cloudvscloud.com.au – comparing Azure, AWS, Rackspace and other cloud providers

cloudvscloud.com.au – comparing Azure, AWS, Rackspace and other cloud providers

Looking for a quick and simple way to compare Virtual Machine instance costs across a number of cloud providers? I was, and like many had resorted to building Excel spreadsheets of the various options. However there isn’t usually a 1:1 relationship between equivalent virtual machine resource options (CPU, RAM, HDD, etc.) across platforms, so it’s(…)

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Announcing Lync Agent Beta Launch

Announcing Lync Agent Beta Launch

  Today I’m excited to announce the launch of the beta version of our new product, Lync Agent, an API-based framework for sending Instant Messages and other rich content from applications and systems, without the need for a Lync Client, or even your own Lync servers. Lync Agent is a hosted Software as A Service (SaaS) technology(…)

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Zork for Lync – Part 1

Zork for Lync – Part 1

  Ok, maybe not only Zork for Lync specifically, but a Z-Machine interpreter for Microsoft’s Lync platform. But first, a little history… Back in the 1970’s, Joel Berez and Mark Blanc created the Z-Machine, the virtual machine used by games company Infocom to deliver its text adventure games, such as Zork, Planetfall and the Hitchhikers(…)

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Hosted Lync vs Office 365 or Lync Online

Hosted Lync vs Office 365 or Lync Online

  It seems that almost every day, somebody asks me which is better – Lync Online / Office 365 or a cloud-based hosted version, such as that offered by telewebica. Obviously Lync Online and Office 365 are cloud-based solutions, but they are built for the masses – primarily the SMB/SME market. They are online, low-cost,(…)

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Monitoring Lync 2013 with MRTG

Monitoring Lync 2013 with MRTG

(also known as Monitoring Lync with Open Source Tools) Microsoft’s Lync Server 2013 includes a number of reporting options, however they are server-focused and don’t lend themselves well to external queries.Many network telecommunications providers and technology organisations use MRTG and RRD to monitor key aspects of their networks, devices and environments. In fact, I use(…)

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Wasteland 2 – inXile Entertainment

Wasteland 2 – inXile Entertainment

Adventure in Post-Nuclear America Just on a week ago, inXile Entertainment released a beta of their upcoming game, Wasteland 2 – the long awaited (25 years!). The original was a post-apocalyptic role-playing video game developed by Interplay, and released in 1988 for the Apple ][, PC and Commodore 64. The game is set in an(…)

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Telecommunications company grows cloud business with Windows

Telecommunications company grows cloud business with Windows

Re-posted from Microsoft Case Studies “By moving to Windows Server we’ve saved around 80% on licensing costs and dramatically reduced provisioning times for new virtual machines.” Matthew Proctor, General Manager Data Centre & Cloud, Primus Telecom Business Needs With the advent of cloud computing, Primus Telecom found itself dramatically transitioning toward cloud technology. “We began(…)

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Book Review – Windows Phone 8 Game Development, by Marcin Jamro

Book Review – Windows Phone 8 Game Development, by Marcin Jamro

In the last two years, I have developed a few applications and one game for Windows Phone 7.5, primarily as a hobby and for my own entertainment. My last application, Bolo8, deploys fine on Windows Phone 8, but I found online and documented resources at the time difficult to navigate, so learning the new platform(…)

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My Kilimanjaro Adventure

My Kilimanjaro Adventure

  Jambo! At around 9am on 28th October 2013, with a team of excited but exhausted adventurers, we successfully reached Uhuru Peak, the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, Africa’s highest point, and the world’s highest free-standing mountain. My journey begin only 8 months earlier, at a resort in Phuket, Thailand.  The opportunity to participate in(…)

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Kilimanjaro – Arrival in Arusha

Kilimanjaro – Arrival in Arusha

After around 20hrs of flying, and half that again in various airports, we finally arrive at our destination – Arusha, Tanzania.  A city of contrasts, stark poverty and lack of basic services combined with what I can easily say are some of the most happy, cheerful and friendly people I’ve met. Of our 19 travelers,(…)

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1 week to go to Kilimanjaro!

1 week to go to Kilimanjaro!

  Today marks just one week until the start of the Telco Together Foundation’s Kilimanjaro Charity Climb – arguably the most challenging activity I have undertaken! Why are we doing this? To raise money for the Telco Together’s important and worthwhile causes. Telco Together has a vision to harness the reach and capability of the(…)

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WPC 2013 Wrap-Up

WPC 2013 Wrap-Up

Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference was held recently in Houston, Texas, drawing a 14,000+ attendee crowd to the Keynote presentations at the Toyota Centre. As a frequent attendee of the annual conference, it’s important to identify your key tracks or area of interests, and focus on those where possible, as the range of sessions and presentations(…)

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