There are many excellent reasons to use Microsoft Azure to host applications and enterprise systems. There’s even plenty of criticisms on it being expensive to host small websites, however the App Service offering in Microsoft Azure does offer the ability to easily host a website in the cloud completely FREE! Read More
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
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
This is a session from DockerCon 16 and it dives deep into the internals of bringing Docker & Containers to Windows Server. This was presented by John Starks & Taylor Brown, and thanks to Channel 9 this session is available for our online viewing pleasure! Read More
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.
You can download the full infographic at the following URL:
Who 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.
Here’s a list of the labs currently you can do for Free!
- Dev Ops
- CHEF – Automate an Infrastructure
- Docker – Containerize an Application
- KEMP – Intelligently Design Traffic
- Barracuda – Secure Distributed Networks
- Big Data
- Hortonworks – Modernize an Architecture
- Open Source
- Bitnami – Virtualize a Server
- Cloud Cruiser – Activate Profitable Insights
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.
Among the many different 3rd party appliance and other solutions within the Azure Marketplace are a few from Barracuda. These images provide a simple, easy method of provisioning Barracuda solutions within your Azure Subscription right from the Azure Portal, PowerShell, or Azure CLI instrumentation tools. Read More
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
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!
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