Author: Michael Otey

Michael Otey is president of TECA, a technical content production, consulting and software development company in Portland,

Microsoft Defender for Cloud Supports AWS

by Michael Otey

At this past virtual Ignite 2021 conference, Microsoft announced that their Microsoft Defender for Cloud service will provide native support for AWS. Multi-cloud protection has become a priority for most businesses. Flexera’s 2021 State of the Cloud report showed that 92% of organizations now have a multi-cloud strategy. Microsoft Defender for Cloud was previously called… Read More

Microsoft 365 Built-in Data Protection

by Michael Otey

Microsoft 365 is the most widely used cloud application for business and it has several different technologies that are designed to protect your data. Let’s take a closer look at Microsoft 365’s built-in data protection technologies and see what steps you might need to take for your own complete data protection needs. OneDrive Recycle Bin… Read More

Ransomware Risks for Microsoft 365

by Michael Otey

With the rise in remote workers the risk of ransomware is higher than it has ever been before. By now most people know that ransomware is a type of malware extortion scheme that typically encrypts files and folders preventing access to critical data or sometimes it can also be used to steal sensitive data. After… Read More

AWS Panorama Provides Computer Vision

by Michael Otey

This past October 20th, 2021 Amazon announced the general availability of their new AWS Panorama appliance. Adding to their ever increasing number of on-premises solutions, AWS Panorama shows exactly how seriously AWS takes the hybrid cloud market. What is AWS Panorama? The AWS Panorama appliance is a computer vision (CV) appliance that uses Machine Learning (ML) to… Read More

How to Avoid Disaster Recovery Failures

by Michael Otey

Experiencing a disaster is one of the worst possible events for both businesses and their IT departments. However, there is one worse event – failure to recover from the disaster.  While every IT department should have a disaster recovery (DR) plan, that doesn’t mean every DR plan will work. In the best case, a failure… Read More

AWS Adds Support for NetApp ONTAP

by Michael Otey

One of the major announcements from this past AWS Storage Day 2021, September 2nd 2021, was Amazon FSx for NetApp ONTAP. Amazon FSx for NetApp ONTAP is a fully managed storage service that enables businesses to run NetApp ONTAP file systems in the AWS cloud. ONTAP from NetApp  is an enterprise data management solution designed to provide… Read More

Amazon Retires EC2-Classic

by Michael Otey

It seems hard to believe but Amazon’s EC2 was first launched back in 2006. It was Amazon’s third major cloud service behind their Simple Storage Service (S3) and Simple Queue Service (SQS).  I think it’s fair to say that Amazon EC2 was the driving force behind many businesses’ initial move toward Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS). This July… Read More

Using DR to Protect Against Ransomware

by Michael Otey

While 2020 will surely be remembered as the year of the pandemic, it’s quite possible that 2021 will be remembered as the year of ransomware too. Ransomware attacks seem to be running amok through 2021 and almost daily occurrences have been reported. Ransomware is a type of malware that blocks access to a company’s files… Read More

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