Support for Windows Server 2008 R2 and SQL Server R2 will end on the 14th January, 2020 with the first deadline being 9th July, 2019. Microsoft is offering two options for continued infrastructure and application protection, performance and innovation; with Extended Security Updates being made available for three years to organisations requiring additional time to manage the tr ...

As discussed in previous blog posts, Microsoft Azure has become the world’s #1 Cloud Services Platform for corporate customers offering more cloud innovation and driving more business value than the competition. A leader in Gartner’s Cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) Magic Quadrant for the fourth consecutive year, more than 90 percent of Fortune 500 companies now use Mic ...

Previous posts in this series have covered A Quick Overview of Azure, Azure Planning Pays, Agreeing Business Objectives, Azure Option Evaluation. In this post, we examine key considerations in your migration to the cloud. A Staged Approach Given the range of options available, as outlined in our previous post, an incremental, staged approach to cloud migration can be adopted. A ...

Previous articles in this series on Microsoft Azure have covered: Reasons for moving to the cloud in 2018 - a tipping point has been reached. A brief overview of Microsoft Azure - the world’s #1 enterprise cloud solution. An Infographic covering the five key steps in planning for Azure success – ‘Microsoft Azure: Planning Pays’. Agreeing business objectives. In post 5, we con ...

In our previous blog post about Microsoft Azure, we presented a ‘Planning Pays Infographic’ outlining five key steps to Azure success. Step 1 is agreeing overall business objectives and outcomes. Azure Business Objectives At Bridgeall, we like to make a distinction between desired business outcomes (your ultimate objectives) and how Azure helps to deliver these outcomes. The di ...

As more organisations in the UK move from the WHY of the cloud to the HOW, there is a growing need for a more strategic approach to be adopted. Effective use of the cloud can deliver a broad range of business and IT related benefits – lower costs, business transformation, greater efficiency, new working practices, performance, flexibility, security and so on. The key word here ...

Our previous blog post (Year of the Cloud), argued that a tipping point had been reached in enterprise cloud adoption. In this post, we present an overview of Microsoft Azure, the world’s fastest growing cloud platform for corporate and public sector organisations. What is Azure? Launched in February 2010 (as Windows Azure), Microsoft Azure is a cloud computing service for buil ...

Will 2018 be the year of the cloud? The evidence would certainly suggest that a tipping point has been reached. A recent report by Forrester predicted a global public cloud market of $178bn for 2018, up from $146bn in 2017; equivalent to a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 22 per cent. Fifty per cent of global enterprises, according to the report, will rely on at least one ...

An updated second edition of “The Developer’s Guide to Microsoft Azure” has just been released. Available to download as a free ebook, the guide has been prepared to help organisations on their journey to the cloud, whether considering the move or already underway. Written by developers for developers, it provides a detailed overview of what Azure is, what it offers to organisa ...

Microsoft have announced the Public Preview availability of Azure Location Based Services (LBS) – a portfolio of geospatial service APIs natively integrated into Azure. The APIs allow developers to create location aware apps and IoT, mobility, logistics and asset tracking solutions with the current portfolio comprising five main services covering Map Rendering, Routing, Search, ...