What Azure content would you like to see?


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What Azure content would you like to see?

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Comments (17)

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  2. Abram Hollon says:

    What is Azure and why is it so complicated?

    1. Abram, Ha! Okay, so that’s one perspective.

      Another perspective is that building an application that scales with resiliency, reduced latency, increased security, and upgrades without downtime… that becomes the complicated task. In fact, it might seem impossible, especially when faced with the costs of running your own server farm and building your own supporting services. Suddenly having a cloud-based solution like Azure that makes the impossible become possible… that actually makes things substantially uncomplicated.

      But from the perspective of someone who isn’t a developer or an IT Pro (such as a business user, or maybe someone technical who is accustomed to plug-and-play solutions), then we also have services for that perspective as well:
      1. Power BI – This brings the strength of analysis services and reporting from the BI Pro to spreadsheet users! – https://powerbi.microsoft.com/
      2. PowerApps – Connect data from the cloud and make your own business apps—no coding required! – https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/
      3. Flow – Automate tasks by integrating your apps, without the need of an IT Pro! – https://flow.microsoft.com/en-us/

      These are part of the Microsoft Business Application Platform, built for business users (not Developers, IT Pros, or BI Pros). And it’s all built on Azure.

    2. All that was to answer your second question (the loaded one). Your first question was, “What is Azure?”

      https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/

      Microsoft Azure is an open, flexible, enterprise-grade cloud computing platform. Move faster, do more, and save money. That’s the two-sentence explanation. I’d also add, (1) Increase Security, (2) Say Goodbye to Upgrade Downtime, (3) Scale Beyond What You Think is Possible, (4) Increase Resiliency, and (4) Greatly Reduce Latency.

      Thanks!

  3. al says:

    I’d like to see some practical applications of Data Partitioning, sort of given a real problem what are the options available. Even short focused examples that highlights the best use of data partitioning.

    1. Great insights. Thanks, Al!

  4. Rudi says:

    I hope to see better examples of how to cater for a regional growth of an application. As a startup, we started in the EU, but are now finding it hard to move into multiple regions, with the same codebase AND the same data. We are on Azure App Services and SQL Azure, we do not need ‘hyperscale’, we do not need SaaS, Multi-Tenant features, we need data partitioning/sharding. Moving from CRUD to CQRS, moving from the monolith to MicroServices, moving from a single team (on VSTS) to multiple, moving from VS deployment to DevOps, develop locally deploy to an Azure Test/QA/PRD environment (like in the demo of VS2017)

    1. This is a great scenario! Thanks, Rudi.

      I’d also like to invite you to our customer feedback programs, if you’re interested:
      http://aka.ms/AzureAdvisors

      Thanks again!

  5. I would like to see a load balanced CRM 2016 (Dynamics 365) Setup using Azure as IaaS including ADFS and IFD. Do you have a Whitepaper for it? I would especially be interested how to configure the Azure NLB and the Azure WaF correctly. Would love to see that. thx!

    1. Thanks for the feedback, Tugay! I’m adding it to our list.

  6. Dean says:

    I would be very interested in seeing examples of an extensive development project based solely on Azure Functions (and surrounding services). Something more than the picture resizing example previously spotlighted as a use case.

    For example, a platform that accepted CSV imports, provides CSV exports, generates PDF documents sent via an email, in addition to general data manipulation. It would be interesting to see how the platform is organized around a group of C# Functions triggered by different events.

    1. Dean, I’m digging on this one a bit with the Functions Advisors and the product team.

    2. Dean, I got some good feedback and validation around this. I also found a few articles that are examples using Azure Functions (but I think it would be great to also have your examples)…

      Monitoring Exchange ActiveSync with Azure Functions: https://contos.io/monitoring-exchange-activesync-with-azure-functions-34fc4d13401c

      Azure Logic Apps: Dynamic Hello World using Azure Functions inside Logic Apps – https://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/33927.azure-logic-apps-dynamic-hello-world-using-azure-functions-inside-logic-apps.aspx

      Azure Logic Apps: Calling Azure Functions inside Logic Apps – https://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/33999.azure-logic-apps-calling-azure-functions-inside-logic-apps.aspx

      Azure Functions – Entity Framework – https://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/37625.azure-functions-entity-framework.aspx

      Visual Studio Azure Function Template (preview) – https://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/36943.visual-studio-azure-function-template-preview.aspx

  7. Vishal says:

    It would be good to see Google GCP to Azure services comparison just like AWS to Azure services comparison.

    1. Great. Thanks, Vishal. I’ll pass this one on to the Azure Architecture Center team (patterns & practices).

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