Azure Germany in CSP

Azure Germany in CSP
Azure Germany in CSP

Azure in Germany was launched in 2016, and if you’ve heard about that, you may already know, that Azure in Germany is different from other Azure regions. Azure in Germany is an isolated instance of Azure. It doesn’t connected to other Azure regions. Azure Portal URL is different – https://portal.microsoftazure.de. I recommend to read this article to…


StorSimple in CSP

Azure StorSimple in CSP
Azure StorSimple in CSP

In February a long–awaited Azure solution – virtual StorSimple – became available for all CSP partners. Azure StorSimple is a Hybrid Storage solution from Microsoft. It can be deployed as a physical device or as a virtual appliance, and it uses Azure Storage to store cool data. StorSimple storage is accessible through iSCSI or SMB protocol, so an existing…


OMS in CSP

OMS in CSP
OMS in CSP

A lot of CSP partners ask about OMS availability in CSP. In this article I’ll show what OMS components are available in CSP and how to use them. Microsoft Operations Management Suite (OMS) includes several management solutions for hybrid cloud. It was introduced in May 2015 as an evolution of System Center, and it’s capable…


Azure subscription rights challenge in CSP

Azure CSP
Azure CSP

Let’s imagine a situation when you are a CSP Partner and you provide Azure services to your customer. Customer purchases Office 365 licenses from another reseller (e.g. under Enterprise Agreement), and that reseller is a managing partner (delegated admin) for customer’s tenant. Customer wants you to manage Azure services only, and don’t manage Office 365. You’ve…


Quickly deploy RDS 2016 in Azure

In this post I’ll show how to deploy a minimal Windows Server 2016 Remote Desktop Services farm in Azure in 20 minutes using Azure Resource Manager template. Such farm will be enough to provide Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) for 5 to 100 end-users. It was designed as a single-tenant solution, then can be quickly deployed in Azure with minimal effort for every customer. My…


N-series – first Azure VMs with GPU

Azure N-series
Azure N-series

Great news – Azure N-series Virtual Machines are now available in public preview. N-Series instances are enabled with NVIDIA’s cutting edge GPUs to allow you to run GPU-accelerated workloads and visualize them. These powerful sizes come with the agility you have come to expect from Azure, paying per-minute of usage. N-Series VMs are split into…


Building Database-as-a-Service on SQL Server 2016

DBaaS SQL Server 2016
DBaaS SQL Server 2016

Many service providers wish to offer new types of services to their customers. They want to move further from regular IaaS to services with more added value, like PaaS or SaaS. One of the options is Database-as-a-Service offering aka DBaaS. Such service includes IaaS, DBMS software licenses and database engine maintenance, provided by the service provider…


New RDS Capabilities in Windows Server 2016 for Service Providers

RDS 2016
RDS 2016

Remote Desktop Services (RDS) were significantly improved with a release of Windows Server 2016. Service Providers now can build more functional and reliable Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) solutions for their customers, including VDI scenarios with GPU acceleration. Here is the list of RDS 2016 new features and improvements, that can be interesting for service providers: Windows10-like experience…


Windows Azure Pack lifecycle was extended to 2027

Good news! Windows Azure Pack lifecycle was updated. It means that: Azure Pack is not dead, and it’s far from being dead. Azure Pack will continue to evolve until 2022 (6 years from now) and will be supported until 2027 (11 years from now). Azure Pack already supports new features of Windows Server 2016 like Shielded VMs…


Shielded VMs in Windows Server 2016

Shielded VM
Shielded VM

A lot of customers ask service providers: “How can you guarantee, that your technical staff won’t steal our confidential data?” And honestly speaking, there is no simple answer for that. Some service providers can say that they have organizational policies and security monitoring in place, others say that they will implement encryption of tenant’s data etc….