Alex Entrekin

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SharePoint's Hybrid Future

Posted by Alex Entrekin on Feb 2, 2015 10:52:00 AM

Today on the Office Blog, Julia White wrote that SharePoint 2016 on-premise is scheduled for a summer 2015 reveal date. For Microsoft observers and partners, this is an important affirmation, but hardly surprising news.

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Topics: Dev / Test, SharePoint, CloudShare

ESXi Test Environments On-Demand!

Posted by Alex Entrekin on Jan 13, 2015 7:35:07 AM

For mature IT set-ups, virtualization is a must, if just for app consolidation and management.

But testing, changing and sharing a virtualized environment is rarely done, since it’s considered dreadfully complex: see this expert's 68 page guide for a “nearly automated” test lab build process. It doesn’t have to be this way. CloudShare lets you test, version and save or destroy copies of your entire system. An on-demand ESXi environment is one great example.

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Topics: CloudShare

Azure is Wal-Mart and that’s OK

Posted by Alex Entrekin on Jan 10, 2015 10:23:39 AM

It was big, bad news for many when Azure went down for 11 hours in November. And it was good news for the IT industry, and cloud consumers, when they published a teardown of the incident.

Azure is changing the discussion this week, from availability to features: Security, the “G” Series VMs, and initial support for Docker. It’s the right PR move, and it’s honest.

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Topics: CloudShare

New Year, New Projects, No New Resources? Just Add Time

Posted by Alex Entrekin on Jan 6, 2015 2:00:09 PM

Happy New Year! And happy week of realizing resolutions, pitching new ideas, restarting projects, and revisiting old opportunities. Let’s hope everything goes to plan!

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Topics: CloudShare

Automate your Failure Process

Posted by Alex Entrekin on Dec 19, 2014 12:15:45 PM

“The end result is a … new system that, if actually deployed, will leave our country more vulnerable than the existing yet flawed system in operation today”

Dept. Homeland Security, August 2008
Project name: Railhead

Most IT projects don’t assume the terrifying scope or budget of “Railhead.” And not all failures are as catastrophic, but the failure rate for everyday software and IT projects is shockingly high.


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Topics: CloudShare

What Happens when the Internet has more than Doubled?

Posted by Alex Entrekin on Dec 17, 2014 12:12:26 PM

Cloud service providers are notoriously cautious when discussing outages, service levels, and SLAs. While many trumpet “strength” the perceived risk remains. And it is only reinforced by the massive scale and duration of recent service outages.

CloudShare has a status page – check it out here – and we think this is a very good start. It’s a simple pane to view the metrics we find critical to service uptime. We believe in simplicity and transparency, and it is our goal to communicate what we can, when we can.

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Topics: CloudShare

Template Updates -- Visual Studio 2015 & More!

Posted by Alex Entrekin on Dec 12, 2014 9:37:53 AM

CloudShare templates are one of the easiest way to start a project – grab a pre-configured machine or an entire multi-machine environment, and skip straight to the customization. The CloudShare template team builds and updates these constantly, and we are glad to work with the community to accept and promote helpful templates.

This week, we are glad to share both. Asif Rehmani, Microsoft MVP and SharePoint expert, added an “In-Context Sharepoint Training Environment”. The indefatigable Juan Carlos added two Visual Studio 2013 and 2015 templates, and our team added some updates of their own. Check it out!

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Topics: Training, Dev / Test, SharePoint, Demos & POCs, CloudShare

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