With the world and nature of customer interactions changing rapidly, international law firm Taylor Wessing needs an IT solution that can keep up. With Azure cloud services, Taylor Wessing has the flexibility and speed they need to service customers. With advanced security benefits they can be sure their customer data will be secure.
This article, written by a small business owner, is relevant to business leaders of every type. It highlights the importance of a disaster recovery plan and underscores the value of diligence and consistency when implementing one.
And with the event that Microsoft partners from around the world await with bated breath, Microsoft Inspire, trending as #MSInspire was no less than a spectacle in every sense. While partner conferences are something that only large scale organizations put up, these events talk a great deal about the insights of the importance a vendor company is giving to its clients. With the major agenda of a sales event, these partner conferences give the clients a good sneak peek into the plans of the vendors and what their aims and goals are for the coming times. Focused on driving customer and partner engagements, MSInspire is usually setting goals for partners with a humungous limelight concentrated on recognitions and morale boosting of the inseparable part of their ecosystem. Focusing on multiple aspects that have seen a paradigm change,the graph of successful ventures is on the rise and new additions ensure that the same continues. Dynamic 365, PowerApps, AppSource, Azure Marketplace & AI were some of the key highlights of the entire 3 day hullabaloo and Vegas definitely seemed much brighter with MSInspire, as it does, year after year.
With its grandeur and exuberance soaring higher every passing year, Microsoft Inspire was a 3 days extravaganza with partners and MS geeks pouring in from all corners of the world. Hosted on the 15th, 16th and 17th July 2019, Microsoft Inspire was a huge platfom that offered immense opportunities to investors, partners and those wishing to walk the extra mile to realise the potential that technology has to offer.
With the arrivals starting on the 14th July, Microsoft had its First Time Attendee orientation sorted on the very same day and The Hub Preview by Microsoft Inspire and Microsoft Ready. Taking off with Corenote at Microsoft Inspire, the major part of Day 1 was devoted to Networking & Sessions at Microsoft Inspire followed by Social Hours with Microsoft Inspire and Microsoft Ready and Area Celebrations to conclude the day with.
“The magic happens when your teams meet our technology. We come together in a partnership” said Gavriella Schuster, Corporate VP for One Commercial Partner at MS Corp.
While the Corenote at Day1 worked towards valuing and empowering Microsoft Partners, it also drove a significant focus to democratise digital. Making the economies digital and democratizing it, part of the address by Judson Althoff, Executive VP of Worldwide Commercial Business at MS Corp was what ruled the Day1 which saw numerous attendees at the arena for the CoreNote and then some more at the various halls put up for interaction of the partners with the core teams.
Putting up ‘The Hub’, an open platform at the Mandalay Bay Convention Centre which was a rather convenient spot for the attendees to come together and build up the much required connect with Microsoft Partners from all over the world, The Hub was a gallery of opportunities for those willing to find one.
Specific Area Lounges, Connect Zone- a cafe set up to meet and discuss opportunities with other MS Partners from more than 130 countries and the Social Hours presented a plethora of options for all the attendees to reap out the maximum benefits from the MS Inspire and one could only wish for that the time did not end that soon!!
Day 2 Corenote:
While Day2 saw a multitude of featured speakers taking over the stage that come from different walks of life and have their own lives as an example to inspire, MS Inspire got an immeasurable impetus at The Hub, wherein the SMC Sales Centre was one of the numerous interactive enters and platform available for people to mingle with the like minded crowd and explore the richness of the event. Day 2 was still ruled by Networking & Sessions at Microsoft Inspire, followed by Social hours at Microsoft Ready and Microsoft Inspire which paved for various evening events later.
While Innovation, Partnership and Business Leadership remained at the core of all the activities planned at MS Inspire, the learning material available as well as the unmatched energy of the event pumped up the enthusiasm manifolds. The huge gathering comprised of not only Microsoft partners from more than 130 countries but also Microsoft senior leadership, Microsoft Solution Specialists, Microsoft Account Executives, Microsoft Channel Managers, Senior Industry Experts and many more.
The event also focused on core aspects such as being accessible to all, embracing sustainability and supporting wellness by undertaking various activities and minuscule steps such as providing sustainable food choices, giving healthy meal options, gym access and a host of other conveniences to the attendees.
A gesture of warmth to first time attendees, MS Inspire also put up the FTA program by pairing new attendees with seasoned partners who could serve as guides and mentors to sheath the new attendees by getting blinded from the extravaganza. Starting from the orientations to the post-event planning help, the FTA was no less than a boon for the newbies and definitely helped in making them comfortable and completely imbibe the essence of MS Inspire.
Day 3 Corenote:
While Day3 consisted of Microsoft Inspire and Microsoft Ready Corenotes to start the day with, strong words from Satya Nadella and Brad Smith about not only reaching out to but also at the same time empowering every organisation on the planet simultaneously creating a sustainable environment on the planet for the future generations to come touched a chord.
Day3 witnessed numerous shared stories of success and innovation from the attendees. Majority of the stalls at The Hub and even the Connect Zones saw a huge footfall with people trying to grab up as much as they could from what MS Inspire had to offer. Empowering through partnerships, collaborations and reaching out to partners from farthest of places within a couple of square inches is one of the best things MS Inspire offers to its partners. The multiple atriums and theatres hosted a significant number of sessions for the attendees to take back with them as experiences and knowledge. Business development Connections and Networking Sessions at Microsoft Inspire and Microsoft Ready still took up the major part of the day and the One Celebration was the just the perfect way to end the 3 days long exuberant affair.
The catch ups at The Hub, the discussions, key speakers’ notes, CoreNote, all added to the 3 days Gala event, numerous discussions, meetings, brainstorming and a host of other activities on the latest technologies, updates, programs and applications pertaining to services and solutions such as Cloud Management, Artificial Intelligence, Business Applications, Teamworks, Internet of Things and much more, the event wrapped up with one of the largest celebrations, or rather, the One Celebration. The event throbbed with the high energy levels of Microsoft employees and partners alike, celebrating their shared success and at the same time paving way for the year that is to come.
On Thursday, the 18th July, the day for the final see- offs, the content was concluded with the First Time Attendee workshops, some more networking sessions and Area General Sessions which worked out like more of cool down sessions to kick start the wait for the event next year!
Day 1 at Microsoft Inspire, Las Vegas
The 1st day at Microsoft Inspire, the largest annual meet conducted by Microsoft, year after year for its network partners to gather on one platform and review as well as ready for the next insights from Microsoft and also to broaden the community’s understanding of its services and products and brainstorm on ideas and solutions that can be offered to the customers around the globe to be able to use the available services in an increasingly efficient manner was a feast for the eyes. With the largest gathering of IT brains all across the world, the event presented the numerous partners and employees who traveled from lands near and far a plethora of opportunities than ever wherein everyone gathered in the T-Mobile Arena to hear to the world leaders talk about how Microsoft technologies and services were being channeled y the partners and global entrepreneurs to bring innovation and ease the life of customers and change business perspectives through intelligent transformation across borders.
The focus was also on the upcoming financial year 2019 on how industry specific solutions and customer centric policies and updates that would not only help acquire new customers and businesses but also help retain the previous clientele. New strategies, enhanced training methodologies and readiness opportunities for the new players that come into the market and anchor themselves with Microsoft technologies which would give them the much needed base for growth in the industry.
The evening also witnessed great insights from Gavriella Schuster, Corporate Vice president, One Commercial Partner, about programs, tools and resources that would help partners to rejuvenate as well as differentiate their business with the help of latest Microsoft technologies and updates.
Day 2nd Microsoft Inspire, Las Vegas
Corenote, about to start at 8.30 AM Pacific Time was filled with activities and similar sessions with opportunities to connect with active partner communities at the Community Hub. Shuttle services from the hotels started from as early as 6 AM. With resources available to book meeting spaces and also tools that allow booking face-to- face meetings with other attendees till a maximum 9 members per meeting. Also the meeting could be reserved for available slots at the MyInspire meeting tables or any other alternate locations. The Happy Hours in The Commons started from 5 PM to 7 PM that provided unparalleled opportunity to meet up fellow partners and Microsoft Ready Attendees.
Day 3rd Microsoft Inspire, Las Vegas
that concluded the Corenote at Las Vegas, Nevada was made all the more worth it by the address of Satya Nadella that enlightened the audience comprising of partners and employees on how Microsoft planned to harp on its mission of empowering every person and organization on the planet to achieve more using its latest technologies such as the Microsoft Intelligent Cloud and Microsoft Intelligent Edge. There were talks by Microsoft Solution area leaders who spoke about new resources and assets that aided delivery of strong Modern Life Solutions with stories from customers all around the world that showed how Microsoft 365 enabled employees to bring in more innovation and creativity into the workspace. Also, the day included details about the expansion of the Azure platform that enabled improvisation across multiple domains.
Enamoring the event were performances from Grammy Award Winner Bruno Mars at One Celebration, Las Vegas Motor Speedway which added to the quotient of entertainment, networking and fun of the event. With the event in full swing, Microsoft also added to the excitement by putting up 10 new announcements which have already started creating ripples in the market and the results of these announcements would be soon seen in numbers. The announcements put forth by Microsoft are as listed below
- New marketplace capabilities such as Integrated Partner to Partner Solutions that will help channels grow their business with sales and deployment.
- Expansion of Private Offers in Azure Marketplace that will help partners move away from standard prices, offer better buying prices to customers who in turn achieve a unique buying experience and meet their buying needs.
- Special Bootcamps and free access to the dynamic self service for partners, including business insights which would help them get a better understanding of the business apps and enable them to understand performance and stability of their business.
- Microsoft also announced advanced specialization and services for its partners that would help them go the extra mile and boost their profitability.
- The Azure Expert MSP or Managed Service Provider program which begun as a pilot program earlier this year has been introduced by Microsoft for their partners who stand out of the crowd by demonstrating extra ordinary skills in delivering consistent Managed Services in Azure
- Market Benefits Package: Helping its partners build market practices that are more targeted and help partners to select from four business packages depending on their business focus in the later part of the year.
- New Apps and Technologies for Azure: Announcements regarding the launch of Azure Data Box Disk and Azure Firewall and Azure Virtual WAN. These innovations seem quite promising when it comes to data transfer within organizations as well as compliance policies.
- Microsoft 365 Updates: Announcing the availability of Microsoft Teams collaboration app as a free version in the Office 365 suite. Also, an additional feature of Workplace Analytics was added that would help teams discover and meet challenges.
- Updates on Software as Services: Releasing updates on a lot many services from its plethora of services such as Azure IoT Central which would in turn support for Power BI and Microsoft Flow to enable real time intelligence visualization.
- Expansion of the Microsoft Library of free playbooks with two new additions to help its partners build practices in new arenas which would serve as guidelines for managing and developing cloud practices.
In today’s age where the best resource is considered to be information, it is highly essential to keep it stored safely and with efficient ease of access. Currently, cloud-based data storage services are being increasingly demanded by small and large IT and other companies all around the world.
Azure Backup Service is an excellent choice when it comes to safeguarding, storing and accessing vital data or information relating to your business.
What is Azure Backup Service?
Azure backup service is an efficient online backup service from the world-renowned brand. This is a readymade service, allowing you an unmatched flexibility of choice to pick and choose the data which you wish to store safely, for as long as you require to.
This advanced cloud platform is designed to be affordable for long-term and short-term retention of industrial data. The cloud-based platform also allows you to load virtual machines, or single files and folders, free, as and when you require.
Why Choose Azure Backup Service for Your Business?
Azure Backup Service is an excellent choice for corporate clients when it comes to ensuring safety, and ease of accessibility, for relevant and important industrial data stored by you.
These are the efficient aspects of Azure Backup Service that makes it the top choice of corporations from around the globe:
Affordable alternative for cutting costs
The cloud platform is designed to offer users the best, safest and easiest way to store and access their important industrial data and information from anywhere around the world.
As this platform can be engaged for any amount of time, conveniently with a pay-as-you-go basis, according to your requirements, it makes an ideal choice for storing essential industrial data here. It provides an easy and affordable storage facility for huge amounts of data.
Easiest to use
The Backup Service in Azure allows you to access the cloud storage from on-site and can be efficiently accessed through any conventional Linux, Windows, Hyper-V and VMware system.
This efficient cloud-based service is designed to automatically detect all your authorized on-site VMware virtual machines and helps to connect these to Azure. With just three simple clicks you can backup all your data and Azure VMs. In case you accidentally lose any data, the central backup storage allows you to easily restore the data of your choice. Another efficient feature with this is that with only a few clicks you can easily export your Power BI reports regarding your backup, for efficient compliance.
Protection against Ransomware
The Azure Backup Service is also designed to let you set up access to the stored data on the cloud in a customized access system. With this, only authorized personnel in your company are able to perform critical backup functions.
The cloud service will also send a notification in case it detects any suspicious activity on your account. This precautionary step allows preventing data from being stolen or lost to ransomware.
In case, an unauthorized deletion occurs for your stored data; the backup is still kept safe for a number of days. This gives you sufficient time for action and start the successful recovery of your data.
Choose the best Azure Backup Service in Ahmedabad to stay a step ahead of the competition. With the advanced and efficient cloud platform, storing, accessing and sharing big data has become easier, effective and more affordable in India.
There are two primary reasons why enterprises choose to adopt Cloud infrastructure store their DATA, one and the most important DATA SECURITY and two cost benefit.
And Microsoft very well understands both these requirements of the enterprises very well. It also knows that it is no cakewalk to earn the trust of the enterprises and hence right from day one Microsoft has strived in leaving no effort and expense spared in instilling confidence and belief for it’s products in the hearts and minds of it’s customers.
Microsoft has always believed that Security, Compliance, and Privacy are the most important aspects of any organization and that there should be no compromise made on this front. In each development process that Microsoft undertakes it ensures that these three features are deeply ingrained in the DNA of the final product.
Microsoft’s offering in the Cloud infrastructure space is marketed under the brand name “Microsoft Azure”. Azure provides a host of cloud computing services such as data storage, data analytics, data computing and networking. Organizations are free to choose any or all of these services depending upon their business requirements.
So, after all, why do enterprises and organizations should trust their all-important data with Microsoft Azure?
Is it simply because stats show that 85 % Fortune 500 companies use Microsoft Cloud or there are 1,20,000 monthly NEW subscriptions of Azure or is it because the 34 data centers that Microsoft has set up across the globe.
The above numbers are fine but they are not enough to convince the enterprises to migrate or adopt Microsoft Azure as their Cloud Partner.
So what is actually driving the acceptability and popularity of Azure? This can be answered in just one word – “DATA SECURITY”.
Each and every organization is extremely concerned about it’s data confidentiality and has zero tolerance towards any form of compromise in it’s data privacy.
Microsoft is aware of this All the most important business need and is leaving no expense spared in meeting the same. Of the 12 billion $ that Microsoft spends in research and product development a substantial amount, close to 1 billion $ is set aside for cybersecurity efforts. Microsoft has a dedicated Digital Crimes Unit which specializes in Digital Crime detection using sophisticated tools such as analytics.
Moreover, Microsoft has acquired more certifications in the field of Regulatory compliance with respect to different countries than any other cloud service provider. Microsoft is devoting it’s resources in advanced technologies to offer state of the art Digital Secure and Private environment for it’s customers.
Bitscape Infotech has been a Microsoft GOLD Partner since the year 2004 and it goes without saying that Bitscape has developed it’s expertise in and around Microsoft technologies which include Microsoft Cloud Services Azure.
It is the single-minded vision of Bitscape to help enterprises with it’s Microsoft-powered data solutions which would empower the enterprises with DATA storage in secured and flexible environment guaranteeing them with DATA privacy and accessibility from anywhere in the world.
There is little doubt in the minds of the programmers that Machine learning also commonly referred to as Artificial Intelligence (AI) would bring about a tectonic change across industry verticals and the way businesses would benefit by leveraging their capabilities.
Microsoft has already realised the potential of Machine learning and is making sincere efforts in utilising it’s weight to help businesses in sectors such as education, agriculture, healthcare, fraud detection, public services and even sports to increase their productivity.
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Microsoft has very recently unveiled a unique platform which uses Machine learning (Artificial intelligence) that will help the sports administrators in predicting the cricket scores more accurately even when the cricket matches are affected by weather conditions. Besides prediction of match scores accurately sports administrators can also use this new platform for managing a host of other sports related activities.
This cricketing platform uses Machine learning where in it allows the programmers to include multiple parameters such as playing conditions, weather, nature of the cricket pitch and ground skill level of the batsmen and bowlers so as to predict the match scores more definitively and accurately.
According to Microsoft the power of Machine learning is immense and it can be utilised effectively for the sports industry for not merely predicting the scores of the matches but also predicting other match related eventualities such as monitoring real time player conditions on the field so as to be prepared for any sort of eventualities such as player injuries also.
Apart from the sports industry Public Services sector and Agriculture also form a key area for Microsoft to utilise Machine learning capabilities.
Microsoft has recently entered into a deal with the Andhra Pradesh government to use Machine Learning to analyse and predict the school drop outs rate and reasons and take necessary preventive measures.
Similarly, in the month of June Microsoft partnered with International Crops Research Institute to develop a “sowing app” that provides crucial information to the farmers related to the reasons for crop failures and their preventive actions and methods to increase the crop yield.
Microsoft continues to believe in the capabilities of Machine learning (Artificial Intelligence) and would strive to help the businesses in Public and Private sectors to increase their efficiency and thereby their productivity.
Source: – MicrosoftAzure
For many cloud services Azure PaaS is the right choice for many cloud users. Platform as a service (PaaS) is a main key Azure Component, which is useful for buyers and profitable for sellers. Microsoft Azure and Windows Server applications are finally symbiotic as well. The major goal of Microsoft Azure and Windows Server is to make Azure cloud hosted by Windows Server alternative or supplement which means Azure delivers PaaS feature to applications.
A user with Windows Server applications, Azure reinstates both the hardware and platform software. Hence, Azure relocates software licensing charges as well as maintenance costs.
PaaS is Azure’s best feature and clearest differentiator. Additionally, to limit cloud costs, PaaS facilitates hybrid cloud operation. To make this, PaaS facilitates a complete cloud software and hardware platform for applications compatible with Microsoft’s on-premises tools. Azure recommends cloud-friendly implementations on well- accepted server APIs for service such as SharePoint. As Microsoft controls the data centre version of the same APIs, it can create flexibility and hybridization into the cloud and data center.
Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) allows IT department to concentrate efforts on their custom applications, not the platform they run on. With the Windows Azure, organization’s IT team can develop custom solutions and manage design, development and deployment, exclusive of the need to purchase and manage the server hardware, software, storage, security or networks which is used to deliver the solution.
Bitscape is a premier partner with Microsoft where Bitscape customer will receive a license to take advantage of Microsoft Azure’s IaaS solution. As of now Bitscape supports Azure’s Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offering, the latest announcement provides the creation of hybrid cloud infrastructure by promoting Bitscape customers to consider Azure to power the infrastructure which undergirds its PaaS infrastructure .
As time goes Windows Azure has established and more and more organizations start looking at Azure to solve some of their needs.
PaaS benefits are more than grid computing fulfillment. Microsoft controls middleware in Azure and Windows Server, ensuring on-premises programs can take full advantage of cloud.
Clients of Bitscape have profited from this service model. If you would like to discover potential for your organization contact us to schedule a consultation.
Azure Site Recovery assists you to protect important applications by coordinating the imitation and recovery of physical or virtual machines. Your organization can replicate to your own data centre, to a hosting service provider or even to Azure to avoid the expense and complexity of building and managing your own secondary location.
Azure Site Recovery adds to your business continuity and disaster recovery strategy by coordinating replication, failover and recovery of virtual machines in a number of deployment scenario.
Azure Site Recovery assists to protect the critical applications running in your datacenter with flexible recovery plans. Microsoft Azure Site Recovery is a Microsoft Azure service that will enable failover for on-premises Hyper-Virtual machines.
Azure Site Recovery is secure. It neither captures your application data nor has any information about what is running inside your virtual machines. Internet connectivity is not needed either from the Hyper-V hosts or the virtual machines.
As replication is between your own enterprise and service provide sites, no application data is sent to Azure. Only metadata, like VM or cloud names, that is needed to coordinate failover, is sent to Azure.
Your all data is stored in “YOUR” storage account on top of the world class geo-redundant storage provided by Azure.
Earlier Azure Site Recovery was known as Hyper-V Recovery Manager. New capabilities will facilitate customers to replicate VMs from their own data centers directly to Azure and coordinate the recovery of workloads in a cloud computing environment.
The highlighted features of Azure Site Recovery:
- Simplify – Site Recovery ,facilitates your business continuity and disaster recovery by making it easy to configure replication and run failover and recovery for you on-premises workloads and applications.
- Replication – you can replicate on-premises workloads to Azure storage, or to a secondary datacenter.
- Vault – to manage duplication you can set up a Site Recovery Vault in an Azure region you select. All metadata remains within that region.
- Metadata- no application data is sent to Azure. Site recovery only requires metadata such as virtual machine and VMM cloud means, in order to coordinate replication and failover.
- Connection to Azure – management servers communicate with Azure depending on your deployment scenario. For example if your organization is replicating virtual machines located in an on premises VMM cloud, the VMM server communicates with Site Recovery over an encrypted outbound HTTPS connection. No connection is needed from the virtual machines or Hyper-V hosts.