Azure Releases ExpressRoute

Microsoft has recently announced “ExpressRoute” for their Azure stack!  This is great news for security centric partners needed to ensure private access to the service hosted on Azure.

If you utilize a network service provider that supports ExpressRoute connections, your connection can even bypass the public internet entirely!

I am personally excited to see where this technology goes, and how many providers start to pick it up.

Please note, even if your carrier does not support ExpressRoute directly, you can still utilize the ExpressRoute service!

XBOX One : A Huge Mistake

With the announcement of XBOX One yesterday, I can’t help but think “What the f@#! is Microsoft thinking?!”.

Disabling disc sharing between consumers?  Look, if I buy a game, am done playing it, and want to pass it off to my little brother, I should have that right.  Charging him $60 isn’t going to get you $60, it’s going to get one less player.  Honestly, how much money does Microsoft plan on making with a scheme like that VS the amount of steady gamers they are going to lose.  Bootlegging isn’t that rampant in XBOX.  Since an XBOX Live account can not be used in most rooted XBOX systems, the bootlegging is left to a small proportion of the gaming community.  All they have done is alienate their consumers from using their publishers product.  What about stores like “Game Stop” or services like “Game Fly”?

I have played enough crappy games in my life, to know that not every game is worth $60.  I have also played enough demo’s/rentals to know a good game when I see one.

I forsee this being the beginning of the end for Microsoft and its vast market-share of the gaming community.  More people will decide to stick with their mobile phone, Sony Playstations, or PC gaming.  Sure you’ll have a few hardcore fans, and some great titles may attract a few buyers, but I predict insanely different numbers in comparison to the XBOX 360 launch.

Microsoft Security Compliance Manager

I just discovered the Microsoft Security Compliance Manager through the Microsoft Security blog.  Looks like a great tool I will be able to use very soon with a new SBS setup I just did for a client.