Episode 123 - VM Scale Sets

by Cale Teeter April 14, 2016

The guys talk about VM Scale Sets - a neat new feature that let you scale up/down/autoscale your Windows and Linux VMs.

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/azure-vm-scale-sets-public-preview/

Media file: http://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode123.mp3

Charlotte Azure Bootcamp - 4/16
http://www.meetup.com/Charlotte-Microsoft-Cloud/events/229276524/

Other updates:

DocumentDB: Everything you need to know about using the new pricing options
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/documentdb-use-the-new-pricing-options-on-your-existing-collections/

Tableau Server in the Azure Marketplace
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/tableau-server-in-the-azure-marketplace/

Bot Framework made better with Azure
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/bot-framework-made-better-with-azure/

Blockchain: the catalyst for a collaborative economy
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/blockchain-the-catalyst-for-a-collaborative-economy/


New Entry point for blockchain info!
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/solutions/blockchain/

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Episode 122 - Premier Architecture Services

by Sujit D'Mello April 7, 2016

We talk to Prashant Nayak about the Microsoft Premier Architecture Services program which gives customers that have never ventured to the cloud a quick 5-day workshop to get them started on their Azure journey. He discusses common blockers to adopting the cloud and how customers can prepare themselves to make the (eventual) move. Customers should talk to their TAMs about this cost-effective offering.

 

 

Media file: http://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode122.mp3

 

Other resources and updates:

 

https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/privatecloud/2016/02/26/tool-arm-template-checker-for-microsoft-azure-stack/

http://www.nvidia.com/object/deep-learning-system.html

http://www.nvidia.com/object/tesla-p100.html

http://www.cntk.ai/

 

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Episode 120 - Decentralized Reality with Blockchains

by Cale Teeter March 24, 2016

 

WARNING - GEEK episode! Cale takes us into the futuristic world of Blockchains and explains the technology to us mere mortals. We also explore what this means to host this technology on Azure.

Media file: http://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode120.mp3

Resources:

https://ethereum.github.io/solidity/
https://www.ethernodes.org/network/1
https://bitnodes.21.co/
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/marketplace/partners/consensys/blockapps-strato/
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/search/blog/?q=blockchain

Other resources and updates:

Microservices: An application revolution powered by the cloud
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/microservices-an-application-revolution-powered-by-the-cloud/

Developer's introduction to Azure IoT
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/developer-s-introduction-to-azure-iot/

Application Packages and Task Dependencies now available on Azure Batch
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/application-packages-and-task-dependencies-now-available-on-azure-batch/

Full text search of audio and video files
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/full-text-search-of-audio-and-video-files/

Transitioning to the Resource Manager model
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/transitioning-to-the-resource-manager-model/

 

 

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Episode 119 - Azure Data Lake

by Sujit D'Mello March 17, 2016

Cale and Sujit have a great chat with Azure Principal PM Arindam Chatterjee on the topic of Data Lake. Arindam demystifies the service for us and gives us some use-cases and scenarios where it makes sense to use it as opposed to other big data offerings from Azure.

Arindam Chatterjee is a Principal Program Manager in the Microsoft Azure Big Data team.  He comes to big data after extensive experience in Transaction Processing, Authentication & Authorization technologies in Windows Core OS, and designing the Microsoft Dynamics security model. Arindam and his team are now focused on building a scalable analytic workload service that your big data jobs can run on as efficiently and reliably as possible across thousands of machines. In addition, he is also responsible for making Azure Data Lake services ready for adoption by Enterprises by building the appropriate Security & Compliance features.

Media file: http://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode119.mp3

Azure Data Lake links:

 

Azure Data Lake in 100 seconds (Video)

Azure Data Lake landing page is here.

Twitter: @azuredatalake & @azure

 

Other updates:

Azure DevTest Lab is a service that helps developers and testers quickly create environments in Azure while minimizing waste and controlling cost. You can test the latest version of your application by quickly provisioning Windows and Linux environments using reusable templates and artifacts. Easily integrate your deployment pipeline with DevTest Lab to provision on-demand environments. Scale up your load testing by provisioning multiple test agents, and create pre-provisioned environments for training and demos.

From <https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/devtest-lab-overview/>

 

Today we are announcing the Docker Volume Plugin for Azure File Storage. Leveraging the SMB 3.0 protocol support capabilities of Azure File Storage on Linux. This open source Docker volume plugin allows Docker containers to have data volumes stored outside the Virtual Machine and therefore makes it easy to migrate stateful containers between hosts.

 

From <https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/persistent-docker-volumes-with-azure-file-storage/>

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Episode 118 - Azure Stack Update

by Sujit D'Mello March 10, 2016

Charles Joy from the Azure Stack team, joins us again for an update on the technical preview release of the product. He shares feedback received from customers and tips and tricks for getting ready for and testing Azure Stack.

Charles Joy

Media file: http://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode118.mp3

Azure Stack resources recommended by Charles:

http://aka.ms/AzureStackakaGuide
https://channel9.msdn.com/Shows/TechNet+Radio/TNR1635
https://channel9.msdn.com/events/TechNetVirtualConference/TechNetVC2016/Day-3-Azure-Stack-QA-with-Matt--Charles-and-Closing-Remarks
https://channel9.msdn.com/Shows/Mechanics/An-early-look-at-Azure-Stack-and-what-it-means-for-IT-with-Jeffrey-Snover

Other updates and resources:

http://buildazure.com/2016/02/10/free-ebook-building-cloud-apps-with-microsoft-azure-devops-availability-storage-more

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/azure-app-service-supports-v2-virtual-networks/

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/app-service-advisor-recommendations/

Announcing SQL Server on Linux
http://blogs.microsoft.com/blog/2016/03/07/announcing-sql-server-on-linux/


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

Using the Azure WebJobs SDK to create custom Slack integrations
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/using-the-azure-webjobs-sdk-to-create-custom-slack-extensions/

Migrating your CDN resources from the classic Azure portal to the new Azure portal
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/migrating-your-cdn-resources-from-the-classic-azure-portal-to-the-new-azure-portal/

Deploy Java Web Apps to Azure using Eclipse
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/deploy-java-web-apps-to-azure-using-eclipse/

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Episode 117 - Migrating Sharepoint to Azure

by Evan Basalik March 3, 2016

We have a nice technical chat with Brian Laws, a Cloud Architect with Summit 7 Systems, about how he migrated Sharepoint for a major customer to Azure.

 

Media file: http://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode117.mp3

Introducing the CloudPro: http://summit7systems.com/introducing-the-cloudpro/

Performance Impact of Premium Storage on Microsoft Azure: http://summit7systems.com/the-performance-impact-of-premium-storage-in-microsoft-azure/

 

Other updates:

New hybrid offerings deliver bottomless capacity for today's data explosion
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/microsoft-s-new-hybrid-offerings-deliver-bottomless-capacity-to-manage-today-s-data-explosion/

Azure Search introduces new lower cost tier in preview
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/azure-search-introduces-new-lower-cost-tier-in-preview/

Announcing general availability of the StorSimple Virtual Array
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/announcing-general-availability-of-the-storsimple-virtual-array/

Anatomy of a breach: How hackers break in
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/anatomy-of-a-breach-how-hackers-break-in/

Microsoft first global CSP to receive the Cloud Security Mark (Gold) accreditation
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/microsoft-first-global-csp-to-receive-the-cloud-security-mark-gold-accreditation/

Guidance for running Elasticsearch on Azure
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/elasticsearch-on-azure-guidance/

Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection
http://blogs.microsoft.com/firehose/2016/03/01/microsoft-announces-windows-defender-advanced-threat-protection-for-enterprise-customers/

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Episode 116 - Machine Learning & Data Science

by Evan Basalik February 24, 2016

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Episode 115 - Azure SQL Data Warehouse

by Sujit D'Mello February 18, 2016

The guys have a great chat with Matt Usher, a Senior PM in the Azure team, on the Azure SQL Data Warehouse. Matt gives us the low-down on the  service and also provides some deep insights into the MPP technology used in the service. 

Azure SQL Data Warehouse Overview: http://aka.ms/sqldw
Create a new SQL Data Warehouse: http://aka.ms/newsqldw
Matt's Twitter: http://twitter.com/two_under

Media file: http://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode115.mp3

Other updates for the week:

New Storage Explorer http://storageexplorer.com - cross platform tool and actively maintained.

Announcing more open options and choice on Microsoft Azure
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/more-open-source-innovation-azure/

Build an Azure App Service to record Raspberry Pi Sensor Data
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/build-an-azure-app-service-to-record-raspberry-pi-sensor-data/

Guidance for enterprises looking to take their application portfolio to the cloud
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/guidance-for-enterprises-looking-to-take-their-application-portfolio-to-the-cloud/

Azure welcomes Parse developers
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/azure-welcomes-parse-developers/

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/ssl-connection-pricing-changes/
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/swagger-support-for-azure-mobile-apps-net-server-sdk/

 

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Episode 114 - SendGrid - You have mail

by Sujit D'Mello February 11, 2016

Cale and Sujit talk to Sam Gabor, who owns Advanced Trading Solutions, and discuss his foray into Azure, especially the SendGrid service for sending email. He offers valuable advice and tips for developers that want to incorporate sending email into their applications.

 

Media file: http://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode114.mp3

Sam's tips on using SendGrid:

  1. CAN-SPAM Act Info: https://www.ftc.gov/tips-advice/business-center/guidance/can-spam-act-compliance-guide-business Pay close attention to this part: “Each separate email in violation of the CAN-SPAM Act is subject to penalties of up to $16,000” In a bulk e-mail scenario, that can be disastrous!

  2. SendGrid API Docs: https://sendgrid.com/docs/API_Reference/

  3. Mail tester site: https://www.mail-tester.com/

  4. Some pointers on increasing e-mail deliverability:

    1. White-label domains that send e-mail through SendGrid (https://support.sendgrid.com/hc/en-us/articles/200548228-All-You-Need-to-Know-About-Whitelabeling )

    2. Use http://mail-tester.com to score e-mails transmitted through SendGrid

    3. Always check SPAM reports in the SendGrid dashboard and act on them promptly.

 

 

Other updates:

You can transfer a subscription to a colleague
https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/azure/mt130656.aspx

 

Export Band Data
http://winsupersite.com/microsoft-band/xportband-export-microsoft-band-data-gpx-file-format

 

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/price-reduction-for-azure-media-indexer/

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/azure-search-indexer-for-azure-blob-storage-now-in-public-preview/ 

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/azure-premium-storage-available-in-more-regions/

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/announcing-early-preview-of-azure-paas-services-and-devops-tools-for-azure-stack/

 

 

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Episode 113 - Azure's People Services

by Sujit D'Mello February 1, 2016

The guys chat with Russell Young, who has joined Microsoft as a Principal PFE specializing in supporting customers with Azure Development. Russell’s passion is helping customers with their cloud and mobile strategies, as well as planning, designing and architecting modern software solutions. He shares some of his experiences with Azure. 

Media file: http://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode113.mp3

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoftservices/premier_support_developers.aspx

 

Big news from last week - Azure Stack is now available in Preview:

List of related links - http://aka.ms/azurestackakaguide

Help Forum - http://aka.ms/azurestackforum
Suggestions for Azure Stack - http://aka.ms/azurestackuservoice

 

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