It’s so quick and easy to deploy an application out into Microsoft Azure and make it available for anyone in the world to use. It’s even quicker if you utilize all the Platform as a Service (PaaS) services like Azure App Service (Web Apps, API Apps, Logic Apps, etc) including Azure SQL Database and Azure Cosmos DB. However, it can be a bit more tricky to make that application resilient to failure, specifically regional failure. How do you design an application to be truly globally resilient? What if a specific data center or region goes down? Will your application stay up and keep your users productive?
You can add high availability by increasing the number of instances, but that only applies to a single region. You could implement failover, but does that offer the best experience for your users? This article goes through many of the tips and techniques that can be used within Microsoft Azure to build truly globally resilient applications. Read More
Since the beginning the Azure CDN has allowed for custom domains to be mapped so you can use your own domain name instead of the Azure CDN default domain name endpoint; such as that at “*.azureedge.net”. However, until recently you couldn’t enable SSL encryption support for that custom domain mapped to the Azure CDN endpoint. In a recent update to the Azure CDN service Microsoft has finally enabled the ability to enable SSL / TLS on an Azure CDN Custom Domain name. Read More
The Microsoft Azure CDN (Content Delivery Network) provides secure, reliable content delivery with a broad global reach along with rich features. The Azure CDN endpoints are not the same as the Azure Regions, and Microsoft has the list of cities for the CDN locations published in the Azure documentation. However, a list of city names isn’t very good at allowing you to visualize the true global reach of the Azure CDN.
To help better visualize the Azure CDN endpoint locations, I’ve put together the Microsoft Azure CDN Interactive Map that allows you to pan around and zoom in/out to more easily see where the Microsoft Azure CDN endpoints are located around the globe.
The Microsoft Azure CDN Interactive Map is Open Source and hosted on Github if you’re curious to see the source code behind it too!