In September 2018, Microsoft announced that Azure Archive Storage will become generally available in 8 additional Azure regions.
Azure Archive Storage is an archive tier of Microsoft Azure Blob Storage in addition to hot and cool tiers. It is designed to help organizations reduce their storage costs by storing rarely accessed data in a lowest-priced tier. Microsoft offers an industry leading price point for archiving data (0.2 cents per GB/month). Continue reading
Office 365 provides a corporate-grade business environment for small companies and increased infrastructure flexibility for businesses with on-premises servers. We are going to cover Office 365 infrastructure basics, discuss whether built-in data protection tools cover all your backup needs, and how to back up Office 365 in more convenient ways. Continue reading
If you have already implemented regular backups for Microsoft SQL Sserver, and further improved RPO with transaction logs backups, it is time to configure a disaster recovery solution. If you do not have a dedicated remote datacenter, consider using Microsoft Azure Cloud, which is deeply integrated with Microsoft Server platform.
You will learn how to configure database backup to the cloud and how to implement a disaster recovery solution, using Azure VM instance. Continue reading
One of the most critical aspects of a sensible backup strategy is the selection of backup storage. From Google Drive to a private Minio server, the range of options is truly infinite. Some of those storage services, however, come with limitations that force you to examine professional-grade choices. Continue reading
All of the major public clouds offer identity and access management (IAM) tools. The exact nature of the various cloud IAM tools vary, however. So do their names.
As a result, if you are familiar with the IAM solutions available from one public cloud, such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), it can be challenging to understand how IAM tools work on another platform, like Google Cloud or Microsoft Azure.
This article clarifies that issue by comparing the identity and access management tools and frameworks associated with each of the three major public clouds -- AWS, Azure, and Google. It identifies the key IAM-related terms and tools to know for each cloud and explains the approach that each cloud takes to managing user accounts, groups, access control and (where applicable) Active Directory integration. Continue reading
Geographical redundancy, or geo redundancy for short, is a valuable data storage strategy that can help to improve data reliability and availability. When you replicate data across multiple regions, your data is more resistant to disruptions that could cause damage to a particular data center or set of servers.
Want to take advantage of geo redundant storage but are unsure where to start? This article is for you. Below, we compare AWS replication across regions, Azure storage geo replication and the data replication features available on Google Cloud Storage.
The article’s goal is to help you understand which geo redundancy options are available from each of these three major cloud storage providers. Continue reading
You can never know when a disaster will occur to your cloud infrastructure. You can, however, prepare a cloud disaster recovery plan that enables you to restore operations quickly whenever disaster does strike your cloud. This article explains how. Continue reading
Where can you find cloud certifications? If you choose to get a cloud certification, should you obtain one from a certain cloud vendor -- such as AWS, Azure or Google -- or should you pursue a general-purpose cloud certification? Which categories of cloud computing certifications are available currently?
Those are all important questions for IT professionals to ask themselves in the present age of cloud-native everything. Keep reading for an overview of the main cloud computing certifications available today. Continue reading
Dropbox is the best-known cloud storage provider and the first name that comes to most people's minds when searching for a cloud-based storage solution for business. Yet there are disadvantages to using Dropbox for Business, such as Dropbox's storage limits and its cost.
Fortunately, the cloud storage market is crowded, and there are many Dropbox alternatives for business. This article discusses several other tools for cloud-based file storage and collaboration. Continue reading
Microsoft OneDrive for Business is an online storage solution, with licenses starting at $5 per month. It makes sharing and collaborating on business files easy, with access available from all devices, powerful search tools, and advanced security features for maximum data protection.