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My Early Experience With Azure Backup Server

Posted on February 25, 2016 by AFinn in Azure // 33 Comments

In this post I want to share with you my early experience with using Microsoft Azure Backup Server (MABS) in production. I rolled it out a few weeks ago, and it’s been backing up our new Hyper-V cluster for 8 days. Lots of people are curious, so I figured I’d share information about the quality of the experience, and the amount of storage that is being used in the Azure backup vault.

What is Azure Backup Server?

Microsoft released the free (did I say free?) Microsoft Azure Backup Server last year to zero acclaim. The reason why is for another day, but the real story here is that MABS is:

  • The latest version of DPM that does not require any licensing to be purchased.
  • With the only differences being that it doesn’t do tape drives and it requires an Azure backup vault.
  • It is designed for disk-disk-cloud backup.
  • It supports Hyper-V, servers and PCs, SQL Server, SharePoint, and Exchange.
  • It is free no; you don’t have to give yellow-box-backup vendors from the 1990s any more money for their software that was always out of date, or those blue-box companies where the job engine rarely worked once you left the building.

The key here is disk-disk-cloud. You install MABS on an on-premises machine instead of the usual server backup product. It can be a VM or a physical machine, running Windows Server (Ideally WS2012 or later to get the bandwidth management stuff).

MABS uses agents to backup your workloads to the MABS server. The backup data is kept for a short time (5 days by default) locally on disk. That disk that is used for backup must be 1.5 x the size of the data being protected … don’t be scared because RAID5 SATA or Storage Spaces parity is cheap. The disk system must appear in Disk Management on the MABS machine.

As I said, backup data is kept for a short while locally on premises. The protection policy is configured to forward data to Azure for long-term protection. By default it’ll keep 180 daily backups, a bunch of weeklies and monthlies, and 10 yearly backups that’s all easily customized.

All management (right now) is done on the MABS server. So you do have centralized management and reporting, and you can configure an SMTP server for email alerts.

And did I mention that MABS is free? All you’re paying for here is for Azure Backup:

Please note that you do not need to buy OMS or System Center to use Azure Backup (in any of it’s forms), as some wing of Microsoft marketing is trying to incorrectly state.

The Installation

Microsoft has documented the entire setup of MABS. It’s not in depth, but it’s enough to get going. The setup is easy:

  • Create a backup vault in Azure
  • Download the backup vault credentials
  • Download MABS
  • Install MABS and supply the backup vault credentials

The setup is super easy. It’s easy to configure the local backup storage and re-configure the Azure connection. And agents are easy to deploy. There’s not much more that I can say to be honest.

Create your protection groups:

  • What you want to backup
  • When you want recovery points created
  • How long to keep stuff on-premises
  • What to send to Azure
  • How long to keep stuff in Azure
  • How to do that first backup to Azure (network or disk/courier)

My Experience

Other than one silly human error on my part on day 1, the setup of the machine was error-free. At work, we currently have 8 VMs on the new Hyper-V cluster (including 2 DCs) more will be added.

All 8 VMs are backed up to the local disk. We create recovery points at 13:00 and 18:30, and retain 7 days of local backup. This means that I can quickly restore a lost VM across the LAN from either 13:00 or 18:30 over a span of 7 days.

The protection group forwards backup of 6 of the VMs to Azure I excluded the DCs because we have 2 DCs running permanently in Azure via a site-site VPN (for Azure AD Connect and for future DR rollout plans).

Other than that day 1 error, everything has been easy there’s that word again. Admittedly, we have way more bandwidth than most SMEs because we’re in the same general area as the Azure North Europe region, SunGard, and the new Google data centre.

Disk Utilization

The 8 VMs that are being protected by MABS are made up of 839 GB of VHDX files. We have 7 days of short term (local disk) retention and we’ve had 8 days of protection. Our MABS server is using 1,492.42 GB of storage. Yes, that is more than 1.5x but that is because we modified the default short-term retention policy (from 5 to 7 days) and we are creating 2 recovery points per day instead of the default of 1.

We use long-term retention (Azure backup vault) for 6 of those VMs. Those VMs are made up of 716.5 GB of VHDX files. Our Azure backup vault (GRS) currently is sitting at 344.81 GB after 8 days of retention. It’s growing at around 8 GB per day. I estimate that we’ll have 521 GB of used storage in Azure after 30 days.

How Much Is This Costing?

I can push the sales marketing line by saying MABS is free (I did say this already?). But obviously I’m doing disk-disk-cloud backup and there’s a cost to the cloud element.

I’ve averaged out the instance sizes and here are the instance charges per month:

GRS Block Block costs $0.048 per GB per month for the first terabyte. We will have an estimate 521 GB at the end of the month so that will cost us (worst case, because you’re billed on a daily basis and we only have 344 GB today) $25.

So this month, our backup software. which includes both traditional disk-disk on-premises backup and online backup for long-term retention, will cost us $25 + $60, for a relatively small $85.

The math is easy, just like setting up and using MABS.

What About Other Backup Products?

There are some awesome backup solutions out there I am talking about born-in-virtualization products and not the ones designed for tape backup 20 years ago that some of you buy because that s what you ve always bought. Some of the great products even advertise on this site They have their own approaches and unique selling points, which I have to applaud, and I encourage you to give their sites a visit and test their free trials. So you have choices and that is a very good thing.

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Cloud storage met wereldwijde toegang, altijd en overal toegang tot je bestanden

Zou het niet handig zijn als je vanaf iedere computer toegang zou hebben tot je privé-bestanden? Of je nu vrienden je vakantiefoto’s wilt laten zien, je nieuwe favoriete song wilt delen, of aan een belangrijke presentatie moet werken – met HiDrive kan dat!

Per direct heb je altijd en overal toegang tot je bestanden, ook op je smartphone of tablet. Onderweg op je laptop of telefoon, te gast bij vrienden, in een internetcafé, op het werk en natuurlijk thuis – je bestanden zijn altijd bereikbaar. Op Windows, Mac en Linux kun je HiDrive als volwaardige netwerkschijf gebruiken. Zo kunnen ook films en muziek direct afgespeeld worden, zonder ze eerst volledig te moeten downloaden.

HiDrive Sync – Synchroniseren zoals jij het wilt

Geen internetverbinding? Geen probleem! Je kunt alle gegevens die je op HiDrive opslaat automatisch synchroniseren met je laptop of desktop. Zo kun je altijd en overal bij de juiste versie van je bestanden. Je kunt zelf uitkiezen welke mappen je wel en niet wilt synchroniseren.

Uitgebreide toegangsmogelijkheden (SMB, FTP, rsync en meer)

HiDrive is via een veelvoud aan toegangsmogelijkheden te gebruiken. Naast de apps voor mobiele toestellen en toegang via de browser, ondersteunen we de volgende protocollen: WebDAV, SMB, VPN, FTP, rsync en SSH.

Naast de webapplicatie en mobiele apps biedt HiDrive ondersteuning voor de volgende toegangsprotocollen:

  • SMB/CIFS: verbinden als netwerkschijf, ook beveiligd mogelijk via VPN
  • WebDAV (ook versleuteld): overal toegang via telefoon of tablet
  • rsync (ook versleuteld): uitgebreide synchronisatiemogelijkheden, bijvoorbeeld voor je NAS
  • FTP/FTPS: voor de snelle overdracht van grote hoeveelheden gegevens
  • API: met de REST-conforme API zijn geavanceerde toepassingen mogelijk

Als admingebruiker is het bovendien mogelijk het dataverkeer voor alle gebruikers verplicht via versleutelde verbindingen te laten verlopen.

Centraal git-versiebeheer

Leg gemakkelijk git-repositories aan op HiDrive. Zo staat je versiebeheersysteem veilig op een centrale plek. Het aantal privé-repositories is onbeperkt, de enige limiet is de hoeveelheid opslagruimte van je HiDrive account.

Door een hoge mate van snelheid en beveiliging tegen datacorruptie is git perfect voor het beheer van kleine en grote projecten, zoals bijvoorbeeld broncode voor websites of andere softwareprojecten. Je kunt Git gebruiken in ieder HiDrive pakket, als je het pakket met verbindingsprotocollen erbij bestelt hebt.

HiDrive API nu beschikbaar voor alle HiDrive pakketten

Met de HiDrive API kan je gemakkelijk HiDrive in je eigen applicaties integreren. De API stelt methodes beschikbaar voor lees- en schrijftoegang voor bestanden op HiDrive. Daarnaast zijn ook alle functies van HiDrive via de API toegankelijk, zo is het bijvoorbeeld mogelijk om gegenereerde thumbnails van afbeeldingen op te roepen of vrijgaven voor bestanden en mappen in te stellen. De HiDrive API wordt actief doorontwikkeld om nieuwe methodes en features toe te voegen.

Zo gemakkelijk is HiDrive

Om meer te weten te komen over de belangrijkste functies van HiDrive cloud storage kun je de volgende video’s bekijken. Als je na het kijken nog specifieke vragen hebt over HiDrive kun je natuurlijk altijd contact met onze klantenservice opnemen.

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Bij ons kan je er zeker van zijn dat je gegevens niet op een willekeurige server ergens ter wereld opgeslagen worden. Al je gegevens worden uitsluitend in onze eigen datacenters in Duitsland opgeslagen en worden beschermd door de strenge Duitse privacywetgeving, één van de strengste ter wereld.

STRATO datacenters behoren tot de krachtigste en veiligste locaties voor jouw gegevens. Onder meer door onze intensieve samenwerking met wereldwijde marktleiders op het gebied van veiligheidssystemen.

STRATO datacenters – optimaal beveiligd

De internationale keuringsinstantie TÜV-SÜD is ook overtuigd van de veiligheid van onze datacenters. Al sinds 2004 zijn we ISO 27001 gecertificeerd (voormalig ISO 7799) voor de uitstekende beschikbaarheid en veiligheid van alle diensten in onze datacenters. Daarnaast omvat de certificering talrijke veiligheidsmaatregelen in onze IT-infrastructuur en de processen van onze onderneming. Sinds 2004 is STRATO jaarlijks opnieuw ISO 27001 gecertificeerd.

ISO 27001 gecertificeerde gegevensveiligheid

Bij STRATO staan jouw gegevens veilig opgeslagen. Onze datacenters worden jaarlijks ISO 27001 gecertificeerd en staan in Duitsland, hierdoor is de strenge Duitse privacywetgeving van toepassing op alle data die bij ons staat opgeslagen.

Meer informatie over veiligheid bij STRATO

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Red je belangrijke bestanden en foto’s voor het te laat is. Steeds vaker spreekt men over het opslaan van gegevens ‘in the cloud’. Maar wat wordt daarmee bedoelt? Achter deze term gaan grote datacenters schuil waar jouw bestanden zoals foto’s, video’s en muziek worden opgeslagen. Je kunt op deze manier heel eenvoudig bij je gegevens komen, vanaf ieder apparaat met een internetaansluiting. Cloud storage is jouw eigen harde schijf op het internet. Gebruik je internetverbinding thuis, op het werk, op vakantie of onderweg om je gegevens op jouw online harde schijf HiDrive veilig te stellen. Deel snel en eenoudig je bestanden met vrienden en familie via een sharelink – ook mobiel met de HiDrive app. Je kunt ook foto’s direct van je smartphone naar je HiDrive uploaden om deze later op ieder moment te kunnen bekijken. Gegevens opslaan in de cloud is een belangrijke trend. HiDrive maakt ook nieuwe applicaties mogelijk waarmee bijvoorbeeld groepen samen aan een tekst kunnen werken of een bestandsmap kunnen beheren.

Ten eerste kun jezelf afvragen hoeveel opslagruimte je nodig hebt. Om jouw keuze makkelijker te maken, geven we je graag een overzicht van de verschillende HiDrive pakketten. STRATO HiDrive bestaat er in verschillende groottes, maar altijd zonder datalimiet of maximale bestandsgrootte. De kleinere pakketten bieden tot 250 GB opslagruimte en zijn perfect als instappakket. Heb je veel gegevens? Dan raden we je één van de grotere pakketten vanaf 1000 GB aan. Heb je meer dan één gebruikersaccount nodig? Dan kun je eenvoudig vijf extra accounts activeren tegen een voordelige prijs. Op die manier kun je familieleden, vrienden of zakenrelaties toegang geven tot hun eigen, voor niemand anders toegankelijke, gedeelte op jouw HiDrive.

Waar je je ook bevindt, je kunt wereldwijd toegang krijgen tot jouw foto’s, video’s, documenten en andere bestanden. STRATO HiDrive ondersteunt alle gangbare systemen (Windows, Mac, Linux; PC’s, laptops, tablets en smartphones). Toegang is vanaf ieder apparaat met internetverbinding mogelijk. Voor iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch, Android, Windows Phone 7 en overige Windows apparaten is een app beschikbaar. Je kunt bovendien je online harde schijf met een netwerk harde schijf (NAS) verbinden en via back-up software je data synchroniseren. HiDrive biedt tal aan technische toegangswegen, bijvoorbeeld via het bestandsbeheer op internet of mobiel via WebDAV. Voor professionele oplossingen zijn de verbindingsprotocollen SMB, VPN, FTP, rsync en ssh beschikbaar. Deze optionele protocollen kun je op ieder moment voordelig nabestellen en vervolgens via je accountbeheer snel en eenvoudig activeren.

Je gegevens worden in onze TÜV-gecertificeerde datacenters in Duitsland opgeslagen en zijn daarmee door de strenge Duitse privacywetten beschermd. Wij blijven investeren om je een maximale beschikbaarheid en performance te kunnen bieden. De onfhankelijke keuringsinstantie TÜV is van de kwaliteit en veiligheid van onze datacenters overtuigd. Al sinds 2005 is STRATO BS-7799-TÜV gecertificeerd, voor excellente IT-veiligheid, gegevensbescherming, privacybeleid en beschikbaarheid van onze diensten. Normaalgesproken worden enkel banken, verzekeringen en andere bedrijven die zich met zeer vertrouwelijke gegevens omgaan, volgens deze norm gecertificeerd. In de STRATO datacenters zijn je gegevens veilig. Wanneer thuis je computer kapot gaat, gaan je bestanden wellicht voor altijd verloren. Wanneer je een keuze maakt voor online opslag, kies dan voor een grote bekende aanbieder als STRATO, gevestigd in Duitsland.

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CBR lists the best cloud storage service applications.

Cloud storage is a data storage model whereby the digital data is stored in logical pools, the physical storage spreads across multiple servers, and the physical environment is typically owned and managed by a hosting company.

Therefore in basic format, cloud storage is data stored online in the cloud. Online cloud storage is one that has become increasingly useful for individuals and businesses as it is deemed to be more secure.

There is a wide range of Cloud storage service applications, but from these CBR lists the five best cloud storage services.


File hosting service, Dropbox not only offers cloud storage but also file synchronisation, personal cloud and client software.

Dropbox is the only cloud services company to offer clients for Linux, Blackberry, Windows, Mac OS X, Android and IOS.

Dropbox offers a free business model, providing users with a free account with a set storage size with paid subscriptions also available. These offer larger capacity and other additional features. Users of Dropbox are given 2GB of free storage space.

The service is compatible with a wide range of applications, such as iOS-specific features which enables the ability to share files in iMessage and also use Dropbox to watch videos while using another app on an Apple device.

For an upgrade from the basic account, users will only need to pay £7.99 per month for 1TB storage space.

Read more: Dropbox delivers open source automated cyber security with new chatbot

Microsoft OneDrive

Built onto the new Windows 10, Microsoft’s OneDrive is the best option for Windows users. It is also compatible across a range of devices such as PC, Mac, Android and iOS.

As it is pre-installed on Windows 10, users’ documents and photos will be saved onto OneDrive automatically.

OneDrive is suitable for both personal and business use as it can be paired with Microsoft’s Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote from desktop, mobile device and online.

Its basic account offers 5GB free storage and for an additional £1.99 per month users are given an additional 50GB.

Google Drive

File storage and synchronisation service Google Drive was launched by Google in 2012. The service enables users to store files in the cloud, synchronise and also share files across devices.

Google Drive offers apps with offline capabilities for Windows and macOS computers, as well as Android and IOS smartphones and tablets.

Different to other cloud storage services, Google Drive provides 15GB of free storage space when a Google account is created or linked to an already existing one. Another benefit is for users who use Gmail, Google calendar or YouTube these users are automatically provided with a Google Drive account. The storage space is also shared across these services.

For larger storage sizes of up to 30TB, Google Drive offers additional paid plans for a selection of bigger storage capacities.


Secure file sharing and storage service, Box, was launched in 2005 and although it is mainly used for business services, it also provides personal storage options.

Its free package offers 10GB of free storage space, however, in order for users to use all the free space, Box limits file storage to 250MB for the free account.

Files can be shared easily from the cloud with a simple provided link that can be delivered via email or straight from the Box service.

For larger storage space, Box offers its Personal Pro plan which provides 100GB of storage and a file size limit of 5GB at £7 a month.

Again, Box is also available in mobile apps across iOS, Android, Windows and Blackberry and its web portal service enables users to create new documents in Microsoft Office, Google Docs or other web-based formats.


Apple’s cloud storage and cloud computing service, iCloud which was launched in 2011 and was initially only available for Apple devices. In 2014, however, the iCloud drive was changed, allowing users to store all files even if they were not created using an Apple application.

The service gives the option to automatically back up iOS devices directly to iCloud for automatic storage, reducing the need to backup manually on a Mac or Windows computer using Apple’s iTunes.

Although files can be shared across other devices, there is no iCloud app on devices other than Apple, which only makes it particularly useful for owners of Apple devices.

iCloud offers 5GB of free storage and for an increase of up to 1TB, users will need to pay £6.99 per month. The next option following the free plan is of 50GB at 79p a month.

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Build your own personal cloud server

We show you how to save money by building your own personal cloud server using an old PC and the free Tonido program

Turn an old PC into private online storage

By Roland Waddilove | 31 Aug 2012

We are constantly being invited to use cloud services such as Dropbox, Mozy and SugarSync to store our documents, music, photos and more. It’s the future, we’re told.

The obvious benefits of storing files online is that it releases space on our PCs, smartphones and tablets. and files can be accessed from any device with an internet connection. Another advantage of cloud storage is that the responsibility of looking after your files (including backing them up) and maintaining the hardware is someone else s.

There are privacy and security concerns, though, and you might well wonder whether someone could access your files. Services also have worrying phrases in their terms and conditions, such as “You hereby grant Mozy a worldwide, royalty-free, non-exclusive licence to use any such content.”

Also, for anything more than a few gigabytes, which tend to be offered free to get you to try a service, you must pay for online storage with recurring monthly fees.

An option you may not have considered is to run your own cloud service. It’s easier than you might think: all you need is a PC, internet access and some free software. A dedicated PC is best, but the desktop PC you use for everything is also fine. Just leave it running when you go out. Fibre optic internet, such as BT Infinity or Virgin Media, is best but any broadband will work.

An advantage of turning your PC into a cloud server is that storage is limited only by the size of its hard disk and not the size of your bank balance. You can store any type and any size of files, there are no monthly fees, and it is private.

Only you have access to your cloud server, but it’s also possible to grant permission to others, such as family or friends. Imagine being at work and you want to listen to music. With just a web browser you can log on to your home PC cloud server and access your whole music library. If you are out and need a file from home or work, you can access it with a laptop, tablet or smartphone.

There are some disadvantages, too. Your computer is running when you are out, using electricity. Plus, you’re responsible for maintaining the hardware, making backups, and that Windows is running smoothly.

Also, bear in mind that broadband upload speeds are slower than download speeds. This means it can be very slow to download big files from your cloud PC, but fast to upload them, which is opposite to normal internet usage.

There are several programs which you can use such as ownCloud ( and Oxygen (, but here we ll show you how to set up the free Tonido (

How to make a personal cloud server with Tonido

1. Browse to and click the Downloads link. The software you need to turn a PC into a cloud server is Tonido Desktop Software for Windows. There are two versions and if you choose the portable edition it doesn t need installing.

2. Open the zip file and drag the Tonido folder out and drop it on the desktop. When you want to start Tonido, just double click tonido.exe. The first time, a Windows Firewall alert appears. Click Allow access.

3. Another housekeeping task is to sign up for a free Tonido account. Enter the account name you want to use and a password. Your account name becomes part of the URL used to access your cloud server.

4. After clicking through welcome messages you ll see this screen indicating that Tonido is active. It runs in the background and the browser can be closed and you can use the PC for other purposes, just don t shut it down.

5. Make your PC energy efficient by opening Power Options in the Control Panel. Select High performance and click Change plan settings, Change advanced power settings. Set the display and disk to sleep when the PC is idle.

6. You can log in to your computer, which is now acting as a cloud server, from any computer or device with a web browser. Here we re using a laptop in Starbucks. Just enter your personal URL,

7. The same screen as in step 4 is displayed and you have full access to the PC s internal disk drive and any other drives that are attached. There s an Upload button, and the Actions column enables you to download files as well.

8. Navigate to the Pictures folder on the disk and select the Gallery tab at the top. The images are shown as thumbnails. Click a photo to view a larger version or click the slideshow button and sit back and watch.

9. Use the panel on the left to find the Music folder on the PC and select a folder containing music, such as MP3 files. Switch to the Music tab at the top and music controls are displayed. Pick a track and play it.

Next page: using Tonido with mobile devices

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Meet Alfresco. our easy-to-use interface that allows you to upload documents from almost anywhere in the world*—any type of file, any size, and from any device. No more tracking down your financial records for your CPA and losing precious time in the process. Alfresco is “convenient access” redefined for your business and your life.

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  • Constant Connection: You have access to a team of advisors who collaborate in real time to address your needs
  • Convenient Data Storage: We back your documents up for extra security so that workflow stays fluid even when you have to search for critical documents
  • Secure Interactions: Cloud-based accounting is proven safe for sharing sensitive information


  • Constant Connection: You have access to a team of advisors who collaborate in real time to address your needs
  • Convenient Data Storage: We back your documents up for extra security so that workflow stays fluid even when you have to search for critical documents
  • Secure Interactions: Cloud-based accounting is proven safe for sharing sensitive information

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Given the rapid expansion of the market for computing and mobile devices, the increase of businesses relying on ever-larger volumes of data, and the idea of outsourcing your storage, processing, and hosting functions to third-party companies has developed into what we call today: the cloud.

Microsoft created a cloud platform named “Azure” to be one of their cloud offerings which businesses is taking advantage nowadays.

Azure’s integrated on-premise applications and data allow organizations to move faster and save money. The cloud platform, Azure is a remarkable product delivering efficient SLA’s, enabling users to run solutions on the same cloud that powers Skype, Office 365, Bing and Xbox. It provides built in software patching, network load balancing and high availability features with the best technical support.

Azure – For Cloud Services

When the development and hosting tools are purchased through a subscription, Azure Cloud Services is an example of Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS). Azure can be used as a platform for building and deploying applications. Your developers create the code with tools provided by Azure, and then virtual machines execute the application using Windows Server.

Your application will run on virtual machines, but unlike with the Virtual Machines services, Azure will install the operating system and continuously update it with any new patches. You can use Cloud Services to create different roles for users and it’s really easy, as it is with all Azure tools, to scale up or down to accommodate more or fewer users. Since Azure Virtual Machines essentially gives you the computing substrate for your applications through a service subscription, it falls into the category of Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS).

If you want to utilize the best cloud product, Vera Systems will help your organization be up and running in no time. With our team of experts, your Azure deployment will surely be seamless.

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cloud computing

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Cloud computing is a type of computing that relies on sharing computing resources rather than having local servers or personal devices to handle applications .

In cloud computing, the word cloud (also phrased as “the cloud”) is used as a metaphor for “the Internet ,” so the phrase cloud computing means “a type of Internet-based computing,” where different services such as servers, storage and applications are delivered to an organization’s computers and devices through the Internet.

A Simple Description

In its most simple description, cloud computing is taking services (“cloud services”) and moving them outside an organizations firewall on shared systems. Applications and services are accessed via the Web, instead of your hard drive. The services are delivered and used over the Internet and are paid for by cloud customer (your business), typically on an “as-needed, pay-per-use” business model. The cloud infrastructure is maintained by the cloud provider, not the individual cloud customer.

Cloud computing is comparable to grid computing. a type of computing where unused processing cycles of all computers in a network are harnesses to solve problems too intensive for any stand-alone machine.

How it Works

Cloud computing applies traditional supercomputing. or high-performance computing power, normally used by military and research facilities, to perform tens of trillions of computations per second. In consumer-oriented applications such as financial portfolios, to deliver personalized information, to provide data storage or to power large, immersive online computer games.

To do this, cloud computing uses networks of large groups of servers typically running low-cost consumer PC technology with specialized connections to spread data-processing chores across them. This shared IT infrastructure contains large pools of systems that are linked together. Often, virtualization techniques are used to maximize the power of cloud computing.

Cloud Computing Standards

The standards for connecting the computer systems and the software needed to make cloud computing work are not fully defined at present time, leaving many companies to define their own cloud computing technologies. Organizations choose cloud providers that satisfy their needs. Cloud computing systems offered by companies, like IBM ‘s “Blue Cloud” technologies, for example, are based on open standards and open source software which link together computers that are used to to deliver Web 2.0 capabilities like mash-ups or mobile commerce .

Organizations such as the Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Open Cloud Consortium (OCC) and Open Grid Forum (OGF) are a few of the many organizations that have suggested some type of standard or suggested guidelines.

In the Data Center and for Small Business

Cloud computing has started to obtain mass appeal in corporate data centers as it enables the data center to operate like the Internet through the process of enabling computing resources to be accessed and shared as virtual resources in a secure and scalable manner.

For a small and medium size business (SMB ), the benefits of cloud computing is currently driving adoption. In the SMB sector there is often a lack of time and financial resources to purchase, deploy and maintain an infrastructure (e.g. the software, server and storage).

In cloud computing, small businesses can access these resources and expand or shrink services as business needs change. The common pay-as-you-go subscription model is designed to let SMBs easily add or remove services and you typically will only pay for what you do use.

Common Cloud Service Models

Cloud services are typically deployed based on the end-user (business) requirements. The primary services include the following:

A software delivery method that provides access to software and its functions remotely as a Web-based service. Software as a Service allows organizations to access business functionality at a cost typically less than paying for licensed applications since SaaS pricing is based on a monthly fee.

A computing platform being delivered as a service. Here the platform is outsourced in place of a company or data center purchasing and managing their own hardware and software layers.

A computer infrastructure, such as virtualization, being delivered as a service. IaaS is popular in the data center where software and servers are purchased as a fully outsourced service and usually billed on usage and how much of the resource is used

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What is cloud computing?

The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology provides the most neutral definition of cloud computing. “Cloud computing is a model for enabling convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g. networks, servers, storage. applications and services) that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction. This cloud model promotes availability and is composed of five essential characteristics, three delivery models, and four deployment models.”

What is enterprise cloud computing?

Enterprise cloud computing is the special case of utilizing cloud computing for competitive advantage through breakout opportunities both for cost savings and, more importantly, for business innovation in terms of unprecedented speed and agility with vastly improved collaboration among business partners and customers. What does “cloud computing” mean for the enterprise? More important than the question of “what is it?” is why it matters. Here are three key points.

1) On the cost side of the equation, many, but not all, IT and data center costs can be reduced and tied directly to usage, up or down as needs go up or down (rapid elasticity).

2) But there’s more, much more, on the revenue side. Risk and startup expenses for innovation initiatives can be cut dramatically, letting companies take more small bets and test out more new ideas. With no upfront capital expense, new projects can be scaled up instantly if they take off, or shut down quickly if they fail. Massive scalability and up-or-down elasticity give companies a whole new sandbox for testing new business ideas and growing them if they take off.

3) Companies don’t work alone, and, on average, over 20 companies make up today’s value chains. Cloud computing allows a company to collaborate in new ways with its trading partners, and collaboration is the key to gaining competitive advantage across the value chain. By establishing shared workspaces in “Community Clouds” employees from multiple companies can work together as a “virtual enterprise network” and function as though they were a single company. They all participate in the same value delivery system, sharing computing, communication and information resources. This is especially important as no one company “owns” the overall value chain.

Is cloud computing new?

Cloud computing is not a new technology or architecture or methodology. But it is a new Information Technology “delivery model” where all computing and networking resources are delivered as “services” that are elastic (use as much or as little as you need at any given time), massively scalable, and are available on-demand with self-service, pay-as-you-go variable cost subscriptions.

What’s driving enterprise cloud computing?

For sure, cost savings represent a significant driver. But far more important are the changes going on in the larger world outside of the business world in our hyper-connected global society. With the advent of easy-to-use “Consumer IT” or Web 2.0 usage of the Internet, Social Networks are changing the ways we live, learn, collaborate, work, consume and play. These huge changes in society also disrupt the way we design and manage our organizations and our value chains that deliver value to customers.

What is a Service-Oriented Enterprise?

What really differentiates a Service-Oriented Enterprise (SOE) from a traditional business model is its “outside-in” approach. A SOE creates business-driven value by defining and exposing its core business processes to the external market through the use of open technology in the form of “services.” This reorganization includes new business requirements, new operating zones and new license structures that can enable improved collaboration between organizations and their customers and suppliers. A SOE has the capability to organize its responses to market shifts due to the agility within its culture, processes and IT systems.

What is Business Technology?

The term Business Technology (BT) is frequently used to describe new technologies such as Web 2.0 and their use in business to differentiate them from the tools and techniques of traditional Information Technology (IT). The key differentiation between BT and IT centers on decentralization and unstructured environments. Organizations still need the centralized and structured role of IT to 20 Enterprise Cloud Computing provide back office functionality, but BT is an additional layer focusing on the front office and customer-facing business activities.

Is cloud computing the same as Software-as-a-Service(SaaS)?

While SaaS vendors originally did not use the word “cloud” to describe their offerings, analysts now consider SaaS to be one of several subsets of the cloud computing market. With traditional SaaS offerings, a company is buying pre-packaged “canned” software applications (e.g.,ERP. SCM or CRM packages) that are hosted remotely, usually in a multitenancy environment, and accessed via the Internet. SaaS applications can become “participants” in unique end-to-end business processes (see BPMaaS).

What is Business Process Management as a Service (BPMaaS)?

With SaaS offerings, a company is buying “same-old” pre-packaged software, but BPMaaS goes far beyond canned “business software as usual” being put online. It goes on to creating unique business processes designed for unique and specific purposes to link together multi-company value delivery systems that in the past weren’t feasible or economical to join together. BPMaaS is all about the complete management of business processes, and puts business people in charge of their processes. In many ways, BPMaaS is what sets enterprise cloud computing apart from consumer cloud computing. Unique business processes are how companies differentiate themselves, and are thus paramount to the enterprise use of cloud computing for competitive advantage. BPMaaS covers the full lifecycle of business processes, from their conception, design implementation and optimization. Bringing BPM capabilities to the Cloud enables multiple companies to share a common BPM system and fully participate in an overall end-to-end business process.

What are the economics of cloud computing?

Cloud computing brings immense economies of scale to computing and delivers computing resources on-demand in much the same way utilities deliver gas and electricity. In the past, companies had to make ever-growing capital expenditures (CAPEX) in comEnterprise Cloud Computing 21 puting resources to implement new information systems. Furthermore, to accommodate potential peak loads, they installed huge amounts of capacity so that today only 10-15% of data center capacity is typical utilized. The shift to the on-demand model of cloud computing isn’t just about cost savings. Far more important, it’s about giving organizations the agility they need to act quickly on new opportunities without IT being on the critical path. “Fast to market” is a central economic variable and speed is essential in the world of total global competition.

What’s the difference between “cloud computing” and “cloud services?”

In short, everything. “Cloud computing” implies a framework and vocabulary aimed at technology semantics. “Cloud services” implies a framework and vocabulary aimed at business semantics. While cloud computing belongs to the domain of Information Technology (IT), cloud services belong to the domain of Business Technology (BT). In other words, cloud services are about business, while cloud computing is about technology. The focus of this book is on the domain of business.

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An Oracle Financials Cloud: General Ledger 2016 Certified Implementation Specialist has demonstrated the knowledge required to effectively consult on Oracle General Ledger Cloud Solution.

Please be advised that this exam will be retired on February 28th, 2018. After this date, you will no longer be able to take this exam. We recommend you take our latest exam, which covers newer product functionality – 1Z0-960 Oracle Financials Cloud: General Ledger 2017 Implementation Essentials.

The exam validates both knowledge and implementation skills. Field experience is strongly recommended.

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Exam Details

Exam Number

  • 1Z0-333

Certifications Earned

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  • Oracle Financials Cloud: General Ledger 2016 Certified Implementation Specialist

Target Audience

  • Completed 3 or more Cloud, Fusion or EBS end to end implementations
  • Possess 2-5 years of field experience

Exam Price

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Exam Language(s)

  • English

Number of Questions

Passing Score

  • 60% | Passing score subject to change. View Details.

Exam Validation

  • Exam validated against release 10

Exam Format

  • Multiple Choice


  • 120 minutes

Recommended Training

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Exam Topics

Individuals who earn this certification are well-versed in general accounting practices and are able to apply that knowledge when configuring the software.

General Set Up

  • Describe Functional Setup Manager
  • Describe the configuration packages
  • Create an implementation project
  • Explain how to use reports to validate setup data
  • Create Users and Roles

Enterprise Structures

  • Configure the Chart of Accounts
  • Explain Essbase
  • Set up accounting hierarchies
  • Set up the accounting calendar
  • Upload Set Up Data
  • Configure Chart of Accounts Security

Journal Processing

  • Process journal entries
  • Configure automated journal processing
  • Explain the journal approval set up
  • Configure allocations and periodic entries
  • Explain Average Daily Balance Processing

Subledger Accounting

  • Describe the Fusion Accounting Hub
  • Deploy integration with source systems
  • Create and manage Accounting Rules
  • Create and process subledger accounting entries

Intercompany Processing

  • Design the Chart of Accounts and segment level rules for intercompany
  • Set up Intercompany Accounting (system options, transaction types, organizations)
  • Describe intercompany balancing
  • Process intercompany transactions and periods
  • Process intercompany reconciliations

Reporting Dashboards

  • Explain how to design and use various reporting tools
  • Set up the Financials Reporting Studio
  • Explain OTBI and GL Subject Areas
  • Describe Smart View accounting inquiry and analysis
  • Describe the General Accounting Dashboard and Work Areas
  • Analyze budgets versus actual

Period Close

  • Explain the Close Process
  • Configure and process revaluations
  • Configure and process translations
  • Configure and deploy multiple currencies
  • Configure and process consolidations
  • Analyze reconciliations

Budgetary Control and Encumbrance

  • Configure and Process Budgets
  • Explain how to analyze and monitor Budget Consumption
  • Configure Encumbrance Accounting
  • Process Encumbrance Journals

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