2 New Azure Service Fabric Customer Profiles for Ignite: ABBYY & FunRock

At the Microsoft Ignite event, the Azure Service Fabric team unveiled two new Technical Customer Profiles! Let’s dig in! ===================== ABBYY is a software company that provides optical character recognition, document capture, and language software for PCs and mobile devices. More than 40 million people from over 200 countries use ABBYY products, technologies, solutions, and…

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Cloud SOLID Part II: Cloud Architecture and the Open/Closed Principle

Authored by Casey Watson (AzureCAT). Edited by RoAnn Corbisier. Reviewed by Jonathan Gardner (AzureCAT), Michiel van Otegem (AzureCAT), and Shawn Weisfeld (One Commercial Partner). This is the second article in the Cloud SOLID series. If you haven’t done so already, you may want to begin by reading the first article, Cloud SOLID Part I: Cloud…


Azure GAHP Server for HTCondor

Authored by Rangarajan Srirangam (AzureCAT) and Rakesh Patil (AzureCAT). Reviewed by Jamie Frey (University of Wisconsin), Brij Jashal (Tata Institute of Fundamental Sciences), Tony Wu (AzureCAT), Xavier Pillons (AzureCAT) and Suren Machiraju (AzureCAT). Edited by Anna Forse and RoAnn Corbisier.   Overview The University of Wisconsin and the Microsoft Azure CAT team have collaborated to develop an…

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SAP HANA on Azure (Large Instances) Setup – New Whitepaper

We have a new whitepaper that provides step-by-step instructions, including screenshots, on how to deploy SAP HANA on Azure Large Instances. Use this guide to prepare your Large Instances for HANA installation. Download the Whitepaper. Authored by Sachin Ghorpade from the Azure Customer Advisory Team (AzureCAT). Definitions Let’s understand the various terms used in this…

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Deploy a collectd agent in a Kubernetes cluster on Azure

Authored by Stas Kondratiev. Edited by Nanette Ray. Reviewed by Ben Hummerstone. To gather metrics about your Kubernetes cluster in Azure, you can collect telemetry from the nodes and store it in Graphite, InfluxDb, or another time-series database. This article describes how to use collectd, a popular daemon that collects system and application metrics and…

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Run Star-CCM+ in an Azure HPC Cluster

Authored by Taylor Newill. Edited by Nanette Ray. Reviewed by Steve Roach, Ben Hummerstone, and Xavier Pillons. This article is also available as a Whitepaper PDF download on Azure.com: Whitepaper Download With this template, you can quickly set up and benchmark a high-performance computing (HPC) cluster in the Microsoft Azure environment as a proof of concept for…


Azure Monitoring and Analytics at Scale

Authored by Michael Thomassy and Tycen Hopkins. Edited by RoAnn Corbisier. Reviewed by Jeff Fattic. Monitoring health and usage information is a critical maintenance task for any site or application. Azure provides several tools to help you track and interpret events generated by your solutions, but as traffic and workload scales up to very high…


AzureCAT Guidance – What Content Should We Refresh?

Earlier, we asked you what Azure content you’d like to see. And we’re digging into the opportunities around your excellent feedback. Now, we ask you… What AzureCAT content should we refresh? First, please review our existing content on AzureCAT’s CATalogue page: http://aka.ms/theCATalogue Next, leave a comment with your answer! What AzureCAT content should we refresh? What specifically is out…

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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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Implementing GlusterFS on Azure (HPC Scalable Parallel File System)

Authored by Rakesh Patil (AzureCAT). Edited by Nanette Ray and RoAnn Corbisier. Introduction Recently, AzureCAT worked with a customer to set up GlusterFS, a free, scalable, open source distributed file system that works great for applications hosted on Microsoft Azure. Like our customer, you too can make the most of common, off-the-shelf hardware by using…

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