Azure Connectors, the DMZ 2.0?

Hi, I wanted to write this blog post because I’m often facing hard resistance from customers working with the Cloud and Hybrid Architectures regarding some security aspects. A very well-known way to secure access to on-premises resources is by using a buffer perimeter called a DMZ, which is something everybody knows, including junior developers because…


Azure Content Spotlight – Azure Service Fabric Mesh (Preview)

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 Azure Service Fabric Mesh, which is now in preview. Azure Service Fabric Mesh offers a fully managed service for developers to deploy microservices applications without managing the infrastructure,…

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Understanding Azure MSI (Managed Service Identity) tokens & caching

Hi, Now that Azure MSI turned generally available for App Services and Azure Functions, there is no more excuse not to use it. As a recap, Azure MSI is a great way to develop more secure applications and to setup more secure environments. The reason for this is mostly because it saves you from having…


Azure Firewall, a step towards a “managed” NVA?

Hi, Microsoft recently made Azure Firewall available in public preview. This Firewall as a Service offers a new way to protect and control network traffic via both network and application rules. At the time of writing, Azure Firewall is used to control outbound traffic only. Network rules are similar to what you can do with NSG…


Azure Content Spotlight – Free Serverless eBook

Welcome to another Azure Content Spotlight! These articles are used to highlight items in Azure that could be more visible to the Azure community. Jeremy Lickness published a great new eBook called: ‘Serverless apps: Architecture, patterns, and Azure implementation’. This book covers how to architect and create serverless applications on Azure and it highlights the benefits and exposes…

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Azure Content Spotlight – Video Indexer

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 Video Indexer. The Video Indexer is part of the AI offering of Microsoft and offers an application and platform built upon media AI technologies. It offers features to extract insights from…

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Azure Content Spotlight – Microsoft Research Open Data

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 Microsoft Research Open Data, a new data repository in the cloud dedicated to facilitating collaboration across the global research community. It offers datasets representing many years of data research which…

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Azure Content Spotlight – Blockchain Workbench

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 Blockchain Workbench. In public preview, the Blockchain Workbench is designed to face-track the creation of blockchain projects with simplified development and pre-built networking and infrastructure. Getting…

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Book Review: Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions – Exam Guide 70-535

Exam 70-535, Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions, is a Microsoft exam designed to measure key capabilities in implementing Azure solutions. The exam covers many aspects of Azure and requires the candidate to have a solid understanding of all Azure blades and their features. The exam has a focus on design and determining why and when specific…

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Passwordless Windows and Azure (mini) Questions and Answers

Microsoft announced a while ago that passwordless authentication is coming to Windows 10. Sjoukje also brought it to attention on this blog: http://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/azuredev/2018/04/26/azure-content-spotlight-password-less-sign-in-to-azure-windows-10/ Having “unboxed” two new Yubikeys I decided to do an introductory post on the topic. Well, more like a mini Q&A really. While the announcement was clear enough in the message “let’s…

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