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B-series are economical virtual machines that provide a low-cost option for workloads which typically run at a low to moderate baseline CPU performance, but sometimes need to burst to significantly higher CPU performance when the demand rises. These workloads don't require the use of the full CPU all the time, but occasionally will need to burst to finish some tasks more quickly. Many applications such as development and test servers, low-traffic web servers, small databases, micro services, servers for proof-of-concepts, build servers and code repositories fit into this model.
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Active Directory Domain Services in CSP
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.”
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Azure AD Domain Services provides Windows Server AD compatible services in Azure such as LDAP, Kerberos/NTLM authentication, domain join, group policy, and DNS. Over the decades, many applications have been built to work against AD using these capabilities. Azure AD Domain Services now supports Azure CSP subscriptions. You can now deploy your application in an Azure CSP subscription tied to your customer's Azure AD directory. As a result, your employees (support staff) can manage, administer, and service the virtual machines on which your application is deployed using your organisation's corporate credentials.
"Utilise the 30-day free trial on OPEN licensing"
Juniper Firewalls in Azure
Dv3 and Ev3 VMs are some of the first VMs to enable nested virtualization and Hyper-V containers. These new sizes introduce Hyper-Threading Technology running on the Intel Broadwell E5-2673 v4 2.3GHz processor, and the Intel Haswell 2.4 GHz E5-2673 v3. The shift from physical cores to vCPUs is a key architectural change that will enable the full potential of the latest processors to support even larger virtual machine sizes.
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