Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Amazon Web Services Grows Bigger

Amazon Web Services grow again with the opening of a new region in Frankfurt, Germany. This new region has two data centres, zones. 

The Frankfurt region joins Dublin, Ireland as AWS’ second European location, and provides customers with a new option for end users and applications benefiting from infrastructure located in continental Europe. 

In the new German region, as with all AWS regions, you choose where your data is processed and stored. Additionally, you can now further improve the fault tolerance of your applications using two infrastructure regions located exclusively in Europe, i.e. Dublin, Ireland and Frankfurt, Germany. 

Amazon Web Services are now operating eleven regions worldwide, which serve customers from over 190 countries. You can learn more about their growing global infrastructure footprint at Amazon's Global Infrastructure page.

The new Frankfurt region provides a broad suite of AWS services, including:

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2).
Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS).
Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3).
Amazon DynamoDB, Amazon RDS. 
Amazon Redshift.
AWS CloudHSM. 
Amazon Glacier. 
Auto Scaling. 
Elastic Load Balancing.
Amazon Storage Gateway.
Amazon Elastic Map Reduce (EMR).
Amazon Kinesis.
Amazon Identity and Access Management (IAM).
AWS CloudTrail.
Amazon CloudWatch.
AWS Elastic Beanstalk.
AWS CloudFormation.
AWS OpsWorks. 
AWS CloudSearch. 
Amazon SWF.
Amazon SQS.
Amazon SNS.
AWS Direct Connect.
Amazon VPC. 

Frankfurt Region pricing is available on the detail page of each service, which you can find through Amazon's Products & Services page. However we noticed that the costs are higher than Ireland, around 15% more.

Amazon Web Services continue to expand their services globally based largely on customer input. They already have 
AWS Edge Locations in Amsterdam, The Netherlands (2), Dublin, Ireland, Frankfurt, Germany (3), London, England (3), Madrid, Spain, Marseille, France, Milan, Italy, Paris, France (2), Stockholm, Sweden, and Warsaw, Poland.

In order to support enterprises, government agencies, academic institutions, small-to-mid size companies, startups, and developers, there are AWS offices in Germany (Berlin, Munich), the UK (London), Ireland (Dublin), France (Paris), Luxembourg (Luxembourg City), Spain (Madrid), Sweden (Stockholm), and Italy (Milan).

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Delve now added to Office 365

Microsoft launched there Office 365 with the vision of helping people get more done, collaborate more effectively, and have greater flexibility in how they work. As we work, share and connect with others—discovering the right information at the right time becomes even more valuable. To this end, Microsoft have announce a significant step forward in making Office 365 even more personalized and tailored to each person. Office Delve (previously codenamed “Oslo”) will begin rolling out to Office 365 business customers.
Office Delve is a new way to discover relevant information and connections from across your work life. Delve displays information that is most relevant for each person based on the work they are doing and the people with whom they are engaging.  With Delve, information finds you versus you having to find information.
All of this is presented in a beautiful, card-based design that is easy to understand and use. It also presents intuitive ways to view content, so you no longer have to remember where stuff is stored or who shared it with you. And, of course, Delve only enables you to view content you have access and permission to view—we always respect permissions across all parts of Office 365.

Powered by the Office Graph

Delve knows what’s relevant to you based on insights delivered through Office Graph, which uses sophisticated machine learning techniques to map the relationships between people, content, and activity that occurs across Office 365. Delve is the first of many experiences we will release, tapping into the connections and insights from Office Graph.
Office Graph currently incorporates content and signals from email, OneDrive for Business, SharePoint Online and Yammer.  Over the coming months we will continue to integrate signals and content sources, such as email attachments, OneNote and Lync. Take a look at this video to see how Office Graph works behind the scenes to power a new set of experiences.
Delve simply makes work more intuitive and easier to navigate. Instead of having to dig through email, search on Yammer, or explore SharePoint and OneDrive for Business to find the right stuff, you can simply use Delve to have the right information delivered to you.

Friday, 7 February 2014

Windows XP End of Support Check List.

Microsoft will end support for the Windows XP desktop Operating system on April 8th 2014. It’s been fantastic to talk with small and medium-sized business owners over the last few months who are excited about the ways that Windows 8.1 Pro can both help their business and make their employees more productive. But, with only two months left before Windows XP reaches End of Support, I’ve also talked with business owners who are still wrestling with how to make the jump from Windows XP to a modern operating system. For many small and medium-sized businesses with little to no IT budget, the process may fall on one employee or the owner themselves and upgrading 5, 25 or 250 computers can seem daunting.
As Microsoft shared, after Windows XP reaches end of support on April 8, 2014, businesses still running the old operating system face increased security risks, increased costs and lack of technical support. But you may not know what computers in your business are running Windows XP and how to migrate them to a newer OS, or if you need to purchase new devices. To help ease the process, below is a handy checklist that covers the key steps small and medium-sized businesses need to take to be ready well before April 8.
Evaluate Your Hardware Needs: First, you need to check to see if you are running Windows XP. You can do this by downloading this handy upgrade assistant. If you are running Windows XP, odds are that you are using an older desktop PC or notebook. That hardware did a great job providing a powerful Windows XP experience, but technology has improved dramatically since then. Older hardware is not designed to support a modern operating system like Windows 8.1 Pro or the mobile demands of the modern workforce.
As part of your migration, research the new form factors and devices that are available for the modern workplace before upgrading your business’ hardware. Windows 8.1 devices are all about choice, and many of them, like the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon and the Dell Venue 11 Pro, offer the power and productivity needed for a more mobile workforce with the specs and price point to meet any business need. There are also several special offers currently available from Windows and Office for businesses upgrading from Windows XP.
In addition to great mobile form factors, the choices for modern desktop computers are better than ever. New mini-desktops like the Lenovo ThinkCentre Tiny give you a full power desktop in a small package that can fit almost anywhere. If you’re looking for maximum horsepower, be sure to check out the HP Z820 workstation. It’s the one I use on my personal desktop and it delivers amazing performance in a wide range of configurations.
Prep Your Data: Once you know which devices make sense for your organization, you’ll need to think through how you are going to move your company data. It’s common to feel a bit nervous when it comes time to move years of sensitive company data across devices, but advances in cloud technology make it easier than ever to backup, store and transfer files.
As you map out your migration strategy, include a plan for how you will both backup sensitive files and securely transfer your company data across PCs. If you are unsure as to the most efficient way to do this for your organization, Microsoft has resources to help you sort through the various options.
Check Your Apps: Few things are as frustrating as picking a new device, moving over your data and sitting down to work, only to discover that a critical business application is not compatible with your new operating system. To avoid this, evaluate your applications before starting your migration. Not only should you check the applications downloaded directly onto your PCs, you should also double check any web-based applications that your business uses to ensure they will work with an updated version of your internet browser.
Deploy Windows 8.1 Pro: With your new hardware in place, your data safely transferred and your applications up and running, your business is ready to take full advantage of a modern operating system like Windows 8.1 Pro. With Windows 8.1 Pro, your business devices will be more secure and easier to manage and your employees will be more productive than ever before. For additional information on the specifics of deploying Windows 8.1, go here.
Microsoft are proud of the value that Windows XP has offered to businesses for more than a decade and we are excited to help companies reach the next level of productivity with Windows 8.1 Pro.