Microsoft Azure Site Recovery is here!

The Microsoft Hybrid Cloud story got pushed significant steps forward at the recent TechEd event in Houston last month.  A complete list of all the relevant announcements can be found on Yung Chou’s blog. While it was announced at TechEd, Azure Site Recovery was just made available in preview mode last week.  You can see […]

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Concise Definition for Public, Private and Hybrid Cloud

Further to my post over the confusion of what people believe Public vs Private vs Hybrid cloud is, I thought I’d post what I’ve come up with as the simple and concise definition. Public: Shared services or resources provided by a third party and available to many participants or tenants. Private: Cloud computing resources open to […]

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What is Public Cloud vs Private Cloud vs Hybrid Cloud: A Survey

The Challenge “The industry has been harping on about cloud for several years now” says I.  “Everyone in industry understands it well and even people outside of industry live with it every day”. “I don’t think most people understand what cloud is or what it means” says marketing manager, Angelika Tarasiuk. So we set out […]

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Hiring for SMRT.

I recently posted on Twitter: “I hire for smarts & attitude not experience. I can give a person experience. Can’t make them smart and I can’t fix attitude.”  The post generated some retweets and a question from @patient_0x00 on how to best test for this during the interview process. Clearly more than a 140 character […]

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Thoughts on Cloud Adoption

I started this blog post sometime during this summer and really never got around to finishing it and posting it.  I’ve decided today to post what I’ve got, as I think it’s enough to start the conversation.  Of course this could be a book, but I just want to start you thinking. Frankly there’s so […]

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Mentors – For Everyone

The topic of mentoring came up at the office recently.  The context was a guest lecture that our VP of Service Delivery was giving at Mohawk College, but I think I’d like to take the opportunity to extend it to everyone else. Getting ahead in life and career is always difficult.  Despite the wealth of […]

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Live ID and Skydrive – Consumer Delight, Enterprise Headache

The User Experience As I’ve churned my way through a number of Windows 8 devices and installations, one of the things I’ve appreciated is that I never have to reconfigure much.  My personalization just appears when I log in.  Operating purely in user mode (temporarily turning off the bit that makes me wonder how secure […]

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Windows 8 – Bridge to the future.

You’ll read lots of reviews out there describing Windows 8 as a schizophrenic operating system.  The separation between Windows 7 functionality and Metro style applications and interface is like night and day without the transitions of dusk and dawn.  All those reviews are true.  No need to repeat them here. Windows 8 has to exist, […]

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iPad vs Surface vs Yoga

I am now entering my third week living with the Lenovo Yoga.  It only took the first week of using it and I gave my Surface RT away.  Not good news for the Surface.  Everything I said about it in my initial review holds true.  It raised my expectations of a tablet.  It made me realize […]

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Ironman Lessons – For Everyone

Most of what follows was written immediately after I completed my first Ironman this year.  I participated in the inaugural Mont-Tremblant event.  For those not familiar, the distances for this triathlon are 4k swim, 180k bike, 42k run. Managing my businesses, my family commitments and Ironman training was challenging, and required an extremely patient and […]

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