New Azure VPN Gateway SKU’s provide much higher bandwidth for hybrid workloads

Background:  Education customers, particularly Higher Education customers, tend to invest in Internet connectivity differently than the average company focused on making or selling widgets.  Commodity Internet connectivity investments are measured in multiple Gigabits/Sec of bandwidth for many of these customers.  A good number of my EDU customers are members of Internet2 (I2), a networking consortium…


Automatic Long Term Retention for Azure SQL Backup – Cloud Recipes

Chef Gillani   Many applications have regulatory, compliance, or other business purposes that require you to retain automatic full database backups beyond the 7-35 days provided by Azure SQL Database automatic backups. By using the long-term backup retention feature, you can “store your SQL database backups in an Azure Recovery Services vault for up to…


Virtual Machine Readiness Assessment Tool – Cloud Recipes

Chef Gillani   Move to the cloud with confidence The Virtual Machines Readiness Assessment tool will automatically inspect your on-premises environment, whether it is physical or virtualized, and provide you with a check list and detailed report on steps you need to take to move your environment to the cloud. Automated Assessment This tool will…


Virtual Machine Optimization Assessment Tool – Cloud Recipes

Chef Gillani   Ever wished you could have a Microsoft engineer personally tune up your Azure Virtual Machines? Here’s the next best thing. The free Virtual Machine Optimization Tool automatically inspects SQL Server, Active Directory, and SharePoint deployments and provides a detailed set of prioritized recommendations and step-by-step instructions for improvement. Aimed especially at IT…


CPUs, GPUs, TPUs, oh my!

Introduction With the rebirth of AI, the demand for computing has gone through the roof. If you break up an AI program broadly into learning and inference parts, many of the learning algorithms take weeks to execute on traditional CPUs as more and more pertinent data becomes available. CPU clock speeds are flattening and it’s…