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For Most Businesses, the Cloud Will Wait

According to a new study prepared by Spiceworks, the majority of business across the globe will be investing in on-premises server hardware for the near term. While some on-premises processes will be handled by the cloud, corporate-owned hardware is still a very hot budget item for at least the next 3 years for larger organizations. Medium and small businesses continue to utilize cloud services to maintain cost savings. But, larger organizations with thousands of employees, large support staff, and even larger data centers will continue to invest in new and replacement hardware. Per the report, some of the reasons for new hardware investment include: Company growth Performance degradation of existing infrastructure Maintenance costs associated with aging hardware Reliability issues Read th...

Microsoft Delivers Azure Sentinel to Preview – Intelligent Security Analytics for the Enterprise

Microsoft today has delivered into preview a new security analytics product called Azure Sentinel. Utilizing Artificial Intelligence (AI), the service constantly digs into the Enterprise to uncover potential security issues and to identify active ones. Azure Sentinel works across all hardware, users, devices, and software both on-premises and in the cloud. It collects data, detects faults and flaws, investigates what it finds, and then has orchestration built in to deliver mitigations. The data that Azure Sentinel collects can be imported into Office 365 where it’s reviewed and shared. Preview it for free here:

Microsoft Hosting a Hybrid Cloud Virtual Event on March 28

Microsoft has some Hybrid Cloud announcements to make and is using a virtual event to make those known. Microsoft’s Julia White heads the 1.5-hour event. Though labeled as an announcement event, the description proposes guidance on how to deploy and optimize the Hybrid Cloud strategy within enterprises. Join this virtual event to learn about strategies, insights, and technologies to optimize your hybrid cloud. Be among the first to learn about exciting new product capabilities. Register here: Virtual event: Accelerate Your Enterprise Cloud – Build a Successful Hybrid Strategy

iHome Scrambling to Fix Lingering Customers Problems After Cloud Outage

What do you do when the cloud goes down and your smart home goes offline? That’s yet another pitfall of connecting everything to the Internet. iHome’s cloud service that supplies communication to its smart home products went down this past Friday. The service was out from about 10:00am EST to 3:30pm EST. But, while the company’s services recovered in less than 6 hours, customers devices continued to have problems reconnecting to the restored service. The outage has been reported to be caused by an unseen issue during a “routine” maintenance window. How many times have we heard that from various cloud providers? Today, the company is sending an email to its customers with instructions for resolving remaining problems, which surprisingly include applying new fir...

Cloud Tip: Public Cloud Services Comparison

If you are looking for a comprehensive listing of cloud service comparisons that’s also easy to consume, take a look at Cloud Comparer. Cloud Comparer is an open source project that provides a robust and dependable comparison/mapping between the various services offered by the major cloud providers in a lively and updatable format. The comparison matrix covers AWS, Azure, Google Cloud Platform, IBM Cloud, Oracle, and Alibaba Cloud. Cloud Comparer is a valuable tool to help cut though the marketing hype about which cloud provider offers the most, and it clearly shows just how far ahead one provider is from the others. Link:   Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections...

State of the Cloud from IT/Dev Connections 2017

I have a cool job. That’s a given. I’ve worked conferences for almost 25 years and I get to use that experience to create one of the most fantastic conferences in IT/Dev Connections. During those 25 years, conferences have come and gone. The conference world has changed from time-to-time and then circled back on itself a few times, too. The ride has been invigorating, satisfying, and very eye-opening. Unlike other conference organizers, I like to stay engaged with our attendees to hear their feedback (and react to it), but also to get a real-world sense of what they are experiencing in their everyday professional lives. Just only a couple years ago, IT/Dev Connections content focus was primarily for on-premises operations with a little cloud thrown in. Many attendees were still wary of mix...

Ask The Experts at #ITDevConnections – Cloud and Data Center Track

Extremely valuable, our Ask the Experts sessions were streamed over Facebook Live at IT/Dev Connections 2017. Here’s the full recording for the Ask The Experts at #ITDevConnections – Cloud and Data Center Track.   Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in Dallas, Texas in 2018!

Cloud Reporting: How to Setup a Linked Server

By Garth Jones What about cloud reporting? What if your cloud provider doesn’t have the tools that you need to create reports from a database in the cloud? These were the questions on my mind when I was asked, “How can I get a daily report on an internal application?” Based on my discussions with IT professionals at conferences and online in forums, etc., reporting is still the number one item that people need and want. I don’t escape these reporting requests as I’m often asked by the Enhansoft team to create internal reports. This blog post will show you how I setup a linked SQL Server connection on one of my on-premises SQL Servers. This was done so that I could report on results from my cloud-hosted SQL Server database. Ultimately I created a SQL Server Reporting Services Report (SSRS) ...

Setting-Up HTTPS and Content Delivery Network

By Garth Jones In my upcoming 6-part blog post set, instead of focusing on ConfigMgr, I’m going to talk about the Cloud and how you can setup your company’s website or even your own blog site with HTTPS and/or Content Delivery Network (CDN). First, though, I’m going to cover HTTPS and CDN in this blog post and I’ll tell you why I think they are important. In later posts, I’ll walk you through the process of setting-up a website with both HTTPS and CDN using Azure CDN. What is HTTPS? Unlike HTTP, HTTPS guarantees that the connection between a computer and a website is secure and encrypted. This is great for securing login information or other sensitive information, and it may also help boost your website’s trust level. At a later date I will go into this in more detail, but for now notice i...

Service Health Status Dashboards for AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud Platform

When things go bad in the Cloud, customers need to know where problems exist and when providers expect to have issues resolved. Each of the big Cloud providers (Amazon, Microsoft, and Google) all offer a web-based dashboard that is available to customers and the public: AWS: Azure: Google Cloud Platform:   Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in San Francisco in 2017!

Connect(); // 2016 Keynotes: Scott Guthrie & Scott Hanselman

Relive all the huge announcements at Connect 2016, or hear them for the first time. Keynotes featuring Scott Guthrie, Scott Hanselman and many other Microsoft speakers and guests. Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Devs, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in San Francisco in 2017!

Google Covers Another Cloud Adoption Angle Through Partnership with Intel

Google’s hope is that companies want to move their on-premises operations completely to the cloud. Google has never had an on-premises play like Microsoft, so the predominantly search-focused company truly can’t speak to what Enterprises really want. Enterprises are focused solely on hybrid cloud operations these days and despite a lot of marketing play suggesting companies are marching to the cloud, that’s just not the case. Google’s cloud success is pinned on a full and complete migration from on-premises to the cloud, since the company has nothing of value to offer Enterprises that choose to keep certain functions in-house. But, through a new partnership with Intel announced today, you can expect the company will be working hard to convince Enterprises that cloud...

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