Entries by Mark G Briggs

Microsoft Azure – Single Instance SLA

Microsoft announced on Monday a significant improvement to their Service Level Agreements in respect of a single instance Virtual Machine in Azure – now offering 99.9% availability! Many organisations with legacy line of business applications are nervous about moving those workloads to the Cloud owing to the SLA provided by the cloud vendor. Often those […]

News from Microsoft Ignite 2016

This week a few of us at CoreAzure have been stateside in Atlanta, Georgia for the Microsoft Ignite conference. Microsoft Ignite brings together thousands of IT Decision Makers, IT Professionals, and Enterprise Developers from all over the world to attend sessions run by Microsoft technical and business leaders in order to get a greater in-depth […]

What is Microsoft Office 365?

In spite of Microsoft’s considerable marketing efforts surrounding Office 365, we still get a lot of people asking us to explain in detail exactly what Office 365 is all about. As much as we love waxing lyrical about one of our most favourite Microsoft services, I thought it might be useful to put together a […]

Azure DocumentDB is finally here

At last Microsoft have taken the wraps off their fully managed, JSON document database service. As of today (21st August) Microsoft has placed Azure DocumentDB into public preview, and made it available to the following regions: – US West Europe North Europe West There is an increasing demand for NoSQL databases but invariably developers are […]

OneDrive for Business

It seems that one of the hot topics of the moment is OneDrive for Business. I’ve been asked a lot lately to explain what OneDrive for Business is, and how it fits into the overall Office 365 offering with SharePoint Online (in particular Team Sites and Personal Sites), and how OneDrive for Business differs from […]

How to Stop an Azure VM

Recently I’ve had a few people ask me why they’ve continued to be charged for a VM in Azure, even though the VM wasn’t actually running. Well – it’s all to do with the difference between “Stopped” and “Stopped (Deallocated)”. Since June 2013 Microsoft have not made charges to a subscription for a VM that […]

Snapshot VMs in Azure

Unlike traditional (on-premise) virtualisation infrastructures where it is a relatively simple process to ‘snapshot’ a virtual machine at any one point in time (thereby allowing you to restore that virtual machine back to that specific point in time), Microsoft Azure does not natively offer this functionality. Probably the easiest way of backing up an Azure […]