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…

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Run Windows 10 in the Cloud with Microsoft’s Multitenant Hoster Program

Until recently, Microsoft customers running Windows 10 on a virtual machine had only two choices: on-premise and Microsoft Azure. Now there is a third option: third-party hosts. The new option comes courtesy of Microsoft’s new Qualified Multitenant Hoster Program (QMTH Program), which extends Windows 10 virtualization rights to authorized third-party cloud hosts for the first time. Below…

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What is Azure Security Center?

Azure Security Center is an advanced, unified security management platform that Microsoft offers all Azure subscribers. Features of the standard offering include security health monitoring for both cloud and on-premises workloads; security threat blocking through access and app controls; adjustable security policies for maintaining regulatory and standards compliance; security vulnerability discovery tools and patches; and advanced threat detection through…

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Do I buy Azure Direct or through a partner?

Applied Innovations has always been on the cutting edge of technology when it comes to the Internet, Cloud Computing and Microsoft technologies, so it’s no wonder that Applied Innovations was among the earliest managed services provider to deliver services on top of Microsoft Azure.  Over the past few years, we’ve seen a growing interest in…

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10 Azure Services That Can Enhance Your Data Analytics Operations

We live in an age of big data. In fact, data volume is exploding; the last two years alone have generated more storable information than the entirety of prior human history. When analyzed and used correctly, this data can tell your business more about your audience, competitive environment, and forecasted success than you ever thought possible. But…

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5 Reasons to Move to the Cloud with Azure SQL Database

As an alternative to expensive, relatively inflexible onsite database solutions, database-as-a-service (DBaaS) providers offer flexible, cloud-based databases as a subscription service. One of the most widely used and trusted DBaaS platforms is Azure SQL Database. There are at least five compelling reasons to transition to the cloud model for your SQL database with Azure: cost savings;…

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How to Supercharge Your E-Commerce Efforts With Azure Services

As we move deeply into the holiday season, the possibilities and limitations of e-commerce are once again becoming clear. Consumers across industries increasingly shop online; in fact, the majority of Americans now prefer to do so, that number goes to 67 percent for younger generations. Of course, that increased desire for online shopping has also increased competition.…

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