(Cloud) Tip of the Day: Announcing General Availability of Azure Reserved VM Instances (RIs)

Today’s tip… Azure Reserved VM Instances (RIs) are generally available for customers worldwide, effective November, 16th.  Azure RIs enable you to reserve Virtual Machines on a one- or three-year term, and provide up to 72% cost savings versus pay-as-you-go prices. Azure RIs give you price predictability and help improve your budgeting and forecasting. Azure RIs…


(Cloud) Tip of the Day: Announcing automatic OS upgrades for Azure VM scale sets

Today’s tip… When Azure virtual machine scale sets were introduced, we made it easy to deploy and manage cloud infrastructure at very large scale. We are continually looking for ways to lower the overall cost of managing cloud infrastructure. One area of cost that increases with scale is maintaining each virtual machine patched to the…


(Cloud) Tip of the Day: Azure Managed Applications

Today’s tip… Azure Managed Applications enable Managed Service Provider (MSP) and Independent Software Vendor (ISV) partners, and enterprise IT teams to deliver fully managed, turnkey cloud solutions that can be made available through the Azure Marketplace or through the enterprise service catalog of a specific end-customer. In this blog, we’re focusing on the Azure Marketplace…


(Cloud) Tip of the Day: Which Azure Region?

Today’s tip… With 42 announced regions worldwide, each with different capabilities; deciding which Azure Datacenter to deploy your workload to can be a complicated decision.  Fortunately, we make it easy to view which features and products are available in each region. In Azure PowerShell, you can use Get-AzureRmLocation and Get-AzureLocation to get details on the…


(Cloud) Tip of the Day: Announcing new Azure Government capabilities for classified mission-critical workloads

Today’s tip… We recently announced at the Microsoft Government Cloud Forum in Washington D.C., a number of important advances for Azure Government, the dedicated cloud for our U.S. Government customers and their partners. We’re expanding our support for highly-classified workloads, delivering advanced technologies like Blockchain and support for High Performance Computing, and increasing our available…


Tip of the Day: S2D on VMware

Today’s tip… Ever wondered if S2D is supported on VMware? We have recently published updated guidance on our support along with a subset of features/configurations that are supported in a virtualized environment (both Hyper-V and VMware). Don’t know what S2D is? Check this out. Reference: “Using Storage Spaces Direct in guest virtual machine clusters” -…

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Tip of the Day: Windows Server 2016 Update Questions Answered

Today’s tip… Question: My customer noticed that Microsoft has moved to monthly updates for Windows. They would like to know why there was a move to monthly updates and if they should be expecting a Service Pack for Windows Server 2016? Answer: Great questions. Microsoft moved to monthly updates to improve product quality and remove…