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All the Internets are down!
Posted 22 October 2016 / By Matt Carolan / Events/ General


So yesterday the internet went down… well not the internet as some informed me and not google as others said which first sparked my interest to investigate. But significant websites were offline. My first thought was that some major website host or cloud provider must be having a serious outage… but we were all wrong (when I say “we”, I mean all those I talked to who helped shape my assumptions with no real facts behind them)

So what was offline and how did it happen?

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Azure Price Impact
Posted 20 October 2016 / By Matt Carolan / Uncategorized

cloud cost
So what happened this month with Azure pricing?

Even I was surprised with the size of change with the new pricing. Normally the major cloud providers like to incrementally reduce prices, I guess so that they can have many regular price drops. A recent report also suggested that Microsoft might stop fighting Amazon AWS by cutting prices in order to win and retain business. That certainly looked true when last year they raised prices for many countries outside of the US, due to the shift in currency exchange rates.
We all knew that October 1st would see restructuring of Microsoft Enterprise Agreements which worried many that things would become more expensive. Did they?

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Microsoft Ignite Highlights
Posted 18 October 2016 / By Matt Carolan / Azure/ Events

msigniteSo the end of last month saw the conclusion of Microsoft’s big conference event called Ignite.
This was where a lot of new features for Azure were announced and also was the trigger for lots of change to kick in on the 1st of October including big price reductions for Azure.
It’s been 2 weeks and now that the dust has settled I thought it would be good to recap what I felt were some of the major announcements to come out of it. Read More

I’m such an Idiot!
Posted 17 October 2016 / By Matt Carolan / General

42All I want is to watch live Baseball, Ice Hockey and American Football. I don’t want to watch it illegally but I also don’t want to pay for things I don’t want and I certainly don’t want to pay more for a bundle of junk that I don’t want just to get the 3 things I do want. Watching it on any device I own would be a nice bonus.
This seems to be a pipe dream (let me know if you know a secret I don’t)

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Key Factors to Consider When Moving to Cloud
Posted 17 October 2016 / By Matt Carolan / General

42In this digital era, it is quite important to move to the cloud computing system. However, there are certain factors that are needed to be considered when moving the entire business services to the cloud computing system. Cloud computing undoubtedly offers several advantages to ensure that everything happens smoothly, and it is vital to consider the following key factors. Read More

Can Azure Save Vancouver Canada?
Posted 15 October 2016 / By Matt Carolan / Azure/ Events

businessman-cloudI wrote a similar article about Disaster Recovery and relating it to a big storm we had in Vancouver, Canada around this time last year. Here we are a year later and another big storm is hitting us.
Growing up in Australia I’m use to much worse storms where we see flooding, trees down, lightning strikes, hail, wind that you can barely walk in, crocodiles in your backyard… and that’s considered normal.
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Identify Cloud Computing Security Threats
Posted 10 October 2016 / By Matt Carolan / General

Cloud computing involves a group of remote servers that are interconnected in order to offer online access to resources. These resources are related to information technology and promote centralized data storage. Scalable information services are offered anywhere, anytime at reduced costs. Read More

Using PKI with the Cloud-Secure Web in a Sophisticated Way
Posted 3 October 2016 / By Matt Carolan / Uncategorized

PKI stands for Public Key Infrastructure. This system is comprehensive, and aims at offering public key encryption and digital signature services. The main purpose of PKI is to offer certificates and keys, thereby establishing a safe and reliable environment for networking. Read More

Posted 26 September 2016 / By Matt Carolan / General

39Security is one of the biggest concerns every company and individual have to think of when it comes to cloud computing. There are many benefits to be derived from the use of cloud computing. But considering the fact that most of the services provided in cloud computing are over the internet, threats of third parties gaining access to the sensitive information cannot be ignored. Thus, every organization and individual needs to be concerned when deploying data on the cloud. Read More

Posted 19 September 2016 / By Matt Carolan / New Cloud Features

Key management is becoming one of the most crucial players in ensuring data security on the cloud computing system. Many people can now have their own encryption key to protect their data. However, having an encryption key doesn’t always guarantee data security. The question that arises then is, how is the key handled or managed by these individuals?
Different organizations manage their encryption keys differently. Read More

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