Cloud Blob Storage Race-to-Zero: Azure Reserved Pricing Is Here

If you thought Azure Blob Storage was inexpensive before, how would you like a further 38% discount just to be sure?

In November 2019, Microsoft announced that they would be introducing Reserved Price Discounting for 6 new services, including Blob Storage in GPv2 Accounts:

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/save-more-on-azure-usage-announcing-reservations-for-six-more-services/

The pricing is also now available in the Azure Pricing Calculator:

What does this mean?

You can now reserve capacity in advance, the same way you can reserve VM Instances. The new model allows you to reserve capacity for either 1 or 3 years, with a 38% discount on your current costs for 3 years.

This is great for users who have a predictable consumption need.. such as Backup users 🙂

What to look out for:

1, Ensure that your subscription type is eligible for the pricing. These types are currently covered:

“Enterprise Agreement (offer numbers: MS-AZR-0017P or MS-AZR-0148P): For an Enterprise subscription, the charges are deducted from the […]

Agile: It’s never too late? Or is it? Competing with Old and New.

Disclaimer: I work at Rubrik. Views are my own, etc.

I spent some time this weekend reading trade websites and watching video-streamed events to catch up on the competitive landscape for Rubrik. This is not something to which I pay a huge amount of attention, but it’s always worth understanding the key differences between your company’s and your competitors approaches to the problem you are solving.

What I found was as surprising as it was comforting and certainly solidified my belief that Rubrik is 100% the market leader in the new world of Data Management. This was equally true of new market entrants as it was of old guard vendors.

How Rubrik Does it

We are predominantly lead by a laser-focused vision. We came to market to fix the data protection problem and leverage the resulting platform to deliver a world-class data management solution. This has always been the plan, we stuck […]

Help Me Choose a Charity

Due to the recent demise of my dear old car.. I’ve decided to donate the remnants of it’s existence to charity. I found a really cool way to do this via the www.giveacar.co.uk website. They will pick the car up and then scrap or auction it to generate the largest possible donation. There are over 800 charities registered to choose from and new additional charities can register as needed.

In this instance, I’m pretty open to where the donation goes but would like it to go to one of three areas. Charities that work with vulnerable children, cancer research or human rights organisations. Please help me decide where to donate by voting for one of the following below:

UNICEF: is the world’s leading organisation working for children and their rights, with a presence in more than 190 countries and territories reaching children on a scale like no other. They work […]

Whitepaper: Virtual Backup Strategies: Using Storage Snapshots for Backups

Introduction Effective data protection is a mandatory element in the modern IT environment. Historically, backup strategies were confined to the last few chapters in an administrator’s manual and treated like an afterthought. Now they sit firmly at the forefront of every CIO’s mind. The ability to continue business operations after a system failure and the need to fulfil stringent compliance requirements have made backup a necessity—not only for business continuity, but also for business survival. The question organizations need to ask about data protection is not whether to backup their data, but how to backup their data.

IT systems are prone to rapid evolution and present a constantly shifting landscape and the techniques used to protect those systems need to evolve as well. Perhaps one of the most significant changes in recent years has been the advent of virtualization. In the virtual world, legacy backup systems have become unfit for their […]

Webinar: Storage Assisted Backups: Best practices for VMs

Veeam Webinar 4th July 2013: Storage Assisted Backups: Best practices for VMs

Associated Whitepaper to be published in near future.

Webinar: Disaster Recovery for Virtual Environments, One Simple Solution for Five Common SAN Replication Challenges

This is a replay of webinar, I ran last year.. the associated Whitepaper is linked below:

Whitepaper Available here: http://wp.me/p2ZZG3-fG

A new sister webinar/whitepaper focusing on using SAN snapshots in a holistic data protection strategy to be posted shortly.

Closing Our Doors

Hi All,

I think we are just about done. The residential application is progressing and all ideas of previous incinerator plans have been dropped.

There is still one more matter to deal with.. we still have ÂŁ1900 in the Campaign Fund. When we defined our constitution as a group back in 2010, we stated that on closure, any remaining funds be donated to a local community group or charity. This is the first time I have been heavily involved in community activity and I’ve been very happy with the outcome. I am however very aware that there is a group of people who contribute in equal measure, but do this on a weekly basis and have done for many, many years. Where I will now go back to working on career and family, I feel comfortable in the knowledge that this group will continue to develop, protect and […]

What’s been happening?

It’s been some time since the last update on this website and on the campaign as a whole. Today we have news, but I’ll explain what’s been happening with the overall direction of the Green Lane site.

A short time after the Incinerator appeal was dismissed at the inquiry, Sky Properties decided to challenge the decision in the High Court. At that point, the situation became very much about Sky challenging both the Planning Inspectorate and in turn Salford City Council over the legality of the decision made at the inquiry. . this campaign group became an interested 3rd party without direct involvement in any court future proceedings.

In parallel, the other stakeholders in the Green Lane site (not Mr. Hirsch) have been assessing and discussing the possibility of submitting an application for residential dwellings on the site. Many of you will have received a letter from the consultation company […]

Whitepaper: Disaster Recovery for Virtual Environments, One Simple Solution for Five Common SAN Replication Challenges

Introduction It would be no overstatement of fact to say that in the last five years virtualization has radically changed the landscape of IT infrastructure for the better. Workloads encapsulated into standardized virtual machines have significantly increased our ability to optimize and use physical resources in a way that saves much time and money. In addition to these economic benefits, new avenues have opened up to tackle data protection and disaster recovery, allowing us to increase service uptime while also reducing business risk. This white paper focuses on some of the common challenges experienced while implementing and using SAN-based replication for disaster recovery and it examines an alternative approach to disaster recovery to help resolve these issues.

Background Pre-virtualization disaster recovery plans were underpinned by application-level features hooking directly into specific hardware to achieve the required business recovery goals. To ensure that disaster recovery could be achieved, network infrastructure, hardware, software […]

Celebration Time!!

You are cordially invited to share in our victory celebration. As this chapter in Monton history comes to a close we be sending it off with a bang!!