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Azure Right-Sizing: Eliminate Unnecessary Cloud Spend

Posted by Eric Rhoads on Nov 25, 2019 2:00:50 PM
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Topics: Microsoft, Azure

Lifting Your Legacy SCADA to the Cloud – an Azure Approach

Posted by Brad Watson on Apr 23, 2019 9:16:41 AM

When it comes to manufacturing and utilities, legacy applications have considerable sticking power. For example, a substantial number of manufacturers are still using legacy SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) systems. These legacy systems are unable to keep up with the speed demanded by information technology in the era of industry 4.0 – and they’re also dramatically vulnerable to cyberattacks. A recent survey by Kasperksy labs shows that almost 43% of industrial control systems (ICS, of which SCADA is a subset) were attacked or infected by malware last year.

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Topics: Azure, Digital Transformation

Ensuring Data Security and Regulatory Compliance in the Cloud

Posted by Brad Watson on Jan 28, 2019 11:30:09 AM

Most business solutions are migrating to the cloud due to the flexibility, scalability, and cost-saving features. However, while moving to the cloud, data, systems, and services can be exposed to serious security and compliance challenges.

When moving data to the cloud, it is necessary to ensure that your information and data remain compliant with the laws and regulations of your industry.

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Topics: Azure, Digital Transformation, cloud security

Hybrid Cloud Approaches When Full Cloud Adoption Isn’t Possible

Posted by Brad Watson on Jan 21, 2019 1:25:43 PM

Technology and businesses are increasingly moving to the cloud. However, certain conditions (such as security concerns, regulatory issues, or abnormal workflows of data) prevent complete public cloud adoption for some businesses. For these businesses, the solution can be the hybrid cloud model, which provides the rapid provisioning of resources on a billing/usage basis (public cloud), while maintaining the speed, reliability, and agility of an on-premises solution (private cloud).

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Topics: Azure, Digital Transformation, cloud security

Azure SQL Data Warehouse Introduction

Posted by Lucas Feiock on May 17, 2017 9:54:38 PM

Azure SQL Data Warehouse is a fully managed, elastic data warehouse-as-a-service for processing enterprise workloads.

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Topics: SQL Server, Azure

Azure SQL Data Warehouse [Data Import Strategies]

Posted by Lucas Feiock on May 17, 2017 9:54:21 PM

The process of loading data into a traditional data warehouse typically follows the pattern of Extracting, Transforming, and Loading (ETL). Most businesses use a dedicated server to perform these operations.

However, with MPP architecture and the ability to load data fast, the new standard is becoming Extract, Load, and Transform or ELT.

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Topics: SQL Server, Azure

5 Reasons Why Azure PaaS Matters

Posted by Mike Branstein on Jan 25, 2017 8:30:00 AM

What is PaaS?

Platform as a service (PaaS) is a complete development and deployment ecosystem for the cloud.  

PaaS hides the complexity and need to manage the underlying infrastructure.  With PaaS, businesses can avoid the expense and complexity of buying and managing the disparate software licenses and the underlying application infrastructure and simply manage the applications and services they develop.

For example, PaaS services on Azure include:

  • Web servers
  • File storage
  • Message queues and service buses
  • Machine learning services
  • Big data services
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Topics: Azure, Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS)

What is Automation?

Posted by Brandon Stephenson on Jan 13, 2017 9:00:00 AM

What is automation?

Automation is a broad set of practices, and never is that truer than when an organization sets out to automate a function, process, or solution. There are several questions that get asked when an initiative to automate begins, such as:

  • Where do you start?
  • How far do you go?
  • How do you know when you are done (at least for the moment)?

In this blog series, we are going to help you answer these questions and give you tools to help educate your organization and promote automation throughout your enterprise.


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Topics: Azure, Automation, Business Process

7 Questions Regarding Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery (BCDR) You Should Answer

Posted by Joe Kipp on Jul 7, 2016 12:51:41 PM

Are you ready?  Ready for what?

A disaster!

It doesn’t need to be a big disaster, it could be a small fire in your server room, a direct lightning hit to your data center, or another utility company digging up your fiber connection.

It could be a big disaster such as a flood, tornado, earthquake, or something man-made, such a chemical leak or terrorist attack. For some companies, it would not impact them in a big way because they could cease production for a couple of days or even weeks and pick up right where they left off that is if there was anything left.


These tend to be smaller businesses where their IT and management teams physically locate in the same area where operations reside and have a customer base that is somewhat tolerant of a disruption of supply.

Is that your company? 

 

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Topics: Azure, Disaster Recovery, Business Continuity

Azure Security Center, can your data be more secure in the cloud?

Posted by Mark Gordon on May 25, 2016 5:23:55 PM

Can your data be more secure in the cloud?

Let’s look at how Microsoft Azure is helping you to ensure your data and services are protected against current and future cyber threats in the cloud.

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Topics: Microsoft, Azure, Security

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