With Microsoft Ignite 2018 and a move to our new office on Bourke Street, the team at Xello have been hard at work.
Several new Azure Cloud services went into general availability this past month, and we're proud to have hosted our first wave of technical workshops and meet-up events for PowerApps, Flow and Microsoft Teams.
Here's a wrap-up of all major news, events and thought leadership for the month of October - for your convenience.
Xello worked with Mitchell Shire Council (MSC) to help them modernise their on-premises infrastructure environment and migrate disaster recovery (DR) services from local data centre providers to Azure Cloud, by mapping out the council’s strategic long-term cloud journey in the form of an Azure Blueprint solution.
Xello was proud to sponsor the first ever Microsoft PowerApps and Flow Melbourne User Group at Xello HQ this month, with Office 365 expert Brett Randall presenting how to use Flow to dig into Steam APIs. The meetup is event held at Xello's Melbourne office every 4th Thursday of the month to share best practices, exclusive training opportunities, and provide a valuable forum for PowerApps and Flow users to connect. Join the next session here.
Microsoft Ignite 2018 featured a number of major announcements for Azure SQL Database, one of which is the official preview release of Azure SQL Database Hyperscale. This is the newest service tier in Microsoft's vCore-based purchasing model with the largest amount of storage available (auto-scales up to 100TB) and the fastest performance possible on Azure Cloud at the moment - perfect for very large databases (VLDB). Learn more here.
Azure SQL Managed Instance officially launched into General Availability (GA) of the General Purpose service tier on October 1, 2018 after an extensive preview period. This is the best migration pathway for businesses looking for the best of SQL Server combined with the fully managed services benefits of Azure Cloud. It also doesn't require any change of code or re-engineering of applications, making it the ideal lift-and-shift option. Read more here.
End of life (EOL) is fast approaching for SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 R2 - 9 July 2019, to be exact. If you need expert assistance to ensure your business is prepared for EOL, we cover how and why a SQL Server migration to Azure Cloud is essential to properly prepare for a modern data platform, using a Data Estate Modernisation plan.
Many businesses with a Microsoft Office 365 subscription unknowingly own usable licenses for Office 365 ProPlus and remain confused about its differences to the standalone, perpetual-based licensing model of Office 2019. There are plenty of reasons why ProPlus is the best option for modern workplace productivity. Learn their differences.
The long-requested support for Hybrid Azure AD join is now available for Windows AutoPilot deployments as of Windows 10 Update 1809. This enables organisations to join their Windows 10 devices to either AD (existing on-premises ID management) or AAD (cloud-based identity management), continue to use local AD tools like Group Policy (GP) and System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) to manage AutoPilot-enrolled devices and leverage the rest of AutoPilot's modern device deployment benefits. Learn more here.
First announced at Microsoft Ignite 2018, Windows Virtual Desktop is Microsoft's new virtualised/remote Windows service with a mission to deliver a full virtualised multi-user Windows and Office experience to any device in minutes using Azure. It replaces Microsoft's RemoteApp service announced and cancelled last year. Read more here.