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Containing Cloud Calamities

The most vulnerable components of any system are those that have moving parts. In the case of information technology (IT) systems, that means storage devices. The motors that spin the disks, the mechanism that moves the read/write arm, all have the potential to wear down and fail. That’s true even in the most sophisticated, well-designed, […]

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ROCK the IT Skills Gap with Hanu

Think the IT skills gap is a myth? There are currently 607,708 open computing jobs nationwide, but only 42,969 computer science students graduated into the workforce last year. Who will fill over half a million open positions? “IDC reports that business investment in digital transformation initiatives will reach $2.2 trillion worldwide by 2019,” says Jason […]

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Open Source in Azure

Recently I was visiting with a customer for a pre-sales activity. They are new to Azure, but have a few years under their belt with AWS. During the discussion, they mentioned that they had few .NET applications that could take advantage of Azure. This is not the first time I have heard this statement, that […]

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Cloud Vision: Your BHAG Drives Your Journey

The reasons that CIOs decide to make their journey to the cloud vary, but having goals for their transition has been consistently beneficial. One powerful way in which Microsoft drives its success is by requiring everyone in the company to “eat their own dog food” and use their products in their work.  In 2014, Microsoft […]

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Deployments Made Easier with Azure Resource Manager (ARM)

Many resources combine to provide a complete Azure service for your applications.  These include virtual machines (VM), your storage account, web apps, databases, and your virtual network (VLAN). Originally, when you managed an Azure environment you created, deployed, and managed each of these separately. When adjustments needed to be made, you went to the required […]

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An Intro to Secure App Services in Azure

As we see the upswing in customers moving their application to Microsoft Azure Platform as a Service (PaaS) there is often questions around public IP addresses. It’s true that App Service Plans have a public IP. But most have never heard of the Azure App Service Environment (ASE). The ASE is way to deploy your […]

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Controlled Self-Service – A Resource-Control Requirement

The first of the five essential characteristics of cloud computing as defined by NIST is “On-demand self-service. A consumer can unilaterally provision computing capabilities, such as server time and network storage, as needed automatically without requiring human interaction with each service’s provider.” While many ask “where will that self-service portal come from?” and many vendors […]