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) […]

DevOps’ role in reaping the benefits of microservices

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 […]