At Ignite 2019, Microsoft announced a new service; Azure Arc. It allows you to extend the capabilities of Azure to your on-prem environment, multi-cloud and edge. At launch, it's only Azure Arc for Servers, but there will also be an option for data services at a later date. Everything is in public preview for now, … Continue reading What is Azure Arc?
In my opinion, one of the most interesting services to be launched this year by Microsoft was Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD). If you aren't sure what WVD is exactly, I wrote some initial thoughts on the service here and here earlier this year. Right at the end of September, the service went GA so here … Continue reading How to – Deploy Windows Virtual Desktop
This month, Microsoft announced the introduction of a new method of running your Windows and Linux VMs within Azure. Dedicated Host is a new service that provides you with a single-tenant-host to run your workloads on. Or to phrase that more simply, your very own physical server in an Azure datacentre. Azure Dedicated Host Groups … Continue reading What is Azure Dedicated Host?
A regular starting point for most people when first using Azure, or any public cloud, is a virtual machine. Depending on your environment, VMs can be one of the most expensive resources. It's no surprise that this can be a strong negative when considering a move to cloud. Before anything is deployed, it's important that … Continue reading How to – Reduce your Azure IaaS Costs
Back in 2017, Microsoft announced the introduction of B-Series compute. Since then, the service offering hasn't changed a huge amount but it is one of the most consistently misunderstood VM SKUs available. Part of this is how they are displayed on the portal. Classed alongside the D series as "General purpose" but with a much … Continue reading What is Azure B-Series Compute?