Hello world! Welcome to AzureCAT Guidance!

Welcome to the AzureCAT Guidance blog! What is AzureCAT? CAT stands for “Customer Advisory Team.” We work with customers who act as feedback Advisors back to our product teams, by working on engagements with those customers and building ground-breaking solutions! We then have unique lessons we’ve learned from those solutions. And, thus, we publish them back…


Cloud SOLID Part I: Cloud Architecture and the Single Responsibility Principle

Authored by Casey Watson. Edited by RoAnn Corbisier. Reviewed by Rick Rainey and Kirk Evans. This article is also available as a Whitepaper PDF download on Azure.com: Whitepaper Download What is SOLID? First introduced in 2003 by Robert “Uncle Bob” Martin, SOLID principles are a set of prescriptive guidelines that, when followed, can help developers write code…


AzureCAT – Technical Customer Stories

The blog has moved! This page will be removed on 3/20. You can find this blog post over at our new site here: https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/AzureCAT/AzureCAT-Technical-Customer-Stories/ba-p/306225   Last Updated: 2/11/19 Over in this blog post, we mentioned why we’re named AzureCAT: CAT stands for “Customer Advisory Team.” We work with customers who act as feedback Advisors back…


What Azure content would you like to see?

AzureCAT is a customer engagement team (“CAT” stands for Customer Advisory Team). And along the way, we want to share our insights and best practices with you! What Azure content would you like to see? First, please review our existing content on AzureCAT’s CATalogue page: http://aka.ms/theCATalogue Next, leave a comment with your answer! What Azure…


Azure Data Architecture Guide – Blog #8: Data warehousing

In our eighth blog in this series, we’ll continue to explore the Azure Data Architecture Guide. The previous entries for this blog series are: Azure Data Architecture Guide – Blog #1: Introduction Azure Data Architecture Guide – Blog #2: On-demand big data analytics Azure Data Architecture Guide – Blog #3: Advanced analytics and deep learning Azure Data…

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Hybrid Cloud Architecture on Azure – Portal

UPDATED: 12/09/18 As cloud migration continues to evolve, hybrid architectures that enable companies to take advantage of both on-premises and cloud resources are a valuable tool. Hybrid architectures allow for a staged migration where cloud-based cost savings and efficiency are immediately realized for apps and data that are ready to move now, while essential mainframe…

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Parallel File Systems for HPC Storage on Azure

UPDATE: We now have a comprehensive eBook with even more information and resources on this topic! Click here to learn about our “Parallel Virtual File Systems on Microsoft Azure” eBook!   Authored by Tony Wu (AzureCAT) and Tycen Hopkins. Edited by RoAnn Corbisier. Reviewed by Larry Brader, Xavier Pillons, Ed Price, Alan Stephenson, Elizabeth Kim,…

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Mainframe Migration to Azure – Portal

UPDATED: 2/13/19 Mainframe systems were once the norm, but most companies are now looking to the cloud to replace antiquated and expensive-to-maintain mainframes. Companies can realize substantial savings if they can migrate equivalent functionality to Microsoft Azure. In many cases, mainframe workloads can be replicated in Azure with no loss of functionality and without users even noticing…

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Using Azure Management APIs to Get Data About Your Deployed Resources

Authored by Abhisek Banerjee, Rangarajan Srirangam, Mandar Inamdar, and Rakesh Patil. Edited by Nanette Ray, Tycen Hopkins, and Mark Simms. Reviewed by Mark Simms, Manbeen Kohli, and Mike Wasson. This article is also available as a Whitepaper PDF download on Azure.com: Whitepaper Download Overview This article and the accompanying sample files show you how to collect…

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Using a custom Service Fabric configuration provider with ASP.NET Core

Authored by Mike Wasson (AzureCAT). Reviewed by Vaclav Turecek. Edited by Nanette Ray and RoAnn Corbisier. This sample shows how to expose Service Fabric configuration settings to ASP.NET Core, using the ASP.NET Core configuration API. You can find the sample files on GitHub at ServiceFabric-AspNetCore-Sample. ASP.NET Core uses configuration providers to load application settings at runtime. This sample implements a custom…

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