20 Nov 2019

Microsoft Announces Azure Arc

At Microsoft’s recent annual Ignite conference, it was announced that a product known as Azure Arc was to be launched which would change the landscape of the public cloud…

Azure Arc will enable customers to understand and realise the benefits of up-to-date data capabilities and dynamic scalability on any infrastructure. Customers will now have the flexibility to deploy Azure SQL Database and Azure Database for PostgreSQL Hyperscale where they need it.

From the Azure portal, customers will be able to view all their Azure data services running across both on-premise and cloud infrastructures and can apply consistent policy, security and governance of data across all environments. Customers will also get limitless scale by seamlessly spinning up additional Kubernetes clusters in Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) if they run out of capacity on-premise.
These set of technologies will unlock new hybrid scenarios for customers by bringing Azure services and management to any infrastructure. Today, Azure Arc is only available in preview mode.

 

To read Microsoft’s full announcement: CLICK HERE

 

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17 Oct 2019

What went down at Future Decoded 2019

It’s October 2019 which means its Future Decoded!
Once again, for the 3rd year in a row, Venture 1 attended day 2 of Microsoft UK’s leading European Conference full of exciting breakout sessions, insightful keynote speakers and a fantastically run expo.
Each year, Microsoft likes to keep Future Decoded on a consistent theme that all the breakout sessions are based upon. This year was all about focussing on how gathering data and analysing it properly can lead to real results for your business. This coupled well with the overarching use cases of utilising AI to sort through data and give users real business intelligence.
An highly informative keynote presentation from the British Heart Foundation opened day 2 explaining how collaboration with Microsoft is helping map out where the UK’s public defibrillators can be found. The partnership started after shocking figures revealed public access defibrillators being used in less than 3 per cent of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests, significantly reducing the survival chances of tens of thousands of people every year. A real use case scenario that will for sure make a huge difference.

 

 

Carrying on with the AI theme, Microsoft wanted to demystify AI and make it look a lot less intimidating by diving into the business use case. For example, there was also a talk on AI ethics and what it should do or should not do and how certain countries were prioritising becoming the best country for AI development. Microsoft had set up their very own AI juice bar in which a camera looked at how you react to certain pictures to understand and work out which juice drink you should have. Safe to say we were all given a ‘pick me up’ drink!

 

AI has become the new focus of international competition, with a general shift away from industrial manufacturing commodities to a technology and services driven economy. If “cloud computing” or the “cloud” was the buzzword a few years ago, now it’s AI and it’s here to stay for a long time…

 

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11 Jul 2019

Oracle and Microsoft team up to connect Azure and Oracle Cloud

Microsoft and Oracle recently announced that customers will soon be able to migrate and run workloads across Microsoft Azure and Oracle Cloud thanks to a new cloud partnership between the two companies. Users will also be able to connect Azure services such as AI to Oracle Cloud services. The exciting partnership between Microsoft and Oracle will enable customers to run parts of workloads within Azure and other parts of the same workload within Oracle’s Cloud as part of a “best-of-both-clouds experience”.

Oracle’s executive vice president for Cloud Infrastructure, Don Johnson believes that this partnership will enable businesses to make the most of their cloud investment and reduce Cloud architects time. Mr. Johnson also went on to state that this will only be available to the Azure US East and Oracle Ashburn region first, with additional regions gaining access within the near future.

To read Microsoft full statement: https://news.microsoft.com/2019/06/05/microsoft-and-oracle-to-interconnect-microsoft-azure-and-oracle-cloud/

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20 May 2019

First Glance: AWS vs Azure Networking

Venture 1 Consulting is proud to present First Glance! 

Each week, before a new Tech and Tea with V1C (TATWV1C) episode is released, a teaser insight will be posted in the form of blog post. This will give listeners a First Glance look at what they can expect from the upcoming episode a week before it is released. 

 

In this week’s First Glance, we take a look at one of the IT industries most talked about questions, a heavyweight clash in its own right… AWS vs Azure: Overview and Networking. 

 

Venture 1 Consulting Managing Director, Mark Thurston, once again joins Charlie to discuss the Networking differences of both AWS and Azure. Mark dives deep into the thinking behind the different ways both platforms are set up and the different services each platform has to offer. 

Having worked extensively with both platforms, Mark provides listeners with many interesting insights about how they are setup and how both providers think they know what is best for a Cloud platform and Infrastructure. In this latest episode, at a high level, Mark also talks about the restrictions each platform has, the reasons behind these and how to get around them. 

If nothing else, one key takeaway from the session will certainly be Mark finishing up with his entertaining ‘Cake Shop’ analogy on the differences between each Cloud provider! 

The AWS vs Azure battle will be a consistent theme for several episodes in our first series of TATWV1C, in which we will discuss all the different aspects that make up a public Cloud platform. 

 

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14 Dec 2018

How many users can you effect with an expired software certificate?

Well according to Ericsson, tens of millions…

 

On Thursday last week (December 6th 2018), millions of UK O2 users were unable to text, call or use their 4G connections.
Late that same evening the Swedish technology company Ericsson, which creates most of O2’s back-end network admitted that the service downtime was due to an expired certificate! These certificates manage the way a service is provided to O2 customers and put simply, the software will not work if the certificate isn’t up to date or has expired!

This meant the certificate had to be reissued and updated which is also why users were kept offline for so long, with each Network node having to be updated manually, one by one. Ericsson CEO, Börje Ekholm stated:

 

"The faulty software that has caused these issues is being decommissioned and we apologize not only to our customers but also to their customers. We work hard to ensure that our customers can limit the impact and restore their services as soon as possible."

 

Most O2 customers were off line for almost 24 hours, causing chaos for all O2, Tesco Mobile, GiffGaff, Sky Mobile and Lyca customers, which all use the O2 network. O2 has since apologised and has given all customers credit for two days of their monthly airtime subscription.