Thursday, 19 May 2022

A fierce battle is raging in the database industry

Databases that are relational (SQL) aren’t showing the same adoption trends as their non-relational counterpart (NoSQL) and may become less relevant over time. However, opposed to other relational databases, open-source PostgreSQL is built on an object-relational architecture and delivers a range of benefits including the ability to run pretty much anywhere. A commitment to PostgreSQL means developers are relentlessly creating the most innovative open-source technology since Linux. Examine how PostgreSQL overcomes questions of scalability and other challenges.

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VMware: Networking Portfolio Review

VMware is a pioneer in virtual machines (VMs) with products that tie together applications, servers, and containers spread out over the cloud. The VMware networking portfolio includes the NSX Cloud product, which networks hybrid and public cloud resources with a cloud-native tool—supported by Microsoft Azure. Another product—the NSX Advance Load Balancer—provides an application to centralize visibility into loads across cloud resources. Specifically, it provides analytics across on-premises data centers and public clouds—also including Azure. Learn more about why executives trust VMware and its partners to provide training, sales support, implementation assistance, and the network design support needed for their organization’s migration journey to the cloud.

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Tuesday, 17 May 2022

5 Reasons to Migrate using Azure VMware Solution Part II

Azure VMware Solution (AVS) is a partnership between Microsoft and VMware that supports scale, automation, and fast provisioning for your VMware workloads on global Azure infrastructure. Review an infographic that explains why AVS is Azure. Learn about the solution’s cost-effective strategies for migration, and how with platform symmetry, you have the control to transform at your pace. Research included provides convincing data points about cost-savings with AVS.

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What does Azure do to make sure all my Linux workloads are securely managed

Security is top of mind for all cloud computing, and Linux is no exception. Secured Linux VM images are available, including CIS-hardened images. Linux distributions publishers are required to update images in Microsoft Azure Marketplace at least once per quarter. Looking for a database solution? SQL Virtual Machines run great on Linux, featuring optimized price and performance. Review the infographic to see how much.  

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Thursday, 12 May 2022

Engage employees, improve productivity, and build team cohesion

After so much turmoil and change, employees all want different things. Companies need to support a successful back-to-hybrid-office life—a situation that is here to stay. The capabilities for positive hybrid meetings is possible with modern Microsoft tooling like Teams, Endpoint Manager, and devices like Surface Hub. Immersive and custom engagements that highlight leading guidance and innovation help remote and on-site deployment assistance prepare teams for hybrid work—meeting the needs of employees and increasing productivity and satisfaction no matter where they work. Sign up to stay connected—we’ll help you better connect and create new experiences throughout your organization with Hybrid Meetings.

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Linux and OSS Database Migration to Microsoft Azure Advanced Specialization Program guide and FAQ.

The Linux and Open Source Database Migration to Microsoft Azure advanced specialization is designed for partners to demonstrate their knowledge, experience, and success in planning and deploying migration of production workloads to the Azure cloud for their customers. This document defines the requirements to earn the Linux and Open Source Database Migration to Microsoft Azure advanced specialization. It also provides requirements, guidelines, and an audit checklist for the associated audit that is required to earn this advanced specialization. Sign up to say connected—we’ll help you validate your business’s ability to follow cloud adoption best practices and help ensure a smooth cloud transition for your customers.

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Meeting You Where You Are A pragmatic take on the journey to the cloud.pdf

Pressure to accelerate big decisions and investments around digital transformation is at an all time high. To ease the transition and make it work for organizations in every stage of cloud migration, Microsoft has partnered with VMware. Azure VMware Solution (AVS) helps benefit mutual customers to efficiently and cost-effectively move existing VMware apps to Azure. This E-book takes you through specific, realistic ways to accelerate your cloud journey. Subscribe to stay connected. We’ll help empower your organization to come out of this moment stronger and streamlined so you are setup for success now, and in the future.

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Wednesday, 11 May 2022

Investors Bank seamlessly transforms its data center using Azure VMware Solution

In 2019, Investors Bank launched a three-year technology transformation project. The bank needed a platform and infrastructure to support its customer experience team's digital-first, omnichannel strategy. After research and training, they partnered with Microsoft and implemented Azure VMware Solution (AVS), which allowed them to run VMware workloads natively on Azure—accelerating innovation. Previously, they didn’t have the ability to scale up or down to prove or disprove a technology, but AVS helped seamlessly migrate its data center to new virtual machines in private clouds without having to expend resources.

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Canonical creates Ubuntu offerings on the cloud using Azure Marketplace

Canonical is a tech provider that distributes Ubuntu Linux using Microsoft Azure Marketplace. With Ubuntu used as the base for Kubernetes, it now makes up 70 percent of the Linux footprint on all hyperscale clouds. Microsoft and Canonical wanted to give businesses migrating to Azure with Ubuntu a seamless positive experience—from a development environment that is the same as the production environment, to flexibility to scale from testing to production. Azure Marketplace was the ideal choice for bringing value to Ubuntu users. Services such as system management, compliance, enhanced security, and vendor support are built-in benefits.

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Tuesday, 10 May 2022

Nebraska Furniture Mart embraces Microsoft 365 to work smarter

The ability to work securely from anywhere already played a role in Nebraska Furniture Mart’s (NFM) digital transformation vision, but COVID-19 pushed that goal to the forefront. Decision makers at NFM chose Microsoft 365 to advance a cloud-first strategy and standardize on a single solution. Consolidating communication on a single solution like Microsoft Teams helped drive efficiency and collaboration—all while saving costs. NFM implemented Teams Rooms systems at its Omaha headquarters, and the company will soon roll out the solution across all its stores, as well as integrate Teams Phone capabilities in the future.

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Top 5 Reasons to Migrate with Azure VMware Solution Part I

Azure is the best cloud for your VMware workloads. Review an infographic that illustrates how the partnership between Microsoft and VMware enables a seamless move from your datacenter to Azure, including specifics about data consolidation, application modernization, fast provisioning, and more. And, as a bonus, see a handful of research points about how organizations are replacing legacy applications with new cloud-native applications. You’ll also find a link to more information about the Azure Hybrid Benefit—a plan to save you money by using your existing on-premises Windows Server and SQL Server licenses on the cloud.

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Tuesday, 3 May 2022

To Make Hybrid Work, Solicit Employees’ Input

Driven by the state of the world today, more companies are committing to hybrid work. But how do you build out the model in a way that’s right for your business and those who are conducting it? Simple: Talk to employees to tailor the program to their specific needs. Easier said than done? Learn what questions to ask and scenarios to consider, and then maintain flexibility so you can quickly pivot if necessary.

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What is Microsoft doing with Linux? Everything you need to know about its plans for open source

Over time, Microsoft support for Linux has grown more enthusiastic, with 60 percent of the images on Azure Marketplace now based on Linux. Microsoft SQL Server is also part of that ecosystem, as more and more container and private cloud technologies are built on Linux infrastructure. Microsoft Azure can provide best-in-class support for Linux and container infrastructure because of Microsoft’s increased understanding of running Linux—especially now, in a hyperscale cloud. Bonus: Azure customers get the same hybrid benefits for Linux support contracts as with Microsoft Windows Server.

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Microsoft Wants to Control VMware Infrastructure with Azure Arc

Working efficiently is all about keeping things simple and under control. That is why Microsoft is enabling VMware virtual machines (VMs) to be managed in the same way that Azure is managed in the cloud, by automating the deployment and management of its VMs. Learn why leaders are excited about how Microsoft is transforming Azure Arc into a universal control plane that can orchestrate servers, Kubernetes clusters, database services, application services, and even VM management platforms such as vCenter running in hybrid and multi-cloud environments.

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Monday, 2 May 2022

Hybrid Work: A Guide for Business Leaders

The pandemic has fundamentally transformed the way we work, do business, and meet customer (and employee) needs. With data showing that all parties want flexibility, the shift to hybrid work is a strategic business opportunity for every organization—one that requires a new operating model. The customers’ objective is to lead this change within their business and embrace innovation and the hybrid work opportunity—the inevitable way of the future. Fortunately, Microsoft has been a trailblazer in this transition, and has a guide to share what they’ve learned at scale about people, places, and processes. Subscribe to stay connected. We’ll help you take an active role in shaping your organization’s future.

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Thursday, 28 April 2022

Reimagine the flow of work in the new hybrid work reality

Flexibility is a must in the new post-pandemic work world. Hybrid work continues to evolve, and business leaders are looking for a new operating model. Technology is the binding factor to create inclusive meetings that keep employees engaged and inspired. Updates to Teams like PowerPoint Live, the Teams camera feed, Microsoft Whiteboard—and devices like Surface Hub—encourage digital collaboration. Endpoint Manager combines services like Microsoft Intune, Configuration Manager, Desktop Analytics, co-management, and Windows Autopilot to help secure access, protect data, and respond and manage risk. Sign up to say connected—we’ll help you better connect and create new experiences throughout your organization with Hybrid Meetings.

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Best-in-class Linux and container infrastructure

Microsoft Azure supports common Linux distributions, including Red Hat, SUSE, Ubuntu, CentOS, Debian, Oracle Linux, and Flatcar Linux. Create your own Linux virtual machines (VMs), deploy and run containers in Kubernetes, or choose from hundreds of pre-configured Linux images available in Azure Marketplace. Stay connected: Sign up today and receive information, tools, and support, so we can help you can take your organization to the next level.

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Get scale, automation, and fast provisioning for VMware workloads on global Azure infrastructure

Azure VMware Solution (AVS) is a Microsoft service, verified by VMware, which runs on Azure infrastructure. It is the way in which you can easily move your VMware workloads to Azure—increasing productivity and provisioning cycles. Enhance your workloads with the full range of Azure compute, monitor, backup, database, IoT, and AI services. Azure is the cloud of choice for Windows Server and SQL Server for a reason. On Azure, you can benefit from intelligent security, seamless hybrid capabilities, and unique cost-cutting options. Sign up to learn how to seamlessly integrate your VMware environment with Azure.

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Wednesday, 27 April 2022

Setting The Stage For Collaborative Hybrid Teams

Remote work is starting to feel mainstream, but many companies are still struggling to normalize their own personalized hybrid work models. Explore four things you should avoid in order to balance the needs of a diverse and divided workforce—from investing in the right tools and overcoming meeting fatigue to finding new ways for personal connections.

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Tuesday, 26 April 2022

The NFL huddles with Microsoft Teams to digitize collaboration for game day

Everyone knows that teamwork is vital in the National Football League (NFL)—on the field and off. The arrival of COVID-19, however, pushed the league to reimagine how to collaborate behind the scenes. Executing hundreds of live events while preserving the gameday experience for online fans and business partners was a new challenge. In exchange for the traditional high-touch, in-person communication culture at league offices, the organization adopted a virtual home field. Microsoft Teams helped the NFL stay connected and safely execute all 270 combined regular season and playoff games and Super Bowl LV—despite the collaboration challenges brought on by the pandemic.

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University of Miami Gains Flexibility and Disaster Recovery Resiliency with Azure VMware Solution

The University of Miami's IT team turned to Microsoft Azure about seven years ago for a cloud-based approach to disaster recovery—especially relevant since the university is home to one of the leading oceanographic institutions in the nation, including two U.S. Department of Commerce National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) research laboratories. By 2019, the university was well-positioned to continue operating email and other mission-critical systems in the event of a natural disaster or other disruption. The cost savings for VMware licensing alone (up to six figures) were significant, as was the elimination of the need for networking equipment, storage hardware, and professional services for deployment. They have been able to demonstrate their resiliency, invested over the years using Azure’s native platform and Azure VMware Solution (AVS), making them much more agile to support the university's evolving infrastructure needs.

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XM deploys Microsoft SQL Server on Red Hat Enterprise Linux to optimize its data management

Compañía de Expertos en Mercados SAESP (XM) in Columbia offers services related to renewable energy and the wholesale energy market that depend on real-time systems. To improve its internal processing and database management, XM deployed Microsoft SQL Server on Red Hat Enterprise Linux and open-source software. The result: a 300 percent increase in digital transaction response times and increased availability of online services. Both compute resources and sysadmin service hours also were greatly reduced.

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