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Azure N-Series VMs and NVIDIA GPUs in the Cloud

It’s been quite some time since we last heard details about the upcoming N-Series Virtual Machines (VMs). in Microsoft Azure. Microsoft recently announced further details on the N-Series VMs. There will be two different series: the compute focused N-Series powered by Tesla K80 GPUs, and the visualization focused NV-Series powered by Tesla M60 GPUs.

As many are aware, Cloud VMs traditionally haven’t been able to run graphics intensive workloads. The reason for this is because the VMs do not have access to dedicated, powerful GPUs in the cloud. That really is until now! Ahem, soon! Once in Preview, the Azure N-Series VMs will be the first public cloud VMs to offer this bleeding edge technology in the cloud. Read More

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35 Azure and Cloud eBooks for Amazon Kindle

Blog articles and Technical documentation are nice for learning technologies, but there are times when a good book just can’t be replaced. This is especially true when getting information from blogs that may have a snippet of “found code” that might or might not work as expected. At least properly technically reviewed book will have working code snippets and other directions / information.

So, here’s a bunch of eBooks on Azure topics that are available for the Amazon Kindle. After all, what better to read about the Cloud than with a “Virtual” book! Read More

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Azure Infographic: SharePoint with SQL Server AlwaysOn

The Deploy SharePoint with SQL Server AlwaysOn infographic from Microsoft provides a really good visual representation of how to design a SharePoint solution in Microsoft Azure. This infographic provides an example of using Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) within Azure to setup a high-availability deployment of a SharePoint farm with SQL Server configured for AlwaysOn.

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You can download the full infographic at the following URL:

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/infographics/sharepoint-sqlserver-alwayson/

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Super Human: Learn Azure Get a Free Drone

AzureSuperHuman_DroneWho doesn’t want a free drone / quadcopter? “Let’s face it, you’re SUPER HUMAN” The tryazuremarketplace.com website currently has a bunch of FREE Azure Marketplace Labs you can do virtually (online from anywhere). Once you complete a lab, you just submit proof you did the lab and Microsoft will send you a free mini-quadcopter! Alternatively, you can also get a 3-month Azure Pass instead. But, who doesn’t want a free drone!?

The drone is the Crazyflie 2.0 quadcopter.

There are tons of labs to choose from! You can go to the site to see a full list, but they are broken out into the following categories: Dev Ops, Security, Big Data, Open Source, and Management.

AzureSuperHuman_DockerLabCardHere’s a list of the labs currently you can do for Free!

  • Dev Ops
    • CHEF – Automate an Infrastructure
    • Docker – Containerize an Application
  • Security
    • KEMP – Intelligently Design Traffic
    • Barracuda – Secure Distributed Networks
  • Big Data
    • Hortonworks – Modernize an Architecture
  • Open Source
    • Bitnami – Virtualize a Server
  • Management
    • Cloud Cruiser – Activate Profitable Insights

Learn Azure, Get a FREE Drone!

Attribution: The header image of this post as well as the photo of the drone were taken as screenshots of the Azure Super Human Lab website.

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Azure Certification: 70-473 Cloud Data Platform Solutions Specialist – Oct 2015

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!

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