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Adam Bertram

How to Build and Deploy Azure IaaS VMs with PowerShell

The whole point of using a cloud service is to be able to use it intensively for a brief period just when it is needed and then clear out all your work when you've finished. This means automation to make the process as quick and easy as possible. It is likely to mean creating a VM, provisioning it from scratch and spinning it up using PowerShell. Relax, grab the popcorn, and let Adam Bertram show you how he does it in Azure. Read more...

Christos Matskas

Setting Up and Configuring an Azure Key Vault

No longer do developers need to store sensitive application data, keys and, configuration settings in code - Azure Key Vault can store them for our applications on the cloud. Christos Matskas shows how to provision a new Key Vault in Azure using the Azure PowerShell cmdlets, and how to authorise an application to access and use a Key Vault. Read more...

Christos Matskas

Application Security with Azure Key Vault

The name 'Azure Key Vault' hides a valuable Azure service that allows us to easily protect our Cloud data by putting sound cryptography in Cloud applications without having to store or manage the keys or secrets. This makes it far easier to manage cloud data in applications in a way that that complies with industry-standards for sensitive data. Read more...

Robert Sheldon

Azure DocumentDB Server-Side Scripting

DocumentDB only uses SQL for querying data. To create procedures and functions, you have to flex your JavaScript skills to create JavaScript functions that are saved to a DocumentDB collection. Robert Sheldon shows how it is done. Read more...

Robert Sheldon

Microsoft Azure DocumentDB

DocumentDB is a late-entrant in the Document-oriented database field. However, it benefits from being designed from the start as a cloud service with a SQL-like language. It is intended for mobile and web applications. Its JSON document-notation is compatible with the integrated JavaScript language that drives its multi-document transaction processing via stored procedures, triggers and UDFs. Read more...

Robert Sheldon

Azure Data Lakes

The Data Lake is basically a large repository of data for 'big data' analytic workloads, held in its original format. The Azure Data Lake adds Data Lake Analytics, and Azure HDInsight. Although the tools are there for Big Data Analysis, it will require new skills to use, and a heightened attention to Data Governance if it is to appeal to the average enterprise. Read more...

Robert Sheldon

The Logical Data Warehouse - Towards a Single View of All the Data

What is wrong with the Enterprise Data Warehouse? Quite a lot, it seems. By taking the narrow view that the struggle is that of accommodating and interrogating huge quantities of data, then initiatives such as the Virtual Data Warehouse and Logical Data Warehouse could make sense. But what about data quality, security, access control, archiving, retention, privacy and regulatory compliance? Read more...

Matt Milner

Azure BizTalk Services: Monitoring and Managing BizTalk Services Solutions

Once you've built your BizTalk solution, you will need to deploy and monitor it. Matt Milner shows that, while there are several ways to monitor your solution, and manual deployment via Visual Studio, the automated deployment of BizTalk solutions is probably best served by Azure IaaS with BizTalk Server virtual machines. Read more...

Krishna Kumar

Creating and Managing Docker VM Extensions in Azure

Docker technology is Linux-based. Although the concept of a container isn't new, the common toolset, packaging model and deployment mechanism of Docker has made the use of containers far simpler. As a quick introduction to the technology for Windows users, Krishna shows, step by step, how to set up, and configure a Docker Daemon in Azure within a VM, and install a MySQL image in a container from the Docker Repository. Read more...

Matt Milner

Azure BizTalk Services: Connecting to On-Premises Resources

By moving applications to Azure, you can't always avoid the requirement for accessing data from applications that are based within your intranet. You have a wide range of choices for doing this. Matt Milner explains that there are several technologies that can achieve this for BizTalk, but that will apply more generally. Read more...

Robert Sheldon

OpenStack: The Good and Not-So-Good Bits

OpenStack holds a great deal of promise as a cloud platform built on open standards, and has support from the major players in cloud services. It has the potential for allowing organisations to set up their own private cloud services that are designed to inter-operate. Is it ready yet for companies that want the convenience of cloud solutions, but with more control, and without the large subscription fees? Robert Sheldon finds out. Read more...

Matt Milner

Azure BizTalk Services: EDI

The Electronic Data Interchange has been around a long time. Azure BizTalk Services supports this important protocol for transmitting business transactions, and it is reasonably easy to set up, as Matt Milner explains Read more...

Robert Sheldon

An Introduction to the OpenPOWER Foundation

In a bid to challenge Intel's dominance of high performance computing environments, IBM have introduced OpenPOWER, a flexible open-source framework based on their POWER processor architecture. Robert Sheldon looks at the potential of this new platform. Read more...

Robert Sheldon

Azure Event Hubs

If you need to receive and process a large volume of packets of data, such as telemetry, or event-log items, it may be worth considering Azure Event hubs. They aren't like traditional messaging but represent more of a stripped down one-way event processing system for large volumes of data. It could represent a good solution to an ever-present problem, but is it ready for production use? Rob Sheldon investigates. Read more...

Sandrino Di Mattia

Microsoft Azure Cloud Services Part 5: Debug, Monitor & Scale

Learn to debug, monitor and scale Azure Cloud Services as Sandrino continues his series. Read more...

Robert Sheldon

Microsoft Azure Stream Analytics

Azure Stream Analytics aims to extract knowledge structures from continuous ordered streams of data by real-time analysis. These streams might include computer network traffic, social network data, phone conversations, sensor readings, ATM transactions or web searches. It provides a ready-made solution to the business requirement to react very quickly to changes in data and handle large volumes of information. Robert Sheldon explains its significance. Read more...

Matt Milner

Azure BizTalk Services: BizTalk in Azure Platform as a Service

Matt Milner continues his series on Azure BizTalk Services by covering the Platform as a Service (PaaS) possibilities in Azure. Read more...

Matt Milner

Azure BizTalk Services: An Introduction for BizTalk Developers

Matt Milner provides a great Azure BizTalk Services Introduction for BizTalk Developers in this first of a series of articles. Read more...

Robert Sheldon

Cybercrime - the Dark Edges of the Internet

Criminal activity is a growing menace on the internet. This inevitably means more diligence is required by legitimate users in the face of an increasingly sophisticated criminal threat. Robert Sheldon describes some of the emerging threats and risks. Read more...

David Green

MongoDB vs. Azure DocumentDB

If you are familiar with MongoDB you may be wondering how Azure's DocumentDB service compares. In this article David Green gives us a look. Note that Azure DocumentDB is evolving very quickly, so some of the limitations mentioned in this article may have already been removed. Read more...

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