Watch MVP Webinar

Watch MVP Webinar

On Wednesday, July 25, 2018, Microsoft MVP and ClearPointe’s Senior Director of Technology John Joyner, held a webinar to discuss the most current topics surrounding cloud and datacenter management. John was recently awarded his eleventh MVP designation in recognition for his outstanding contributions in cloud and datacenter management. You can read more here or watch the webinar below.

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Client Takes All to Azure

Client Takes All to Azure

A client was severing ties with their parent company and wanted to use the transition as an opportunity to evacuate on-premises data centers and move to a hybrid cloud model. After full discovery and a thorough assessment of the client’s business goals, ClearPointe designed a plan to move all infrastructure to Office 365 and Azure except for a small footprint of hyper-converged host clusters the would serve for office automation functions. The strategy gave the client their desired level of independency as well as agility and scalability for their future plans.

MIGRATION STRATEGY
1. Migrate 60 business servers to Azure utilizing IaaS […]

Azure Log Analytics Webinar

Azure Log Analytics Webinar

ClearPointe is hosting a webinar on Monday, April 2, 2018 at noon (CST) with Microsoft MVP and ClearPointe’s Senior Director of Technology John Joyner. A live demo of Azure Log Analytics will be presented, and we will highlight the newest OMS update management service.  Click here for webinar info and to add to your calendar.

During the webinar John will take a closer look at:

OMS architecture (Windows, Linux direct agent; SCOM)
What data can you connect to ALA (Windows events, Syslog messages, Performance data)
How to interact with ALA:

ALA Query Language in the Azure portal
OMS Alerts and Dashboards
Mobile client
External system interaction such as […]

Azure Log Analytics: The Best ‘Syslog’ Destination

Azure Log Analytics: The Best ‘Syslog’ Destination

A common business requirement of many enterprises is the forwarding, collection, and analysis of syslog messages. In practical terms, this means central event log storage and processing for most all network gear except Microsoft Windows Server and applications which have the Event Log service.

Using a syslog server as a collection point for logging activities allows all network logs to be stored in one place so they can be searched easily. A syslog collection facility is a must for network security because without a syslog server, logs remain on scattered devices and can never be reviewed or archived.

All Linux and UNIX […]

An Overview of Azure Site Recovery

An Overview of Azure Site Recovery

Azure Site Recovery Overview

Microsoft introduced Azure Site Recovery (ASR) in 2014.  This Disaster-Recovery-as-a-Service offering allows on-premises workloads to be replicated into Azure, or another datacenter, to allow for rapid failover in the event of a major outage.  At the time the service was narrowly focused on only those environments running Hyper-V and System Center Virtual Machine Manager.  Since then the service has expanded to cover not only VMware environments, but has Azure region-to-region support in Preview.  It has become the de facto method for migrating live workloads to Azure with minimal disruption.  We’re going to review how to plan an […]

Cloud Servers 40% Cheaper with HUB

Cloud Servers 40% Cheaper with HUB

Cloud servers 40% cheaper with Microsoft Hybrid Use Benefit (HUB)

What organization doesn’t want to save 40% on computing infrastructure costs? If you are a “Windows shop” that is on or starting a cloud journey, you need to know about Microsoft’s Hybrid Use Benefit (HUB) for Windows servers in Azure…or you will pay too much! A “Windows shop” in this case specifically means your organization has previously purchased Windows server licenses with the “Software Assurance” (SA) benefit. HUB lets you convert or reuse Windows Server Datacenter and Standard edition licenses covered with SA.

When you deploy server images in Azure running the […]

ClearPointe Named as One of Microsoft’s Top U.S. Partners

ClearPointe Named as One of Microsoft’s Top U.S. Partners

CLEARPOINTE NAMED AS ONE OF MICROSOFT’S TOP U.S. PARTNERS

LITTLE ROCK, AR — ClearPointe was named by Redmond Channel Partner magazine to the RCP 200, a list of the top 200 Microsoft partners in the United States. The prestigious list began in 2016 and ClearPointe has been listed both years.

“The great Microsoft partners combine strong technical expertise with a sophisticated understanding of their customers’ business requirements to deliver great solutions. The companies that made our 2nd annual RCP 200 list demonstrated those qualities,” said Scott Bekker, Editor-in-Chief of Redmond Channel Partner magazine, the leading channel publication for the Microsoft partner community.

With […]