There are many 3rd party VM appliance images available within the Azure Marketplace. Many of them offer Router, Firewall, and VPN solutions. One such solution is the pfSense for Azure VM image from Netgate. Read More
Microsoft has published a number of infographics to help give some visual guidance to various aspects of the Azure cloud. One of these infographics is an Azure API Management infographic that summarizes how to publish APIs to partners, employees, and 3rd party developers securely and at scale.
You can download this infographic from the following URL:
There have been a few Microsoft Azure certifications for awhile now, and on October 27, 2015 Microsoft added another with the Designing and Implementing Cloud Data Platform Solutions (70-473) exam. Passing this exam will earn you the Microsoft Specialist: Designing and Implementing Cloud Data Platform Solutions certification. This is a Microsoft Azure certification centered around SQL Server databases in the cloud; from Azure SQL Database to SQL Server running inside a Virtual Machine.
Update July 2017: This article is out-of-date. The 70-473 exam was update in June 2017 with new exam objectives. Please refer to the newer exam objectives and study resource list outlined in the 70-473 Designing and Implementing Could Data Platform Solutions Certification Exam – June 2017 Update article instead. Happy Studying!
The SQL Server 2016 infographic provides a visual overview of SQL Server 2016 features: on-premises, in the cloud, and in between. How can your current skills and knowledge of SQL Server help you transition to SQL Server within a Virtual Machine in Microsoft Azure, or to an Azure SQL Database?
You can download the full infographic PDF at the following URL:
Build Azure Weekly is a regular series that brings you the latest news, blogs, videos, and other content around the Microsoft Azure ecosystem from the week. The links shared include those from the community as well as from Microsoft as well. The goal of Build Azure Weekly is to help you keep up to date in the latest news and general happenings surrounding Microsoft Azure for the week.
Here’s the list of Azure Service Updates that have been announced by Microsoft over the week:
- Batch send notifications to device tokens using Notification Hubs
- Azure Search: Update to the Search Traffic Analytics dashboard in Power BI
- Azure Site Recovery: Scout 8.0.1 Update 3 is available
- New capabilities available on the Azure Batch service
There are many solutions available within the Azure Marketplace. One of these is the F5 WAF (web application firewall) solution. The F5 WAF solution is built using the industry-proven F5 BIG-IP Application Security Manager and BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager technologies, and it one of the many solutions available in the Azure Marketplace from third party vendors. Read More
A while ago I posted on the fact that Microsoft Azure Data Centers are Made of ITPAC Containers. This doesn’t just make the data centers more modular and easier to maintain, but it’s also done in an effort to optimize for power usage, and overall water and energy consumption. Read More
Build Azure Weekly is a series that offers a single source for a consolidated view on the weeks news, service updates, blogs, as well as other links surrounding the Microsoft Azure ecosystem. The links shared include those both from Microsoft and other members of the community. The goal of Build Azure Weekly is to help keep you up-to-date in the ever changing Microsoft Azure ecosystem.
Here’s a list of the Microsoft Azure Service Updates that have been announced this past week from Microsoft:
- General availability: HDInsight Tools for IntelliJ
- Azure SQL Data Warehouse: Introducing Premium Storage
- General availability: Spark on HDInsight
- Azure DocumentDB is available in Canada East and Canada Central
- Export API definitions from API Management developer portal
- Introducing appLens for Web Apps in Azure App Service
- Announcing: F-Series of compute-optimized virtual machines
- Retiring support for PHP 5.4
- General availability: Azure Redis Cache Premium tier in India and Canada
- Public preview: Apple FairPlay Streaming for Azure Media Services
- Log Analytics in Microsoft Operations Management Suite available in additional regions
- Azure Search S3 and S3 High Density tiers in public preview, and Basic tier generally available
Over the last couple years Microsoft has been working to make FreeBSD a first class VM guest on Hyper-V. One of the primary reasons to work on this effort was to be able to enable FreeBSD VMs to run in Microsoft Azure. The day has finally come, and FreeBSD is available in the Azure Marketplace to run in Azure. Read More
The “Microsoft Azure Essentials: Migrating SQL Server Databases to Azure” book written by Carl Rabeler has been made a free eBook by Microsoft Press. This book is part of the “Microsoft Azure Essentials” books series. With this book you will learn how SQL Server in Azure is similar to SQL Server in an on-premises environment. You will also learn how they are different. The author, Carl Rabeler, is a content lead for Azure.com and will walk you through the steps of getting started with SQL Server in an Azure Virtual Machine as well as Azure SQL Databases. Read More