Category Archives: Cloud Computing

Microsoft Slashes Prices on Select Azure VMs

Microsoft just announced price reductions up to 17% on the latest version of the popular Azure D-series virtual machines. The Dv2 Virtual Machines are based on the newest generation Intel Xeon processors sport 35% faster CPUs than D “v1” virtual … Continue reading

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Automated Everything with SQL Server on IaaS VMs

COREY SANDERSDirector of Program Management, Azure Today, we are excited to announce support for automated backup and automated patching, available directly in the portal for SQL Server Azure Virtual Machines. Both of these features are built with the new SQL … Continue reading

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PowerShell Seen as Key to Azure Automation

The Azure Automation service currently depends on “20 Azure Automation cmdlets,” which allow the scripting of repeatable actions or runbooks on the Microsoft Azure cloud platform. However, when Microsoft releases the Azure Automation service as a product, then that number … Continue reading

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Microsoft Cloud – Which SSO option is right for your company?

As IT organizations begin to implement Microsoft Cloud services, the need for a single sign-on capability increases.   Single sign-on, or SSO, allows users to login once with their account and password and gain access all of their systems without having … Continue reading

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Trouble getting started with Microsoft Azure?

Cloud 9 has helped several organizations save money and become more agile by moving their on-premises systems to Microsoft Azure, both Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS) solutions. We’ve found that while PaaS solutions provide … Continue reading

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Backup and Restore of Azure Virtual Machines

Microsoft recently announced a new capability in Azure that provides the ability to create snapshots of running Virtual Machines (OS and data disks).   It is implemented as a specialized image that can be then provisioned using the New-AzureQuickVM cmdlet.     The functionality … Continue reading

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IaaS for Azure and inclusion of cloud use in enterprise agreements has helped Microsoft’s cloud services gain momentum, says general manager Mike Neil. Microsoft’s Mike Neil said the Windows Azure cloud may have joined the infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) competition only last … Continue reading

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