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Azure or Amazon for best Terminal Server Solution

Hello,
i need a terminal server ( RDP ) solution for 50 users + / - working together ,
i will build :
1. a VM for the AD
2. a Seperate VM with enough RAM for the Terminal Server


what do you think is better for stability and better solution for the client : Azure or Amazon ?

thank you
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Both will perform with similar performance, however, do you have a budget for running costs, you may find Windows Azure cheaper.

Amazon Elastic Cloud has been around longer and is more stable, but running costs will be more.
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eli_migdalAuthor Commented:
Regarding Azure - i saw in the last month that they have full support for RDP  - and i have done some testing and it works 100%

my questions is : is it a realible enought solution for 50 users + / - regarding SLA and such , because azure doesnt offer real FAILOVER and no connection between diffrent datacenters
or am i wrong ?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
It's reliable, and then a number of months ago, Amazon Elastic Cloud went down, Google goes down, so does Rackspace, Windows Azure has availabiliy issues, so does Outlook365 where users get no email.

How reliable do you want the service?

99.999% if so host it yourself.
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eli_migdalAuthor Commented:
yes i get your point :)

whats the best option to backup an AZURE machine ? ,
whats tools are they to backup cloud to local  ( i mean entire vm and not files only ) ?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
You can build powershell scripts to make copies of your VM.

here are some companies we've used

http://www.cerebrata.com/products/cloud-storage-studio/introduction

http://clumsyleaf.com/products/cloudxplorer
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eli_migdalAuthor Commented:
can i backup the VM's when they are running ?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
You can create snapshots.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
That's correct.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
But your provider is providing you with DR backups!
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eli_migdalAuthor Commented:
But your provider is providing you with DR backups!
you mean the GEO ?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Yes, in the event of a Disaster, they have backups, so you only need to maintain your backups, for piece of mind, if changing OS, patches etc
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