Clearing Up Cloud Security

Cloud Security Azure Softchoice

You’re about to begin your journey to cloud adoption.

Or, you’ve already started but aren’t sure if there’s something you missed.

Most organizations moving to the cloud face the same problems. They don’t have a real plan. They have a skill gap in their organization. Or, they haven’t taken the time to define governance.

When it comes to cloud security, the same challenges apply. Planning for security is different in the cloud. 65% of enterprise businesses report a skills gap when it comes to cloud security. Governance questions arise about who will procure cloud technologies and who will have access rights to cloud resources.

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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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Securing Azure customers from CPU vulnerability

Securing Azure customers from CPU vulnerability

What is Microsoft doing in light of the CPU vulnerabilities?

While Microsoft or Softchoice have not received any information to indicate that these vulnerabilities have been used to attack Azure customers, many of our clients are wondering if there is anything they need to do.

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Microsoft Ignite 2017 General and Azure Keynotes Summary

Last month I attended the Microsoft Ignite 2017 conference in Orlando Florida.  Microsoft Ignite 2017 is one of the biggest tech conferences this year and there were more than 25,000 people in attendance at the Orlando Orange County convention center.

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How Azure helps solve the big 3 challenges of business continuity

It seems like every month there’s a new story highlighting the cost of service outages and data loss. When it happens, business reputations tank and IT loses stature in the company. These effects can be even worse than direct costs from lost customers and sales.

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Azure and Reserved Instances – strategy to reduce and limit unexpected cloud costs

Azure and Reserved Instances - strategy to reduce and limit unexpected cloud costs

Cost Control of the Cloud: On-Demand or Reserved Instances

Cloud IaaS is increasingly a core component of IT operations strategy in the deployment of new technologies to support business goals. One of the most asked questions before starting any cloud deployment is cost control. Being able to extract the maximum value out of your cloud infrastructure, especially those resources/servers that will be online for long expected periods of time would be a great benefit to many companies. The most common way to purchase IaaS instances in public cloud is in an on-demand model. You pay for what you want when you use it at a predefined price for the increments of time that you use it. Additionally, there are two other means of purchasing an IaaS instance in either Microsoft Azure or Amazon AWS/EC2 today which are spot pricing and reserved instances.

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