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Microsoft has dropped the prices on Dv2 Promo Virtual Machines by between 4% and 7% depending on what region and operating system you choose. According to Brian Hillger, senor director for C + E Business Planning, the idea is to give customers the cost savings of their upcoming hyper-threaded Dv3 VMs prior to launch.

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Backing up data to tape remains a viable path for many businesses. And even though it seems to be old school, it's still being developed even though disk-based backup has been gaining in popularity. IBM recently upped their tape capacities to 15TB. However, with more and more systems being managed remotely through private, public and hybrid cloud services, it's getting harder to justify tape as traditional deployments struggle to capture a complete snapshot of all your business data. That's why tape as a Service is appearing.

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During the opening keynote for Cloud Day at VeeamON, Veeam announced the availability of the release candidate version of their new backup solution Veeam PN (Veeam Powered Network). Veeam PN for Microsoft Azure is designed to simplify and automate the setup of a disaster recovery site in Azure using software-defined networking (SDN). And, given what I saw during a demonstration given by Aussie technical evangelist Anthony Spiteri, it looks like a very powerful tool that is offered at the bargain price of free.

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During the opening keynote on Partner Day at this year's VeeamON event, Danny Allan announced the release of Veeam Backup for Office 365 v 1.5. Allan, who is Veeam's VP Cloud and Alliances Strategy, says the updated product supports multi-repository and multi-tenant architecture. This enables protection of larger Office 365 deployments with a single installation.

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By boosting network capacity between the Australia-new Zealand region and Los Angeles, Megaport says they will allow customers to expand their businesses beyond our shores. The Megaport network includes connectivity to Oracle's Bare Metal infrastructure, Microsoft Azure and AWS so businesses with systems on local instances can improve connectivity for their overseas clients.

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The economics of cloud versus on-prem continue to tip further and further towards to the cloud. Amazon has announced a price cut to EC2 Reserved Instances (RI) with upfront fees three-year term for C4, M4, R4, I3, P2, X1, and T2 Standard RIs dropped and price reductions on non-RIs as well.

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One of the biggest hassles with having multiple computing devices is being able to access your data in the office, at home and when travelling. Back in the 1990s, when I started working in IT, Microsoft had a crack at this with the Briefcase feature that was part of Windows 95 but it was pretty poor.

By the mid to late 2000s, cloud storage services came to the fore, making it easy to access up to date versions of our workfiles wherever and whenever we wanted. But how do we use these services and get the most out of them?

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Tracking what's going on in an AWS account is relatively straightforward but things get more complex when you're trying to work across multiple accounts. That can happen when different parts of the business sign up to separate accounts. Jigar Mistry has put together a guide on securely analysing data from one AWS account from another account using EMRFS (Elastic MapReduce File System).

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Desktop as a Service poses an existential threat to traditional VDI providers so it's not surprising Citrix is getting on board with leveraging cloud services as the delivery vehicle for their software. XenDesktop Essentials is a subscription service that allows companies to deliver and manage Windows 10 Enterprise without the need to deploy a bunch of on-prem infrastructure.

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Amazon’s AppStream lets you run apps that are hosted on AWS through to devices running a HTML 5 friendly browser. This makes application deployment easier and allows you to deliver apps made for one platform, such as a traditional PC, to different platforms such as tablets. And while not every app is designed to be touch-screen friendly, it’s a lot easier than buying new software or redeveloping programs for the BYOD mobile world

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Microsoft has quietly released a new tool for making the transition from a Mac to Windows easier. There's no formal announcement about the tool but it looks to make the switch (back for many?) from a Mac to Windows smoother.

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Whether you're archiving old photos or securing some personal files, cloud storage is a handy way to preserve your precious data, and when it comes to cloud storage solutions, few give you as much bang for your buck as Zoolz. Offering a massive 2TB of storage space to the table, Zoolz Dual Cloud Storage nets you some serious space without breaking the bank.