eGroup + Zerto + Azure = IT Resilience

In last Friday’s post, I discussed the concept that “Things that have never happened before, happen every day” and the need for a posture of resilience to remain operationally ready for anything. Storage industry veteran Paul Zeiter, currently president at Zerto, said recently that “One of the big challenges facing companies today is the need to…

Availability = Survival

As IT veterans, I’m certain we all have stories like the one I shared previously – many of those without the happy ending. It reminds me of the prime concepts of a (fascinating) survival book I read several years ago by Laurence Gonzales called “Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why,” where the key themes of…

The Case for Preparedness

Are you prepared? Are you sure? In the early minutes of Saturday morning, April 2011, a water main broke underneath the street in Columbia, SC. A $30B lending provider, located just feet away from the break, with over 1,200 servers (95% of them virtualized) located in their basement Data Center, experienced a massive subterranean flood…

Protect Azure Resources from Accidental Changes and Deletion

A topic that comes up often in conversations about the Cloud is “How do I protect Virtual Machines and other Cloud resources from accidental deletion?”.  Microsoft Azure provides a simple and effective way for Administrators to do this through “Locks”. When combined with other administration best practices, like backups, Locks allows administrators to ensure resources…

Remove-AzureRmADApplication: Deletion of multi-tenant application is currently not supported

If you’re a developer that is constantly trying out new things, you may want to clean up old and unused Azure AD applications in your development tenant. In my case, I wanted to remove every single one, which is the very simple one-line command with PowerShell: Get-AzureRmADApplication | Remove-AzureRmADApplication. If you use applications that are configured for…

Moving Quickly to SharePoint Online Using Sharegate

SharePoint Online is Microsoft’s cloud version of the server-based web application. It is rapidly becoming one of our favorite cloud productivity tools to deploy for customers. If you’ve been through the many phases of SharePoint over the years, you’ll know that the platform has grown immensely. This growth can be good for customers who can fully…

Microsoft Incentive Program to Help Your Business Get Started with Cloud in 2017 – Microsoft Azure

Microsoft has created a great program to allow qualified businesses the opportunity to engage eGroup certified Cloud experts to come on-site and help your business get going with Cloud solutions.  The Microsoft Azure Everywhere program (expires June 30th, 2017) provides Microsoft funding to qualified partners, like eGroup, to conduct on-site education workshops, proof of concept environments,…