Curious about how to design applications for the cloud? The Cloud Design Patterns infographic from Microsoft provides a nice reference of cloud architecture design patterns. This infographic depicts the most common problems in designing cloud-hosted applications, and it provides some design patterns to offer guidance to help you design better cloud-hosted applications within Microsoft Azure!
You can download the full infographic PDF at the following URL:
The Microsoft Azure cloud platform is really big with tons of features, plus Microsoft keeps adding more, and more, and more all the time. The technology industry can generally be difficult to keep up with, and all that is in Microsoft Azure can be just as difficult to keep track of. With the help of Ricardo Niepel and his Interactive Azure Platform Big Picture graphic / website it’s easy to see all the big features that make up Microsoft Azure. The interactive part is where you can click on a feature to see a short description, as well as links to documentation and pricing to dive in further.
The below image is a screenshot, clicking on it will bring you to the website. Enjoy!
In the early days of Microsoft Azure the Portal was the primary tool to go in and configure your cloud components. After some time the Azure Service Manager API’s were introduced as a set of both PowerShell and Command-Line tools (X-Plat CLI). These tools allowed for Azure Automation to be scripted, however they were still a bit cumbersome as they were procedural based. More recently Microsoft overhauled the entire Azure Portal that exists today as well as a brand new set of Azure Resource Manager API’s. The purpose of Azure Resource Manager is more than just replacing Azure Service Manager. It’s real purpose is a story about automation and DevOps. Read More
As DevOps has been taking hold within the software industry there’s been a strong push towards automating everything. This include automating build, testing, deployments, as well as server and infrastructure configurations. Server and Infrastructure configuration automation was not a trivial task in the old days of on-premises datacenter where each server was on its own dedicated hardware. However, with the adoption of the cloud and Microsoft Azure along with the use of Virtualization, the automation of server and infrastructure configuration is now fairly easily done. In fact the automation of deploying servers and infrastructure is now possible through the scriptability of modern virtualization technology; such as what makes up the Microsoft Azure platform.
Automation scripts have been run for decades, this is not a new concept. However, the term Infrastructure as Code (IaC) is fairly new in the industry. As with any new term there’s starting to get a buzz around it, and with buzz comes misconceptions and misinterpretations. The purpose of this article is to describe some context surrounding the Why, What, and How surrounding Infrastructure as Code. Read More
The Azure Portal duality has been a source of confusion for many almost since the original launch of Microsoft Azure. There’s been 2 separate portals for a really long time. Recently, they’ve been renamed the “Current Azure Portal” and the “Classic Azure Portal”. However, neither portal has the same Azure feature support. This makes for a bit of confusion until you learn what can be managed from which portal.
Thankfully to make things much easier than pure discovery, Microsoft has an Azure portal availability chart. Like much of the documentation on any product, things can get buried in the mass. So, I thought I’d bring this little nugget to light and draw some attention to it. Read More
Studying for the Azure certification exams can be a daunting task. One of the most difficult things is knowing whether you’re ready to sit the actual exam or not. Take the exam too early, you’ll fail. Not understand how the questions will be written, you could fail. Over prepare, and you’ll pass but possibly waste some time. To really hone in on a certification exam, the use of a practice test / exam can be extremely useful. In an effort to help others studying for these exams, I have started creating a couple Free, Open Source Azure certification practice exams. Read More
The trilogy of Microsoft Azure Certification exams first debuted more than one year ago. In that time there have been some tremendous changes and additions to the entire Microsoft Azure Platform. As a result, coming March 10, 2016, Microsoft is updating the exam objectives to reflect some of these changes. But, what are the changes? Read More
While many of Microsoft product and tools cost money, they do have the Visual Studio Dev Essentials available for Free. Visual Studio Dev Essentials provides a lot of Free tools, training and cloud services offering everything needed to build and deploy apps to any platform. The things offered include Visual Studio and Azure service usage! Read More
The “Building Cloud Apps with Microsoft Azure” book written by Scott Guthrie, Mark Simms, Tom Dykstra, Rick Anderson and Mike Wasson has been made a free eBook by Microsoft Press. This books goes through a pattern-based approach to building real-world solutions with Microsoft Azure. Among these practices covered include topics coving both Architecture and coding practices. The content of this book is based off the presentation Scott Guthrie gave at the Norwegian Developers Conference (NDC) in June, 2013, as well as Microsoft Tech Ed Australia in September, 2013. Read More
When Microsoft announced the initial Technical Preview release of Azure Stack it was also announced there would be additional services released in the coming weeks. This week, Microsoft announced the addition of Web Apps, SQL database, and MySQL database Platform as a Service (PaaS) services to the Microsoft Azure Stack platform, and some additional new tools too!
The recently released tools and services for Azure Stack can be downloaded and installed on top of any installation of the Azure Stack Technical Preview. This is really the first installment of many more Azure Stack services to come, beyond what comes with the Technical Preview itself. Read More