25 per virtual machine per month – which is incredibly low. 

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How to Protect Your Data and Stop Shadow IT

How to Protect Your Data and Stop Shadow IT

Everyone has more work these days. And everyone wants to get it done as easily and efficiently as possible. Unfortunately, the shortcuts users take—like setting up shadow IT and reusing corporate credentials—can put data at risk. If your unfamiliar with the term “shadow IT,” it describes unsupported IT systems, solutions, hardware, and software that is not approved by an organization or their IT department.

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Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS) vs. Password Sync

Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS) vs. Password Sync

Figuring out the best way to implement Single Sign-On (SSO) in a Microsoft cloud environment can be challenging given how the options have evolved over time, but it’s a key component of any successful Office 365 or Azure deployment. There are four main options on how you can configure SSO: 

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Archiving Data in Azure Just Got Way More Affordable with Azure Blob Storage

Archiving Data in Azure Just Got Way More Affordable with Azure Blob Storage

Azure Blob storage, which is the ability for Azure to store all your unstructured data, now has an offer which provides a low cost to store archival and less used information. The cost of the first 100 Terabytes for local redundant storage is only 1 penny per month. Holy cow!   

Azure Blob storage is divided into two tiers - hot and cold.


Hot Tier

The hot tier stores the data you access and rely on the most. Hot storage has a higher storage cost but much lower access and transactional costs.

Cold Tier

The cold storage tier is the opposite: data you don’t access frequently that costs less to store but more to access. Azure Blob also gives you complete control over your data needs and storage priorities, allowing you to change your blobs of data from hot to cold (and vice versa) all within your Azure environment.

The best thing about Blob Storage in Azure is that the temperature of your data doesn’t impact access performance. There’s an insignificant difference (milliseconds) between data performance on hot and cold tiers. So, when you find yourself in a situation where cold data has suddenly become hot, you won’t face any delay in accessing the cold data like Azure’s major competitor. And like everything in Azure, the security, scalability, and durability of data operations doesn’t change between data temperatures.

With Azure Blob Storage, the focus is on optimizing your data, not the processes required to use the data effectively.

The business case for Azure Cloud Storage is strong.

infographic Microsoft Azure Datcenter Planning

Want more?

Below is a short video - Get started with Azure Storage that coveres how to get started using Azure Storage services including blobs, tables, files, and queues from Windows and Linux.

Click Here to learn more about the costs around Azure Hot and Cool Storage and contact us for the best advice on how to build your workloads in Azure including setting up new blobs.

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