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Todd Shafer

10 Steps to Ensure a Successful Azure Migration

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Learn the top reasons why an Azure Migration fails & how to avoid them, along with the steps to help ensure your migration goes smoothly.

Moving an organization’s computing needs to a cloud solution is exciting and often revolutionary for an organization. Azure is usually a game-changer for companies, especially those looking to add layers of security, improve productivity and flexibility. But, just like any other major organizational change, migrating to an Azure platform takes strategy. The business and technological benefits of a successful cloud transfer are huge – agility, cost, assurance, etc., but the damage of a failed move is huge as well - impaired scalability, loss of data, business interruption, etc.

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Mike Wilson

Securing Guest Access Without Paying More with Azure Active Directory B2B

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Working with external companies and partner organizations just became a lot easier thanks to one of Azure AD’s service features: Azure AD Business-to-Business (B2B).

Companies always looking for solutions to improve their security and simplify collaboration. In today’s workplace, it’s very common for organizations to work with external partners. Office 365 is a great solution to collaborate with people both inside and outside your organizations, as it provides an easy way to share documents with external users or invite them to join your Microsoft Teams. Unfortunately, when you share using the default methods, your external users aren’t subject to the same security policies, such as multifactor authentication, that you’ve set up for your internal users. 

What most organizations are looking for is a way to manage external access that is predictable and consistent with their security practices. A hidden gem that is part of Azure Active Directory and solves this problem is leveraging Azure Active Directory B2B users. Azure AD B2B is not a different version of Active Directory, but just an additional feature that allows one organization to invite members from other organizations to share application access. This tool is beneficial not only for seamless collaboration, but it decreases the worry of security issues.

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Max Donaldson

Save Money in Azure with Server Subscriptions

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Do you have a steady workload that you expect to continuously run?

If so, there are a few options that offer great savings.

In our previous blog, Azure Pricing – How to Get Your Best Deal we discussed how Reserved Instances can help save you money on the compute side. In this article, we will walk through another way to drive down Azure costs for your Windows Server and SQL Server through a new offering called Server Subscriptions (SS).

So, what is a Server Subscription? A SS is when you subscribe to the use of the Windows Server or SQL Server family of products on a Cloud Solution Provider Agreement (CSP) and have the ability to use that software in Azure through the Hybrid Use Benefit (HUB).

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Max Donaldson

Azure Pricing – How to Get Your Best Deal

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 Azure pricing can be confusing...

Paying for what you use is typically a great concept, but many companies are struggling to understand how to get their best deal when running Azure workloads. In this article, we’ll discuss the three major ways to get a programmatic discount on Azure. These include Windows Server Hybrid Use Benefit, SQL Server Hybrid Use Benefit and Reserved Instances.

About a year ago, Microsoft announced a price cut on Azure which made the licensing pricing between the various licensing vehicles all similar. Then they also gave guidance to their sales teams not to discount Azure until the customer commitment was in the millions. So, it is critical to take advantage of these programmatic discounts to get the best deal possible.

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Eric Brophy

Multi-Factor Authentication and Why It’s Important

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Multi-Factor Authentication in Office 365 and the Enterprise Mobility + Security Suite

Microsoft reported in their breach investigation report that over 75% of network intrusions originated from exploited weak or stolen credentials. So, how can companies protect against threats from hackers who are trying to access their data? 

Microsoft’s Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) helps stop hackers through a process of authentication. It requires the use of more than one verification method and adds a second layer of security to user sign-ins and identity transactions. With MFA in place,hackers do not have access to the second-factordevice to login. The additional verification methods can include SMS text verification, mobile app approval or a phone call (with or without a pin). The end user experience can be improved by not promptinga second factor when they are on a trusted network or using a domain joined PC.

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Welcome to the Interlink Cloud Blog

All content provided on this blog is for informational purposes only. The owner of this blog makes no representations or warranties regarding the information from our partners or other external sources.