Tag: Azure cloud

Why cloud identity is as important as cloud security

When it comes to the cloud and data protection, identity and security is the crux of how you safeguard your hybrid or cloud-first environment.

SCOM of the Earth Part 2: Replacing Operations Manager with Azure Monitor

In this blog, we continue where we left off  in part one, spending a bit more time expanding on the capabilities of Azure Monitor. Specifically, how powerful Log Analytics & KQL can be, saving us...

SCOM of the Earth: Replacing Operations Manager with Azure Monitor

When first interviewed at Xello, I was asked what I thought of System Center Operations Manager. Working primarily with Configuration Manager, I had just started managing my day-to-day with...

One Cloud Doesn't Fit All: Why a Multicloud Strategy is essential

With the multi-cloud era well and truly upon us in 2019, business transformation needs to evolve past the pervading idea of ‘one cloud fits all’ - and fast.

Azure Bastion: Remote VM access in your Web browser

One of the many benefits of partnering with Microsoft is that occasionally Xello gets to see, explore and put to the test upcoming products and services ahead of time.

3 reasons to purchase Azure Cloud through a CSP partner

The Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) program is a great pathway for many companies making the move towards Azure Cloud, and who want to optimise their ongoing use of its services for better...

3 key steps for your cloud-to-cloud migration

What exactly makes a cloud-to-cloud migration different from a regular cloud migration?

5 Ways To Have Greater Control Over Your Azure Migration

Moving your entire business – apps, data, infrastructure, workloads – to Azure, whether a cloud-only or hybrid model, is both a long-term investment and complex undertaking that needs a steady...

3 key considerations for building your Azure business case

When it comes to moving to Microsoft Azure, it’s safe to say the public cloud’s many proven benefits - huge cost-savings, infrastructure modernisation and competitive advantage - are undisputed in...

How to leverage Infrastructure as Code with AWS and Terraform

As more organisations continue their evolving cloud journey in 2019, many will begin to learn the concept and benefits of "infrastructure as code", or IaC for short.

Understanding cloud governance: 3 ways to reduce spend and risk

In an era of increasing cloud-based business, one recurring pain-point for infrastructure and operations (I&O) leaders to overcome is a lack of clarity around their role in enterprise cloud...

Azure Sentinel Preview Impressions – A cloud-native SIEM with teeth

After setting up Windows Virtual Desktop last week, I thought I would continue the preview theme of my blog. Prior to RSA San Francisco, Microsoft announced Azure Sentinel: A cloud first Security...

Windows Virtual Desktop: Public Preview Deployment Experience & Thoughts

As a long-suffering Citrix and RDS administrator, I’ve eagerly awaited the release of Microsoft’s virtual desktop offering that was announced at last year’s Microsoft Ignite – to put it to the...

How to use Azure Machine Learning for better predictive insights

Smart speakers, wearables, voice assistants - intelligent applications and smart devices that make our life easier and our work more efficient are increasingly becoming everyday essentials.

Moving from SCOM to Azure Monitor: What's the difference?

Amidst the rapid rise in digital transformation and uptake of the cloud persists two leading solutions for end-to-end infrastructure monitoring: Azure Monitor and System Center Operations Manager...

Cloud security protects your data - if you pull your weight

In 2019, human error remains one of cloud security’s weakest links.

Azure MasterPlan: Top 3 reasons a cloud blueprint strategy is essential

We’ve seen many Australian customers lift and shift infrastructure without the cloud architecture and governance framework they need to accurately align Azure's capabilities with their business...

Disaster Recovery: Why DR is important and how to build it

Many people confuse the terms Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity and whilst it’s true in both cases you’re recovering from a disaster, they’re not the same.

Microsoft Customer Agreement: Everything you need to know

Microsoft is set to offer organisations seeking digital transformation with the cloud a new way to purchase Azure services, beginning as early as March 2019 - and will fundamentally shake-up the...

7 digital transformation trends you need to prepare for in 2019

Digital transformation is set to gain significant momentum worldwide in 2019. Here are the latest trends.

Why Azure Site Recovery is best for business continuity

In 2019, the top obstacles for businesses searching for the right backup solution is speed and performance, while larger enterprises are struggling with balancing cost and complexity.

4 reasons to use Azure Databricks for big data workloads

In a world of rapid digital transformation, big data is naturally more prevalent in our line-of-business computer systems than ever before. 

5 considerations for a successful cloud transformation

CIOs are often tasked with providing a platform and roadmap for technology which enables the business to grow, scale and pivot according to the market demands – all while operating with IT budgets...

How Microsoft PowerApps helps build better business solutions

In the era of digital transformation, businesses need application development capabilities that open up the build process to everyone - not just developers.

6 ways to optimise cloud spend and control costs

For many businesses that have migrated to the cloud, managing costs, reducing wastage and optimising spend is a real issue.

Mitchell Shire Council kickstarts cloud journey with Azure MasterPlan

Azure MasterPlan has helped us understand how the cloud can free up time for IT operations and support to work on innovating business processes, instead of worrying about day-to-day operational...

How to deploy Azure Stack Development Kit (ASDK) – Part 1

Welcome to our series on deploying, configuring and utilising Microsoft's Azure Stack Development Kit. 

Cloning a Domain Controller to another account in AWS

Cloning Domain Controllers (DCs) within single VPCs is often a trivial matter. Proper planning, a few PowerShell cmdlets, and you’re there.

The go-to Azure migration options for SQL Server end of life

If your business currently relies on SQL Server 2008, SQL Server 2008 R2 or any other version approaching end of life, you’ll be happy to know there’s no better time to upgrade your data platform...

Prepare for SQL Server 2008 end of life by leveraging the cloud

End of life (EOL) is fast approaching for SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 R2, with extended support officially ending on 9 July 2019. After a decade of faithful service, Microsoft's regular...

Windows Virtual Desktop: What's new and what's next

Windows Virtual Desktop is Microsoft 365's new virtualised modern desktop platform set to make it easier for organisations to leverage the full benefits of Azure, Office & Windows in a single...

The big business benefits of Azure SQL Database Hyperscale

Is your business looking for the best cloud platform that can scale compute and storage independently and handle very large databases (VLDBs)?

4 technology trends redefining the accounting industry

The rise of cloud-based applications and data analytics services is dramatically transforming the accounting industry's processes.

How Gadens used Azure IaaS to optimise infrastructure costs

Gadens has a national environment which comprises several business-critical applications that service all of the law firm’s offices across Australia. Gadens previously outsourced its cloud...

7 reasons why Azure Logic Apps should be your integration platform

Before the cloud, the traditional way of integrating our systems and applications together with partners systems or Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions like Dynamics 365 or Office 365 happened...

What is Azure SQL Database Reserved Capacity?

Azure SQL Database Reserved Capacity is a new pricing option for organisations running workloads in Microsoft Cloud or are interested in migrating, and the latest addition to Azure’s long line of...

Cloud Data Warehouse: The benefits of on-demand warehousing

Big data is transformative and having the capability to consolidate, store and refine your data into valuable insights is fundamental in driving organisational agility and competitive advantage.

Top 3 reasons why your business needs a cloud strategy

Despite Australian investment in public cloud services projected to reach $4.6 billion by the end of this year, CIOs and IT managers still struggle to sell the benefits of cloud computing to their...

Azure Data Lake: 5 benefits for big data storage and analytics

Looking for a better way to store, prepare and analyse your high-volume big data for future discovery and insights?

Extended Security Updates: How to get free support for SQL Server 2008

From 32-bit computing to the digital transformation era, the past 10 years has seen big progress in cloud and hybrid server technology.

What is Azure SQL Database Managed Instance?

Even with the prominence of cloud computing, it’s not hard to remember a time when enterprise IT applications and processes only ran on inflexible on-premises systems.

Microsoft Inspire 2018: 4 biggest Azure announcements

Microsoft Inspire 2018 was all about ushering in the "intelligent cloud and intelligent edge" era, and with it, several huge developments across cloud, data and Internet of Things (IoT).

10 technology trends transforming the legal industry

Digital transformation and disruptive technology continue to re-shape the legal industry in fascinating ways this year.

Azure Logic Apps: 5 ways it improves workflow automation

Looking for a better way to automate your business workflows across cloud and on-premises environments?

Azure Data Factory: How to centralise and transform your big data

Big data is more available to us than ever before, but moving and transforming our raw data into something meaningful is still proving to be a complex task for many organisations.

How to use Azure Backup for SQL Server workloads

Azure Backup is one of the most robust data protection and restoration services available for businesses using the Microsoft Cloud. However, its users have been unable to backup on-premises SQL...

Azure SQL Database: How PaaS can consolidate your SQL licensing costs

Are you paying too much for your on-premises SQL Server licenses?

Azure Database Migration Service: How to simplify your move to the cloud

Cloud migration and data consolidation are still scary, foreign concepts for many businesses outside of the IT industry. 

Windows Containers: Understanding Docker Build Files, Networks, and Repositories

In Part 1 we looked at the basics of Docker, concepts and deploying your first container using an image from the Docker repository.

Amping up your disaster recovery with the cloud

In the previous post about DRaaS, we discussed the objectives of protecting your workload, emphasising the use of Cloud Backup.

How to deploy your first Windows Container

The purpose of this series is to provide a hands-on explanation and walkthrough of Windows Containers and explain why they’re such a great tool.