Category : Blog

Another Engineer Blamed for Poor Process

Back in March, I wrote about the poor Amazon engineer who accidentally brought down a portion of the Internet by removing a larger than expected number of servers from operation in AWS S3. That made for a bad day. Well it seems that something else happened in March, around the…

The Future of Enterprise Architecture

The question I’m asking myself today is, is there a future in Enterprise Architecture? That’s a tough question, I admit. And the answer seems fairly clear on both sides. OF COURSE, there’s a future. Companies need specialists who can shape their organization to match their business goals. Just like airlines…

Joy unconfined! Microsoft ships Azure-friendly Visual Studio 2017

Microsoft has released Visual Studio 2017, after three months of testing of the release candidate version. The updated software promises a more componentized package enabling users to pick-and-choose what they install, faster load times, and features enabling developers to more easily publish their apps in the Microsoft Azure cloud. Source:…

What Are Azure Managed Disks?

  Managed Disks are a relatively new concept in Azure. Worth checking this out to understand what they are and why you’d choose that option. In more complex scenarios, such as using Virtual Machine Scale Sets (VMSS) to create thousands of identical VMs, Managed Disks automate storage account scale management….

Exam Voucher Offer Details

For those interested in the Azure Exam Package, that contains a free exam voucher with retake, and free practice test, it’s important to read the terms and conditions on this page: Azure Single Shot In particular, the vouchers must be used (booked and taken) within 3 months. The vouchers are only…

One Engineer’s Simple Mistake…

Having 20 years working with production systems for major worldwide brands, stories like this really touch home. In case you missed it, many major websites were knocked offline on Tuesday (including one client I work with) when the Amazon S3 service in the main US region (similar to Azure Blob storage)…

Study for the Microsoft 70-532 Developing Azure Solutions Exam With This New Course

Check out this promo video for my new course, 70-532 Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions Certification, now available on Udemy. Check out the discount coupon embedded below the video if you want to save some money on that. Thanks for checking it out, and I hope to see you inside the…

You can now have your Azure invoices emailed directly to your inbox

Finally! I need this. I can’t tell you how many times I racked up a bill for services that I didn’t even know were running. Actually, I’m going to investigate billing and resource usage alerts now too. Azure administrators can download the billing invoice and daily usage from the Azure…

Azure Service Fabric – Microsoft’s New Microservices Platform

Maybe you’re heard of the Azure Service Fabric (or maybe not), but WHY would you choose to develop a Services Fabric app? Web Apps seem fine, don’t they? Microservices is a relatively new thing on the cloud computing scene, and it’s the newest way to develop an application that is…

AllRecipes Migrating to Microsoft Azure

AllRecipes, founded in 1997, has undertaken a two-year migration to Microsoft Azure’s IaaS public cloud. AllRecipes services 1.5 billion visitors each year who view an average of 95 recipes per second, 66% of which are done on mobile devices. Source: Need a holiday recipe? AllRecipes and Microsoft Azure cloud have…