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Developing for autoscaling in Azure

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The public cloud (i.e. AWS, Azure, etc.) is often portrayed as a panacea for all that ails on-premises solutions. And along with this “cure-all” impression are a few misconceptions about the benefits of using the public cloud. One common misconception pertains to autoscaling, the ability to automatically scale up or down the number of compute […]

Understanding Azure Databricks and resource groups

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Azure Databricks, an Apache Spark-based analytics platform optimized for the Microsoft Azure cloud, is a highly effective open-source tool, but it automatically creates resource groups and workspaces and protects them with a system-level lock, all of which can be confusing and frustrating unless you understand how and why. The Databricks platform provides an interactive workspace […]

Common problems using next-generation firewalls in Azure

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Recently I had to stand up a Next Generation Firewall (NGF) in an Azure Subscription as part of a Minimum Viable Product (MVP). This was a Palo Alto NGF with a number of templates that can help with the implementation (see this Github repository: https://github.com/PaloAltoNetworks/azure-applicationgateway). I had to alter the template so the Application Gateway […]

What to do when ExpressRoutes don’t show up in vNet Peering

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I had a little problem the other day with a technical environment, and as sometimes happens when you have a problem it enables you to go a bit deeper and understand things better. The solution wasn’t big or clever, but the analysis and configuration checking was worthwhile. I had built a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) […]

Data-centric architecture – the platform to focus on the most treasured asset

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The value proposition of global systems integrators (GSIs) has changed remarkably in the last 10 years. By 2010, it was the waning days of the so-called “your mess for less” (YMFL) business model. GSIs would essentially purchase and run a company’s IT shop and deliver value through right-shoring (moving labor to low cost places), leveraging […]

4 ways to ease application migration to the cloud

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Many system integrators and cloud hosting providers claim to have their own unique process for cloud migration. The reality is everyone’s migration process is just about the same, but that doesn’t mean they’re all created equal. What really matters is in the details of how the work gets done. Application transformation and migration requires skilled […]

DevOps’ role in reaping the benefits of microservices

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In the world of “one-up” IT, it seems like almost everyone is wanting to understand how to integrate microservices into their solution architecture. And rightly so. The benefits of using microservices are numerous and varied. Let’s examine some of these positives and consider if they can help you solve some of the problems that you […]

Getting Azure tagging fundamentals right

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Tagging is a convenient way to organize resources and manage workloads in Microsoft Azure. While it can be a helpful tool, tagging has its limits and special quirks that must be addressed. What is Azure tagging? It permits you to take resources that have a logical connection, such as their lifetime allocation, and assign metadata […]

How to get more business value from your cloud investment

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Is your organization looking to get more business value from its investments in the cloud? Join the club. While there’s no universal approach for moving to the cloud, there are many proven ways to get the most value. These include approaching the cloud not as a technology move, but as a business decision. This makes […]

Wheel of Fortune: Don’t let your data backup services land on bankrupt

Data backup is one of those daily tasks that resembles Wheel of Fortune. If a backup fails occasionally or you forget to swap media once in a while, the odds are good that the spinner on your wheel of fortune won’t cost you anything. Until the day it settles on “bankrupt,” and all those occasional […]