Right-size your Azure for best financial returns

Azure consumption management

What do Azure and cell phone bills have in common? As it turns out, a lot.

As unfortunate as it is, it’s pretty common to go over your mobile phone voice and data limits. What do most of us do? We pay the bill – regardless of the overcharges. Some of us change to a more appropriate plan or start monitoring data consumption to avoid hefty surcharges.

These are common sense strategies for battling out-of-control phone bills — right-sizing your plan and gaining insight and control.

These are also exactly the strategies needed for proper Azure financial management.

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Use Azure Active Directory to reduce SaaS and cloud management pains

Use Azure Active Directory to reduce SaaS and cloud management pains

Azure Active Directory eases identity management pains

It’s no secret businesses of all sizes are relying more than ever on Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and cloud-hosted applications. But this new trend is causing huge headaches for IT administrators, in particular when it comes to managing user identities, allowing access to apps, and synchronizing with on-premise directories.

In our latest Azure webinar, we take a closer look at this growing pain for IT and focus on one of the most effective solutions to help reduce the headaches, called Azure Active Directory.

Watch the recorded webinar from our Softchoice experts or continue reading…

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Say hello to Azure’s arsenal of backup and disaster recovery solutions

Say hello to Azure’s arsenal of backup and disaster recovery solutions

Originally published in November 2015. Updated: May 18, 2016. New on-demand Webinar

We used to just worry about the unlikely natural disaster and the odd communications breakdown when planning for backup and recovery. But these days, an entirely new breed of threats have emerged that promise to knock out your business applications and data the first chance they get. From cyber crime, to cyberterrorism and mobile and cloud computing complexities, handling these new threats with the same old tools simply isn’t possible.

But there is hope. New platforms and best practices are emerging that allow businesses to better prepare for backup and recovery.

This was the topic that drove a recent Softchoice webinar, centered on how your business can more effectively, simply and securely provide a robust DR and BC strategy leveraging a suite of Azure based technologies from Microsoft.

Watch the latest on-demand webinar:

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Microsoft Azure Security, Compliance Fears Are Slowing Adoption – Should They Be?

Microsoft Azure Security, Compliance Fears Are Slowing Adoption - Should They Be?

It might seem contradictory.

One one hand, a majority of businesses are now considering leveraging the public cloud to get their business done, and get it done at levels of efficiency never before possible. But at the same time, the concept of the cloud still instills fear and concerns across all levels of the business.

With so much on the line, and the cloud being seen as the key to competitiveness in the years to come, can businesses afford to be ambivalent about its value? And when it comes to Microsoft Azure, their own cloud platform, many organizations are treading lightly, unsure how to proceed. Is it something to fear, or to embrace?

Read on, as we put these fears to rest.

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3 Case Studies: Enterprises Bank On Azure For Infrastructure In The Cloud

3 Quick Case Studies: Enterprises Bank On Azure For Infrastructure In The Cloud

It’s no secret – organizations have a hard time putting their most critical workloads and data into the public cloud. Fears abound. Delays and hesitations result.

That doesn’t mean it’s not being done. In fact, we come across organizations every day leading the charge into the enterprise public cloud, whether it be Hybrid or all in. Read on as we highlight three companies – organizations we feel are visionaries, unlocking the cutting edge competitiveness of services like Microsoft Azure, long before it becomes the norm.

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The 5 Key Considerations Before Adopting Microsoft Azure

The 5 Key Considerations Before Adopting Microsoft Azure

The news comes as no surprise to anyone in IT: Microsoft Azure is poised to take the lead in the enterprise public cloud battle.

This comes just as Microsoft beefed up online services, with new Hybrid capabilities, better Big Data tools and enhanced security and compliance standards. If Azure doesn’t make 2015 it’s year to take over the enterprise cloud, I don’t know who will.

Just because something has momentum, doesn’t necessarily mean its time to jump on the bandwagon. The cloud is a major undertaking. Perhaps one top of your list for the year – but not something you should rush into. Don’t consider adopting Microsoft Azure without taking these five key considerations into mind.

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