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  • Azure East US vs East US 2 – What’s the difference?

    For several years now, Applied Innovations has assisted companies with Planning, Deploying, Managing and Optimizing their Azure environments.  Customers understand the difference between regions like US East and US Wesd but often ask the question “What’s the deal with Azure East US and East US 2?” So I thought I’d take a moment to go […]

  • Changes To Our Support Toolset for 2018

    For the past 19 years, Applied Innovations has maintained a single brand promise to our customers “Make Online Business Success, Easy” which quite simply means to me that it’s our job to make it easy for our customers to succeed.  Parallel to that is one of the core values of our company “Continual Improvement in […]

  • Azure Site Recovery and Azure Backup for Local Servers and Workstations

    Azure Site Recovery (ASR) and Azure Backup are two powerful services that work together to ensure that you have a complete business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR) solution for your local servers and workstations. With ASR replicating your applications, and Azure Backup securely copying and restoring your data, your concerns over on-premises outages and data loss can give […]

  • Leveraging VM Scale Sets in Azure

    Serving as an excellent example of Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Azure’s Virtual Machine Scale Sets are a powerful new approach to running VMs in the cloud. Before VM scale sets, running a set of identical virtual machines in the cloud required configuring, deploying and managing each instance individually. When the number of VMs rose into the […]

  • How Azure Site Recovery and Backup Will Help You Build a Reliable Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery (BCDR) Strategy

    Among the challenges facing your business is ensuring that your data is safe and recoverable, and that your apps and workloads are running in the event of a planned or unplanned outage.  Said differently, your business needs a reliable business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR) strategy. Azure, which Microsoft describes as “a growing collection of […]

  • 5 Things Every Company Can (and Should) do Today to Prepare For a Unplanned Outage

    In most situations, power outages are inconvenient. They disrupt daily operations, and change project timelines. But when they last, or lead to data loss, inconvenient can easily become devastating. Put simply, your business should have a plan in place for protecting against power outages. The human effects of recent natural disasters are undeniable, and their […]

  • Azure Services: Azure Backup

    There are many backup systems available out there these days, but not all of them have the particular unique advantages of Azure Backup.  Here are some of the benefits of the Azure Backup service in terms of how it can enhance the functioning of your business. Azure Backup Overview Any service that focuses on backup […]

  • 6 Critical Cloud Backup Mistakes You Must Avoid at All Costs

    Cloud backup is the “go-to” solution for data security in 2016. According to a study, 70% of IT professionals benefit from some form of cloud-based cyber security. That means they all get to enjoy secure data all year round, right? Well, that would be the case if there weren’t some easily preventable mistakes being made. Cloud […]

  • Keep Your Business Safe with Azure Security Services

    Azure Security Center and services is one of the Azure services that businesses can use to make sure that they keep their company safe across multiple platforms and in multiple different situations. Here are a few of the benefits to Azure Security Center, including how you can leverage it to stay safe in a dangerous […]

  • Hosted Private Cloud or Managed Public Cloud: What Option Makes Sense For You?

    if you follow this blog then you already know: the emergence of the cloud has already begun to revolutionize the way businesses manage their operations and data. From hosted desktops to cloud backups, the additional security, remote access, and a number of other benefits have become increasingly accessible for enterprise-level and small businesses alike. The […]

  • How the Cloud Can Help Your Business Get Back Online Quickly after a Natural Disaster.

    Between hurricanes constantly hammering the east coast, the wildfires in the northwest, and recent devastating Mexico earthquake, a lot of businesses are realizing that they do not have an ideal natural disaster plan. In fact, most businesses don’t have any natural disaster plan at all. Sure, your building has the basic flood and fire insurance but it […]

  • Azure’s Hybrid Use Benefit Offers Deep Discount on Windows VMs

    If you run Windows Server VMs in Azure, then you know that the cost of the licensing alone accounts for as much 40 percent of the total bill. However, with the introduction of Azure’s Hybrid Use Benefit (HUB), eligible Microsoft customers with Software Assurance (SA) can extend their on-premise licenses to the cloud, often reducing the cost […]