Azure Content Spotlight – ASOS: How they migrated from local monolith to microservices in Azure

Welcome to another Azure Content Spotlight! These articles are used to highlight items in Azure that could be more visible to the Azure community. In a series on Microsoft Mechanics called “How we built it”, the lead architect from the British online fashion retailer ASOS describes the design goals and motivation for moving from an…

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Transitioning from On-Prem Virtual Machines to More Cost Effective Azure Cloud Models

Transitioning from On-Prem VMs to the Cloud via ‘Lift-and-Shift’ On February 14th, 2017, the last of my company’s physical servers were powered-off and then scheduled to be unracked and boxed for shipping out of the co-location hosting data centre. The physical servers that my company had invested in and setup to power our development, testing,…

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Using ADFS as an Identity Provider for Azure AD B2C

Using Azure AD B2C with “regular” Azure AD enabled some new and useful scenarios. Let’s take logins further along the same track while we are at it. To not repeat myself I will assume you have at least skimmed through the previous article: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/azuredev/2017/05/30/azure-ad-b2c-kicking-it-up-a-notch-with-support-for-aad-as-idp/ The integration between B2C and AAD is done through the support…

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CQRS in Azure – Part 4

In CQRS in Azure Part 1, CQRS was defined and context was provided to explain why the pattern is relevant to building solutions in Azure.  CQRS in Azure – Part 2 and CQRS in Azure – part 3 illustrates the pattern by using a fictitious inventory system in order provide potential strategies for addressing the…

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Registering your application in the new Application Portal

In my earlier post: Microsoft Identities: What’s new, I briefly talked about the new Application Portal for application registration in Azure. In this post, I want to show how you can register your application in the new portal. No more manually registering your application in Azure Active Directory using the Azure Portal, from the Microsoft…

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Use Azure DevTest Labs for Training

One area of Azure that I like to highlight in my conversations with companies as an over-looked digital-transformation enabler is DevTest Labs. Microsoft released Azure DevTest Labs on May 2016 but customers have since found many creative uses for it beyond software development and testing environments. There is no additional cost for the services of…

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Azure Content Spotlight – Azure Active Directory v2 Endpoint

Welcome to another Azure Content Spotlight! These articles are used to highlight items in Azure that could be more visible to the Azure community. This week’s content spotlight is about the Azure Active Directory v2 endpoint. Cloud and mobile applications have different sign-in requirements than traditional on-premises applications. The Microsoft Azure Active Directory v2 endpoint provides…

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Azure Content Spotlight – Azure Cosmos DB

Welcome to another Azure Content Spotlight! These articles are used to highlight items in Azure that could be more visible to the Azure community. Azure Cosmos DB is Microsoft’s globally distributed database service designed to allow customers to scale throughput and storage across any number of geographical regions.  The main issue Azure Cosmos DB is…

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