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#Azure 101 Blob Storage…To Block or Page that is the question #Blob #Object #AzureStorage

July 15, 2016 Comments off

..Block blobs are optimized for streaming and storing cloud objects, and are a good choice for storing documents, media files, backups etc…..

Page blobs are optimized for representing IaaS disks and supporting random writes, and may be up to 1 TB in size. An Azure virtual machine network attached IaaS disk is a VHD stored as a page blob

Blob Storage stores unstructured object data. A blob can be any type of text or binary data, such as a document, media file, or application installer. Blob storage is also referred to as Object storage.

#Azure 101 – Azure App Service vs Cloud Services vs VMs?

June 28, 2016 Comments off

What is the right choice for moving your  app into Azure….


#Azure101: #AzureExpressRoute Essential Guide

December 7, 2015 Comments off

‘MS Guide – Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute Technical Overview – Michael Washam’

Summary: “Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute makes it easy to establish dedicated and private circuits between your data center and Microsoft Azure. ExpressRoute connections do not go over the public Internet and offer more reliability, faster speeds, lower latencies, and higher security than typical connections over the Internet. This guide explains ExpressRoute and its uses, compares provider models, and walks you through the workflow and deployment steps…”


Credit Michael Washam…
Comparing ExpressRoute Provider Models
There are two types of providers you can choose from when using ExpressRoute: Connecting through an Exchange Provider (IXP) or a Network Service Provider (Telco).



Onboarding to #CREST APIs for new #CSP Partners #O365 #Azure

August 13, 2015 Comments off

Onboarding to #CREST APIs for new #CSP Partners #O365 #Azure

YouTubeNew CSP partner? Need to connect with the CREST APIs? This 18 minute tutorial walks through all the details end to end. Starting with a newly…

Visio Stencil Download for #Exchange2013 #Office365

April 13, 2013 Comments off

Creating visual representations of your on-premises, hybrid and Office 365 architectures, including Microsoft Exchange icons is helpful way to communicate your deployment. This Visio stencil provides icons — many depicting servers, server roles, services, and applications — that you can use in architecture diagrams, charts, and posters. These icons are primarily centered around on-premise deployments of Microsoft Exchange Server 2013, as well as hybrid Office 365 deployments of Exchange 2013.

HP Converged Infrastructure Reference Architecture Design Guide – Accelerating IT with HP Converged Infrastructure #HPConverge

March 29, 2013 Comments off

The  technical white paper can be downloaded here:

Courtesty of HP Converged Infrastructure







#Cloud reference materials – for free… #HPConverge #PrivateCloud #IaaS #Hyper-V #SystemsCenter2012

March 28, 2013 Comments off

See the full original article courtesy of Charlies Bess on the HP Blog here @

Earlier this month, I had some fun posting a song about private cloud architects, today I’d like to back it up with some materials that may actually be useful.

HP and Microsoft have jointly defined a Departmental Private Cloud Reference Architecture based on best-in-class HP Converged Infrastructure and Microsoft Windows Server with Hyper-V and System Center. This site may be useful for those going who are closely aligned with Microsoft’s approach to cloud computing.

There is also other reference architecture and materials sites like:

There are also a few free books at the HP Book Store, including:

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