Rick Ochs, a service engineering manager, works on cloud adoption and cost optimization in Microsoft Core Services Engineering (formerly Microsoft IT).

Aug 31, 2017

Saving millions by fine-tuning Microsoft Azure usage

Operating in the cloud brings about a whole new set of challenges. But strangely enough, they look very similar to the ones we used to face in previous years. While we solve them in different ways and with different approaches, in the end, solving grand challenges with technology will always have similar goals–to make people’s...

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Nov 9, 2017

Optimize the planet: That means PaaS, too!

Over the last few months we’ve spent a good amount of time talking about optimizing virtual machines by turning them off, sizing them correctly, and just having fewer of them. We’ve discussed cultural obstacles, embracing a growth mindset, and seeing the cloud as an opportunity, not a risk. Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) is the...

Oct 11, 2017

Optimize the planet: Are VMs the last hiding place for IT Pros in the cloud?

Innovation and new technology are driving our shift to the cloud, but the cultural transformation that we must go through to allow this transition to occur is more profound and impactful. The root of why we move software and technology to the cloud is to better serve individuals and solve cool problems. With that in...