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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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Sarah Bunt

ON-DEMAND WEBINAR | Running SQL in Azure – The Pros and the Cons

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Azure has multiple benefits that allow you to leverage SQL Server technology...

One benefit is that it is available across physical on-premises machines, private cloud environments, third-party hosted private cloud environments, and the public cloud. With so many different options, your organization may need guidance on choosing the best scenario for your needs.

In this on-demand webinar, Interlink Cloud Advisors walks you through the different options of running SQL in Azure or a hybrid solution. We also show you how to choose the best options in different scenarios including high availability, scalability, and platform.

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Eric Brophy

Azure AD Password Protection & Smart Lockout Now in Public Preview

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Azure AD Password Protection helps eliminate easily guessed passwords from the environment, which can dramatically lower the risk of being compromised by attackers. It also protects by preventing users from setting their passwords to common, weak and risky passwords and prevents bad actors from trying to brute force attack those accounts.

Many attackers know how users create passwords, and more often than not, businesses ldo not have a security policy in place around user created passwords. Therefore, Azure AD Password Protection would be beneficial for any business that wants to improve their network security and prevent data loss through user identity compromise.

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