New MVA Course: Azure Pack – Database as a Service (DBaaS)

Are you an IT professional providing infrastructure and IT resources for developers, application owners and database administrators? Are you tired of receiving emails, calls, texts, WhatsApp’s or even Snapchat’s, asking you for a new database, which you have to then create manually? If you answered yes to either of those, then a new, free Microsoft Virtual Academy course could be right up your street.

For those not familiar, DBaaS, or Database as a Service to give its full name, is a mechanism through which IT can provide key stakeholders with access to backend database technologies, such as SQL Server, through self-service, requiring no further interaction by, or with IT. For some enterprises and service providers, responding to requests for IT stuff like databases, consumes a lot of time, thus automating these processes, and providing access via self-service really can be a game changer. Not only can it save time, but it can significantly increase consistency, aid with standardization and provide increased confidence in the IT services you provide.  Just sayin’.

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New MVA Course – Operational Insights within the Operations Management Suite

A few short days ago, at the first annual mega-conference that is Microsoft Ignite, there were a number of high-profile announcements. One of the announcements that took many people by surprise was around MOMS. Now, I don’t mean your Mom, my Mom (well, Mum where I’m from) or anyone else’s Mom – I mean the Microsoft Operations Management Suite. For those of you who haven’t kept up on the news, MOMS is a combination of technologies that enables you to gain greater levels of insight and control of your IT environment, whether it exists on-premises, in the cloud, or across both. This also applies across Windows Server, Linux, VMware, OpenStack, and across Azure and AWS. Pretty flexible, I’d say.

But, what does it do?

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