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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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Not a day passes when someone I interview or a new piece of research appears bemoaning the IT skills shortage. New research, released today by SolarWinds, suggests the shift to hybrid IT infrastructure is exacerbating the gap as companies struggle to find people who can blend on-prem and cloud solutions.

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Over the last few days the tech community has been busy unpacking a new version of Windows, dubbed "Windows Cloud". Microsoft hasn't officially confirmed its existence, but the horse has well and truly bolted after a build of the OS appeared on Twitter.

Shortly after that, people began dissecting the nature of Windows Cloud. And the first thing that popped up was a disturbing message telling users that "the app you're trying to run isn't designed for this version of Windows". So, naturally, people got annoyed. Enter stage right, Tim Sweeney.

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Dropbox has announced some new features to help teams in businesses collaborate better, include a new viewer info feature and Smart Sync for business customers. The company is also bringing Dropbox Paper, a tool that is like a stripped down version of Google Docs, out of beta and making it available worldwide. Here's what you need to know.

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Some Dropbox users noted that some files they had deleted a long time ago on the cloud storage service had been resurrected. Dropbox has admitted that this was caused by a bug that prevented files from being completely removed from its servers. While trying to fix the bug, Dropbox accidentally restored the deleted files to user accounts.

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Back in March, Dropbox made the decision to remove Public Folders for free users and in October, made it impossible to use HTML content in shared links. Dropbox will continue this lockdown next year, when it shuts off Public Folders for paying users also.