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"Utilise the 30-day free trial on OPEN licensing"
Previously, when adding Storage (Page Blob and Disk) to a VM, there was a limit of 1TB. That limit has now been increased to 4TB per VM. This solves the issue of customers needed to upscale/add VMs to apply more disks.
Microsoft have increased the performance (x6) of their VPN connection, coupled with better reliability. This helps with cross-premise and cross-region VPN performance.
This is quite a clever little tool which provides you with personalised information about service issues or upcoming planned maintenance. It alerts you via email or text when a resource can be impacted and how. It is only in preview at the moment, so not everything is optimal, but it’s definitely worth a play with all the same.
This is only available through an Enterprise Agreement (EA).
This is available on CSP, which allows you to manage storage tasks between on-prem and cloud storage. This can get a bit complex,
so go here for more information.
For information around any of the above updates, get in touch with the Cloud Team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Azure StorSimple 8000 series has been released
Azure Service Health - in Public Preview
Azure Virtual Machine Disk Sizes have increased
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Azure StorSimple Virtual Array has also been released
Don’t get bogged down with Microsoft’s terminology – Azure is simple to understand, but can be difficult to master. With Azure being available in CSP and OPEN licensing, you now have the choice of recurring monthly revenue on CSP or using the traditional credit system on OPEN, based on your customers’ requirements.
“The first thing I would advise, for yourselves and your customers, is utilise the 30-day free trial on OPEN licensing. Alternatively, on CSP a new Azure portal can be spun up within seconds, making it easier to get started with Azure. This will allow your customers to tip-toe into the cloud without risk, letting them familiarise themselves with the web-based portal.
“With the UK Datacentres now being available in London (UK South) and Wales (UK West), you can be assured that all of your data is secure and compliant with UK law. As Microsoft is the only supplier of truly hybrid cloud technology, this area is growing month by month with Azure. Get in touch with me if you want to talk about this, or any other aspect of Azure. I’ll be happy to help.”
Microsoft Azure is available from Westcoast on OPEN Licensing and CSP. Give the Cloud Team an email, or
call to discuss your options.