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Information Security

Azure Information Protection

At long last, a preview of Azure Information Protection has been released – along with a whole new set of EMS licensing[footnote]Introducing a licensing model that, instead of one-size-fits-all, is more similar to the Office 365 model – read more[/footnote]. Enterprise Mobility + Security, erstwhile the Enterprise Mobility Suite, has had a number of important […]

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Uncategorized

Developing Solutions In the Cloud

One of the hottest topic in the IT industry for several years now has been cloud computing, for some very good reasons – reducing capital and operational expenditure, offloading management of routine tasks to highly automated systems, and ¬†are some of the top reasons among many. As a direct result, there’s a lot of companies […]

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Cloud Migration

App Modernization 2: Dos and Dont’s

Continuing my previous post on Application Modernization, here I talk about some approaches that work, and some that don’t. tl;dr: Take your time moving to the cloud, and take the time to split the migration into stages – so that you can start taking advantage of the cloud using fairly simple architecture, then, as you […]

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Cloud Migration

App Modernization 1: What defines a Cloud-Ready Application?

A significant portion of my time working in Azure is spent working with clients who are planning on moving, are moving, or have moved existing applications to the cloud. This, of course, makes sense – it’s nice to imagine a world in which new business applications can be rebuilt on a regular basis, but in […]

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Cloud Migration

Making VHD Uploads to Azure Faster

Often, when I’m working with my clients, they request that I upload a disk image for them that they will use in Azure. I usually discourage this practice, because it makes standing up VMs more challenging, and very quickly, the uploaded image will be out of date. A¬†preferred deployment method is to use the standard […]

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Disaster Recovery

Business Continuity with Azure

What’s your current backup solution? What would happen if your datacenter burned down this weekend? What would happen if a junior administrator accidentally deletes a production SQL database or server? I’ve been asked to do a webinar describing the features that Microsoft Azure provides for backup and recovery, so I started thinking about the state […]

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Meta

Shaving the yak – or blogging?

So here’s the thing about blogging… As a technical guy, I tend to spend most of my time setting up (virtual) hardware and software. As a consultant, I spend my time setting it up, then I document and get out. Factor in ADD and a Twitter addiction, and I end up forming my thoughts into […]

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Meta

Underpinnings of my Blog

Photo by M. Rehemtulla for QUOI Media Group – Some rights reserved It’s Thanksgiving weekend in Canada, and my wife has taken the kids to the Rockton World’s Fair. The kids love seeing the animals, and it’s become a bit of a tradition. This has left me with the opportunity to catch up on the […]

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General

Hello world!

This is a blog site. I’m not sure what I’m going to be doing in this space, but hopefully more than I have in the past.