Episode 136 - High Performance Compute

by Sujit D'Mello July 21, 2016

The guys talk about running HPC and Batch jobs in Azure using the A8-A11 class of VMs and the upcoming N-series VMs.

Media file: http://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode136.mp3

Other updates:

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/microsoft-azure-at-siggraph-2016/

Two new Azure regions are generally available to customers in the United States and across the globe: West US 2 and West Central US.
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/general-availability-two-new-azure-regions/

With SQL Server Stretch Database, you can dynamically stretch warm and cold transactional data from Microsoft SQL Server 2016 to Azure.
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/general-availability-sql-server-stretch-database/

You can use Always Encrypted to help ensure that your sensitive data remains private and confidential while it's stored and queried in Azure SQL Database.
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/general-availability-always-encrypted-for-azure-sql-database/

The Azure ExpressRoute footprint is expanding to Paris, Newport/Wales, and Quebec City.
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/general-availability-azure-expressroute-in-additional-locations/

Microsoft Power BI Embedded is generally available with a standard service level agreement (SLA) in nine datacenters worldwide.
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/general-availability-microsoft-power-bi-embedded/

http://www.mikelanzetta.com/2015/12/tensorflow-on-azure-using-docker/

 

 

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Episode 135 - Live from London - Q&A with Russell Young

by Cale Teeter July 15, 2016

Cale talks to Russell Young, an Azure PFE from the UK in this unique podcast format. They have collected a sampling of questions that customers and staff in the UK have submitted, and try to answer them on the show. Oh and Cale happens to be in London as well!

Media file: http://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode135.mp3

 

Azure getting up to speed:

 

Azure Blog: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/blog/

 

Cloud and Proud: https://www.microsoft.com/uk/partner/cloudandproud/

 

Azure Fridays: https://friday.azure.com

 

Microsoft Virtual Academy: https://mva.microsoft.com/

 

VSTS ARM Infrastructure Deployment:
https://russellyoung.net/2016/04/15/arm-cd-vsts/

 

App insights widget for VSTS:
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/new-application-insights-metric-widget-for-visual-studio-team-services/

 

Best practice for ARM templates:
https://github.com/Azure/azure-quickstart-templates/blob/master/1-CONTRIBUTION-GUIDE/best-practices.md#best-practices

 

OMS:
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/cloud-platform/operations-management-suite

 

https://github.com/cmatskas/AzureStorageCopy

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Episode 134 - Mapping AWS to Azure

by Cale Teeter July 7, 2016

Continuing from an episode we did previously, where we mapped Google Cloud Platform to Azure, we map AWS to Azure in this episode.

Media: http://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode134.mp3

http://aws.amazon.com

 

Other updates:

Windows Server containers on Azure Container Service private preview
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/windows-server-containers-using-docker-swarm-on-azure-container-service-private-preview/

General availability of IaaS migration from classic to resource manager
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/iaas-migration-ga/

New high availability checklist now available
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/new-high-availability-checklist-now-available/

DocumentDB throughput calculator update
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/documentdb-throughput-calculator-update/

Simpler Azure Management Libraries for Java
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/simpler-azure-management-libraries-for-java/

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Episode 133 - Service Fabric in the real world

by Sujit D'Mello June 30, 2016

The guys talk to Todd Abel, a PM in the Azure Service Fabric team, about some considerations for using Service Fabric in real world scenarios.

Todd has shared his 'best practices' deck and some hands on labs that you can try.

https://1drv.ms/f/s!AtdXA-T4UyqjnI4kSqtSUT8b_7cojw

Media file: http://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode133.mp3

(First couple of minutes the sound quality is slightly degraded but the rest of the episode is fine. Sorry)

Other updates:

Azure HDInsight application platform: Install solutions built for the Apache Hadoop ecosystem
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/azure-hdinsight-application-platform-install-solutions-built-for-the-apache-hadoop-ecosystem/

Two more things to keep your costs on track in DevTest Labs
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/keep-your-cost-on-track-in-devtestlabs/

Updated high availability and disaster recovery app design guidance
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/updated-high-availability-and-disaster-recovery-app-design-guidance/

DNS security appliances in Azure
 https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/dns-security-appliances-in-azure/

Version 1.1 of Solidity Extension released
https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/caleteet/2016/06/19/version-1-1-of-solidity-extension-released/
https://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/96221853-33c4-4531-bdd5-d2ea5acc4799

Visual Studio 2015 Update 3 and .NET Core 1.0 Available Now
https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/visualstudio/2016/06/27/visual-studio-2015-update-3-and-net-core-1-0-available-now/

 

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Episode 132 - Azure Government

by Sujit D'Mello June 22, 2016

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Episode 131 - Hacking the Bot Framework

by Cale Teeter June 16, 2016

The guys discuss all the latest updates to the Azure service and then Cale geeks out a bit on his experience with the Bot framework.

 

 

Media file: https://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode131.mp3

Other updates:

The Ethereum Foundation welcomes Microsoft as the Premiere Sponsor of Devcon2, Shanghai 19-21 September, 2016
https://blog.ethereum.org/2016/06/14/ethereum-welcomes-microsoft-devcon/

Introducing Project Bletchley and elements of blockchain born in the Microsoft Cloud
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/bletchley-blockchain/

Application Insights: Work item integration with Visual Studio Team Services
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/application-insights-work-item-integration-with-visual-studio-team-services/

Update on transitioning Mobile Apps from Application Insights to HockeyApp
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/update-on-transitioning-mobile-apps-from-application-insights-to-hockeyapp/

Announcing SQL Server 2016 Developer image in the Azure Gallery
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/announcing-sql-server-2016-developer-image-in-the-azure-gallery/

Running Docker Container on Azure Batch
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/running-docker-container-on-azure-batch/

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/apache-spark-for-azure-hdinsight-now-generally-available/

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/storage-explorer-june-update/

 

 

 

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Episode 130 - Mapping the Google Cloud Platform capabilities to Azure

by Sujit D'Mello June 9, 2016

Cale and Sujit talk about the features of the Google Cloud Platform and how it maps to the features in Azure to give our listeners a sense of how GCP has matured over these past few years.

  

 

Media file: http://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode130.mp3

https://cloud.google.com/products/

Other updates:

Azure Architecture Training
https://www.edx.org/course/architecting-microsoft-azure-solutions-microsoft-dev205bx-0

Preview update: DocumentDB protocol support for MongoDB
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/documentdb-protocol-support-for-mongodb-preview-update/

Azure Redis Cache May 2016 update
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/azure-redis-cache-may-2016-update/

SQL Server 2016 is generally available today
https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/dataplatforminsider/2016/06/01/sql-server-2016-is-generally-available-today/

Azure SQL Data Warehouse introduces Premium Storage for greater performance predictability
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/azure-sql-data-warehouse-introduces-premium-storage-for-greater-performance/

Microsoft to Develop Identity Platform for Multiple Blockchains
http://www.coindesk.com/microsoft-identity-platform-multiple-blockchains/

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Episode 129 - Azure Backup & Site Recovery

by Evan Basilik May 26, 2016

The guys talk to Manoj Parvathaneni, a senior support escalation engineer in the Azure Backup team, about the service. He gives us use-cases for using Backup and some valuable tips to make Backup work seamlessly in both on-premises and cloud scenarios.

Media file: http://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode129.mp3

 

Other updates:

Speaker Recognition API for Microsoft Cognitive Services in public preview


Microsoft Cognitive Services is a collection of APIs available to developers to make their applications more intelligent and engaging. This set of services expands on our evolving portfolio of machine learning APIs and lets developers easily add intelligent features to their solutions. Speaker Recognition API is now in public preview, and its features include:
 
• Speaker verification, using voice for authentication. The API can be used to power applications with an intelligent verification tool; for example, if the speaker claims a certain identity, you can use their voice to verify this claim.
• Speaker identification, to recognize who is speaking. The API can be used to determine the identity of an unknown speaker. Input audio of the unknown speaker is compared to a group of selected speakers and if a match is found, the speaker’s identity is returned.

Speaker Recognition API is available as a standalone service, and public preview pricing went into effect on May 2, 2016.


Support deprecation for Create Affinity Group and Create Storage Resource using affinity groups in the Azure classic portal

Affinity groups is a legacy concept originally intended to improve virtual-machine-to-virtual-machine network performance in early Azure network designs and to support the initial release of virtual networks limited to a small set of hardware in a region. The current Azure network within a region is designed so affinity groups are no longer required. Due to these improvements, we no longer recommend that customers use affinity groups. The use of an affinity group will unnecessarily associate your virtual machines to specific hardware, limit the choice of virtual machine sizes available to you, and may lead to capacity-related errors when attempting to add new virtual machines.

Affinity group features are already deprecated in Azure Resource Manager and in the Azure portal. In the upcoming release, we will deprecate support for creating affinity groups and creating storage resources pinned to an affinity group from the Azure classic portal. Existing cloud services using an affinity group don’t need to be modified. New cloud services shouldn’t use affinity groups unless recommended by an Azure support professional.


Azure Backup generally available in the Azure portal
Pricing | Azure Backup webpage
Customers are finding it easier than ever to leverage Microsoft Operations Management Suite for diverse data protection needs on-premises and in Azure. With the release of Azure Backup on the Azure portal, customers can seamlessly back up Azure Resource Manager-based virtual machines, as well as virtual machines created from the Azure classic portal, under the newly introduced recovery services vault. Customers can use this Azure resource to back up their on-premises Windows Server machines and tier backups to the cloud from Azure Backup Server and System Center Data Protection Manager machines. The vault will form the bedrock for unified data protection and management, including disaster recovery and hybrid backup scenarios.

SharePoint Server 2016 dev/test farm in Azure
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/sharepoint-2016-devtest-farm/

Announcing general availability of Azure DevTest Labs
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/announcing-general-availability-of-azure-devtest-labs/

Continuous integration and delivery of web apps from Atlassian Bitbucket
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/continuous-integration-delivery-of-web-apps-from-atlassian-bitbucket/

Migrating, managing and more: Real IT pros. Real advice.
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/migrating-managing-and-more-real-it-pros-real-advice/

Use Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines to run large-scale parallel MATLAB workloads
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/create-matlab-clusters-using-azure-virtual-machines/

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Episode 128 - Azure Functions

by Sujit D'Mello May 20, 2016

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Episode 127 - Tales from the field

by Sujit D'Mello May 12, 2016

The guys talk to Neil Mackenzie, a Cloud Solution Architect @ Microsoft. He gives us advice from his engagements helping customers do 'lift-n-shift' migrations to Azure.

Media file: http://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode127.mp3

 

Other updates:

Platform supported migration of IaaS resources from Classic to Azure Resource Manager
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/virtual-machines-windows-migration-classic-resource-manager/

Azure in Canada generally available

Azure SQL Database elastic pools generally available

Azure Content Delivery Network from Akamai now available in the Azure portal

Test-drive feature now available on Azure Marketplace

Announcing Azure Mobile Services transition to Azure App Service
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/transition-of-azure-mobile-services/

Microsoft Cloud accelerates in Canada and expands to South Korea
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/microsoft-cloud-accelerates-in-canada-and-expands-to-south-korea/

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