Azure container instances arrive

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I love containers. You love containers. We all love containers. But, if you ever tried to run your programs on Microsoft Azure, you had a problem. It wasn’t easy to run Docker-style containers, a native Linux technology, on Azure. Oh, it could be done, but it was work. Now, with Azure Container Instances (ACI), it’s […]

What are cloud regions and availability zones?

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If you use a public cloud, you’ve used availability zones (AZ), but what are they really? How do they fit into regions anyway? Let’s go over the basics. First, a region is not an AZ. No, I know what you’ve been told, but it’s not. A region must have at least one AZ within it, […]

How Microsoft Azure can speed a hybrid IT strategy’s time to value

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I frequently interact with clients, partners, suppliers and startups in the IT industry regarding the latest developments in cloud and hybrid IT technology. Multiple cloud providers are the new reality, and the intricacies of evolving to a hybrid IT model can be significant. One challenge I hear all the time is, “How do enterprises accelerate […]

Build event-driven, serverless monitoring for Azure — in just 15 minutes

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Microsoft Azure provides multiple Platform as a Service (PaaS) products that allow you and your development teams to focus on quickly building awesome solutions for your customers. One of those products, Azure Service Bus, allows you to separate tiers of a solution and introduce asynchronous processing, which is so important in public clouds to ensure […]

What to do when your apps can’t use native Azure migration tools and services

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Enterprises are increasingly migrating their applications to public clouds, and Microsoft’s Azure is a preferred target for many of them. During the migration, enterprises must consider their diverse estate of operating systems, databases, middleware, COTS products and application technologies, as well as their multiple versions. Azure Site Recovery is an Azure service that orchestrates replication […]

Enterprise virtualization vs. public cloud in 2018

Enterprise virtualization prediction for 2018 tl:dr — no drastic changes from 2017. There are some interesting possibilities, though, and I’ve used Simon Wardley mapping to diagram them. As shown in the enterprise virtualization map on the left, we can now argue that the consumption of virtual machines has trended all the way into commodity consumption (with […]

DXC Agility Platform now integrated with Microsoft Azure SQL

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Recently, the DXC Agility Platform team released a brand new integration with Microsoft Azure SQL.  Microsoft Azure SQL is a managed cloud database provided as-a-service as part of Microsoft Azure.  As a managed service, Azure SQL takes care of database backup while also maintaining scalability and high availability of the database.  There is a very long list of features in […]

How serverless computing serves the enterprise

Savvy businesses crave rapid iterative development, reduced IT costs, and strategic use of IT staff for creating differentiated services, not for provisioning and managing back-end compute resources. The answer? Serverless computing. Serverless computing, an emerging style of application development, eliminates the complexity of dealing with servers at all levels of the technology stack. It provides […]

Using machine vision to fight crime: Real-time license plate detection and notification

Cameras have been reading vehicle license plates for things like issuing speeding tickets, deducting tolls and conducting border surveillance. What if we could use cameras to read license plates to identify criminal suspects and notify the nearest police in real time? This is what we set out to do at DXC Labs using machine vision. […]

Azure Stack: Coming to a data center near you

Most IT organizations are already sold on the value of public cloud. It offers greater IT agility than traditional on-premise data centers and provides a foundation for innovation throughout the business. One of the growing challenges with increasingly complex hybrid environments is the lack of an integrated single point of support to enable hybrid workload […]