Tuesday 31 May 2022

A healthy edge: Medical technology leader Smith+Nephew uses Microsoft 365 to innovate

With the lived experience of hybrid work now officially in play, employees have a new “worth it” equation. Leaders must ask themselves: What is the role of the office? How do teams build social capital in a digital-first world? Global medical technology company Smith+Nephew trusts Microsoft 365 and Microsoft Teams to ensure business continuity to reshape its work processes and include a mix of on-site and remote collaboration. Like Microsoft, Smith+Nephew’s innovation is a fundamental part of their business, so it makes sense that they would bring in a solution to meet their employees’ needs. Lawrence Zorio, Vice President of IT Information Security of Smith+Nephew said this of the reasoning behind their cloud provider selection: “The automation and orchestration inherent in Microsoft 365 combined with the security of the tools was a differentiator for us.”


Wednesday 25 May 2022

Closing the Loop: Securing PostgreSQL for Extreme Workloads

PostgreSQL—a free, open-source object-relational database system—has earned a powerful reputation for its proven architecture, reliability, data integrity, and the dedication of the open-source community. But it’s not without its challenges. Review issues and solutions related to extreme availability, protections against catastrophic errors resulting from heavy workloads, and embedded encryption for stricter security.


Microsoft and VMware Team Up to Offer the Next Evolution of the Azure VMware Solution

The next evolution of Azure VMware Solution (AVS), built by Microsoft and endorsed by VMware, makes it easier than ever to move to the cloud with existing VMware technologies. Products are integrated with the Azure Portal, ensuring that customers can maintain their native VMware experience with the tools they know in Azure. Learn more about why CIOs and enterprise IT departments like the idea of enabling customers that want to be all native on one cloud while using their VMware compute platform.


Tuesday 24 May 2022

Modernize your VMware workloads with native Azure management, security, and services

Azure VMware Solution (AVS) is a Microsoft service, verified by VMware, which runs on Azure infrastructure. With AVS, you can take advantage of Azure as the best cloud for your Microsoft Windows and SQL Server workloads. Eliminate the hassles of procuring, deploying, and managing hardware infrastructure by running your workloads on fully managed, single tenant, bare-metal Azure infrastructure. Join the ranks of customers who trust Azure for their Windows Server and SQL Server workloads. Sign up to learn how to seamlessly integrate your VMware environment with Azure. 


A wide-open source ecosystem for every workload

With best-in-class Linux and container infrastructure, you can choose your flavor of native Linux on Microsoft Azure with support from Linux partners. You also have your choice of open-source databases—including MySQL, PostgreSQL, and MariaDB. Use familiar tools for smooth onboarding and seamless migration. Sign up to keep in touch; we’re here to help you take your business to the next level.


Treating Remote Employees Fairly in a Hybrid Workplace

With the hybrid work model taking root in modern business, it’s easy to fall into the trap of “distance bias” since our brains are naturally wired to pay more attention to what’s right in front of us. Instead of favoring people in the room, leaders should become more self-aware and intentional in their evaluations of individuals’ skills regardless of where they sit. Learn why hybrid work can boost productivity, how remote workers may become alienated, and tactics for leveling the playing field across in-office and remote environments for the best all-around outcomes.


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.


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.


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.


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.  


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.