Internet of Things

Azure Event Grid vs Azure IoT Hub: Which is better for IoT?

Both Azure Event Grid and Azure IoT Hub are massively scalable messaging services in the Microsoft Azure Cloud. There’s a lot of talk about Azure Event Grid; partially because it’s a new service (at this time) and because it extends the Serverless story. While Azure IoT Hub isn’t built for Serverless, it is built to scale to billions of connected IoT devices. These 2 services look different, yet similar at the same time. Which one is best to use when building out an Internet of Things (IoT) solution?

Let’s take a brief look at the features and purpose of each of these services to figure out which one is “better” for IoT. Read More

Azure WeeklyEvents

#MSIgnite 2017 Day 1: Announcements Recap and Links

Today was Day 1 of the 2017 Microsoft Ignite conference. There were so many awesome feature announcements made, and TONS of great sessions to attend. Here’s a short summary of what was announced today. I present this as a sort of “mini-Azure Weekly” since there’s so many awesome things to look at today!

Announcements and Blogs

Here’s a collection of product announcements from Microsoft as well as blog posts from the overall community. There are so many great blog posts and announcements from the day that it doesn’t make sense to have a “top links” section, so I encourage you to check out all the link listed below.

Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)

Platform as a Service (PaaS)

Serverless and Functions as a Service (FaaS)

Command Line and ARM Templates

Database / Big Data

Internet of Things (IoT)

Machine Learning / Artificial Intelligence

Containers and Service Fabric

Learning and Certification

Events

Other

Service Updates

Here’s a list of the Microsoft Azure Service Updates released today:

Videos

Here are links to some videos that were posted today:

And, of course there the Session recordings from Microsoft Ignite 2017 too! Go check out http://ignite.microsoft.com to view all the awesome recordings as the get posted.

Me and Opsgility at Ignite!

Opsgility has a booth at Ignite! You can stop by to learn all about how to get trained in Microsoft Azure. I’ll be at the booth all week, so you can stop by and say “hi” to me too. I had the chance to meetup with a few followers of Build Azure at the booth today and it’s great to meet people in person!

Are you looking for a clear and outlined path to learn Microsoft Azure? No matter if you’re a Developer, IT Pro, or Architect, Opsgility has courses that will help you learn how to build and implement solutions within Microsoft Azure more affectively and efficiently. The on-demand and instructor-led courses from Opsgility offer maximum flexibility to learn how you learn best, and to help your team grow into the cloud experts you need them to be in an efficient manner.

Opsgility is the leading Microsoft cloud technology trainer for developers and IT professionals, built around an esteemed network of industry experts and technical authors that includes Microsoft MVPs and Microsoft Insiders in more than 10 countries.

Azure Weekly

Azure Weekly: Sept 25, 2017

Do you find it difficult to keep up-to-date on the frequent updates and changes in the Microsoft Azure cloud? If so, Build Azure Weekly is the solution you’ve been looking for! Build Azure Weekly is a weekly newsletter that includes all the latest Microsoft Azure Service Updates from the week in addition to links to many other blog articles, podcasts and videos from all over the Internet.

If you want to receive the newsletter in your email every week, then you’ll absolutely want to Subscribe!

Top Links

Here are some of the most notable links from the week:

Service Updates

Here’s a list of the Microsoft Azure Service Updates from over the past week:

Sponsor

opsgility-new-high-res-logo-no-gear-with-taglineAre you looking for a clear and outlined path to learn Microsoft Azure? No matter if you’re a Developer, IT Pro, or Architect, Opsgility has courses that will help you learn how to build and implement solutions within Microsoft Azure more affectively and efficiently. The on-demand and instructor-led courses from Opsgility offer maximum flexibility to learn how you learn best, and to help your team grow into the cloud experts you need them to be in an efficient manner.

Opsgility is the leading Microsoft cloud technology trainer for developers and IT professionals, built around an esteemed network of industry experts and technical authors that includes Microsoft MVPs and Microsoft Insiders in more than 10 countries.

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Infrastructure

Azure Regions and Availability Zones

For a long time, since the beginning of Microsoft Azure, the most granular control you could have for choosing what servers / hardware to host a workload on has been the Azure Region. Each Azure Region is made up of at least 2 or 3 datacenters, but you didn’t have control over which data center was used or how replication was really controlled amongst the datacenters in a particular region. However, now Microsoft Azure has the ability to use Availability Zones to increase the resiliency and high availability of services hosted in a single Azure Region. These Availability Zones now offer a more granular control over hosting workloads in Azure beyond just choosing the less granular Azure Region to host in. Read More

EventsInfrastructure

Ignite 2017 Preview: Coming Azure Changes

Microsoft Ignite 2017 is less than a week away. Microsoft has already been busy making changes to Microsoft Azure ahead of time. While it’s unclear what all the announcements for Azure will be at Ignite 2017, it’s clear there are certain “smaller” changes / updates that will be announced / discussed. This article highlights a few Microsoft Azure service updates and Preview features that are publicly available today; that we will likely learn much more about at Ignite next week. Read More

Azure Weekly

Azure Weekly: Sept 18, 2017

Do you find it difficult to keep up-to-date on the frequent updates and changes in the Microsoft Azure cloud? If so, Build Azure Weekly is the solution you’ve been looking for! Build Azure Weekly is a weekly newsletter that includes all the latest Microsoft Azure Service Updates from the week in addition to links to many other blog articles, podcasts and videos from all over the Internet.

If you want to receive the newsletter in your email every week, then you’ll absolutely want to Subscribe!

Top Links

Here are some of the most notable links from the week:

Service Updates

Here’s a list of the Microsoft Azure Service Updates from over the past week:

Sponsor

opsgility-new-high-res-logo-no-gear-with-taglineAre you looking for a clear and outlined path to learn Microsoft Azure? No matter if you’re a Developer, IT Pro, or Architect, Opsgility has courses that will help you learn how to build and implement solutions within Microsoft Azure more affectively and efficiently. The on-demand and instructor-led courses from Opsgility offer maximum flexibility to learn how you learn best, and to help your team grow into the cloud experts you need them to be in an efficient manner.

Opsgility is the leading Microsoft cloud technology trainer for developers and IT professionals, built around an esteemed network of industry experts and technical authors that includes Microsoft MVPs and Microsoft Insiders in more than 10 countries.

Get started today with Microsoft Dev Essentials and get 3 months Free of Opsgility on-demand streaming service! Read More

Infrastructure

More Affordable Azure VMs with “Burstable” B-Series

One of the most common complaints about Azure Virtual Machine (VM) pricing is that it’s too expensive for small workloads. For custom web applications you could share an App Service Plan, which is great if the app can be hosted within Azure App Service. However, if your workload needs a full VM, then there wasn’t really a great option unless you were willing to share a VM with multiple applications. This can pose many management difficulties. Thankfully, Microsoft has been listening to feedback of wanting an even more cost effective and affordable cloud for smaller workloads too. The Azure B-Series VM sizes are the answer to this, and instead being “just cheaper VMs” they offer an innovative advancement to Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). Read More

Azure Weekly

Azure Weekly: Sept 11, 2017

Do you find it difficult to keep up-to-date on the frequent updates and changes in the Microsoft Azure cloud? If so, Build Azure Weekly is the solution you’ve been looking for! Build Azure Weekly is a weekly newsletter that includes all the latest Microsoft Azure Service Updates from the week in addition to links to many other blog articles, podcasts and videos from all over the Internet.

If you want to receive the newsletter in your email every week, then you’ll absolutely want to Subscribe!

Service Updates

Here’s a list of the Microsoft Azure Service Updates from over the past week:

Top Links

Here are some of the most notable links from the week:

Sponsor

opsgility-new-high-res-logo-no-gear-with-taglineAre you looking for a clear and outlined path to learn Microsoft Azure? No matter if you’re a Developer, IT Pro, or Architect, Opsgility has courses that will help you learn how to build and implement solutions within Microsoft Azure more affectively and efficiently. The on-demand and instructor-led courses from Opsgility offer maximum flexibility to learn how you learn best, and to help your team grow into the cloud experts you need them to be in an efficient manner.

Opsgility is the leading Microsoft cloud technology trainer for developers and IT professionals, built around an esteemed network of industry experts and technical authors that includes Microsoft MVPs and Microsoft Insiders in more than 10 countries.

Get started today with Microsoft Dev Essentials and get 3 months Free of Opsgility on-demand streaming service! Read More

HardwareInternet of Things

Azure IoT Developer Kit (AZ3166) Manufacturing Delayed, Shipping pushed to Sept 21

The new Azure IoT Developer Kit is a pretty nice IoT prototyping board with tons of sensors and things built-in. On Aug 11, 2017, Microsoft, MXChip and a few distributors opened up pre-orders for the Azure IoT Developer Kit board. The pre-orders were taken and the original estimated ship data was September 1, 2017. A wait of only a couple weeks isn’t too bad, right?

Well, as it turns out September 1 came and went, and no Azure IoT Developer Kits were shipped… (At least as far as I am aware of.) Then on September 8, Seeed Studio sent out an email notifying customers who placed pre-orders. This email was to notify that there have been “abnormal issues during production”, and the shipping date is currently being postponed to September 21. Read More