Azure SQL DB in 1. 2. 3.

Platform as a Service (PaaS) solutions in Azure provide significant benefits that allow our customers to focus their efforts on providing a solution to their business rather than spending a significant effort patching, securing, and evergreening their traditional infrastructure.  Azure SQL Database, for example, provides a database as a service.  With Azure SQL Database, a…

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New Azure VPN Gateway SKU’s provide much higher bandwidth for hybrid workloads

Background:  Education customers, particularly Higher Education customers, tend to invest in Internet connectivity differently than the average company focused on making or selling widgets.  Commodity Internet connectivity investments are measured in multiple Gigabits/Sec of bandwidth for many of these customers.  A good number of my EDU customers are members of Internet2 (I2), a networking consortium…


Automatic Long Term Retention for Azure SQL Backup – Cloud Recipes

Chef Gillani   Many applications have regulatory, compliance, or other business purposes that require you to retain automatic full database backups beyond the 7-35 days provided by Azure SQL Database automatic backups. By using the long-term backup retention feature, you can “store your SQL database backups in an Azure Recovery Services vault for up to…

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Virtual Machine Readiness Assessment Tool – Cloud Recipes

Chef Gillani   Move to the cloud with confidence The Virtual Machines Readiness Assessment tool will automatically inspect your on-premises environment, whether it is physical or virtualized, and provide you with a check list and detailed report on steps you need to take to move your environment to the cloud. Automated Assessment This tool will…

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Virtual Machine Optimization Assessment Tool – Cloud Recipes

Chef Gillani   Ever wished you could have a Microsoft engineer personally tune up your Azure Virtual Machines? Here’s the next best thing. The free Virtual Machine Optimization Tool automatically inspects SQL Server, Active Directory, and SharePoint deployments and provides a detailed set of prioritized recommendations and step-by-step instructions for improvement. Aimed especially at IT…

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CPUs, GPUs, TPUs, oh my!

Introduction With the rebirth of AI, the demand for computing has gone through the roof. If you break up an AI program broadly into learning and inference parts, many of the learning algorithms take weeks to execute on traditional CPUs as more and more pertinent data becomes available. CPU clock speeds are flattening and it’s…

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Docker Swarm on Azure

  Introduction As an application programmer dabbling in infrastructure, I am always looking at abstracting away the complexities of the infrastructure which allows me to focus on my application. Consequently, I am a big fan of Platform as a Service (PaaS) but I also realize some of it’s limitations of it 9;s adoption in the…

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Azure Cognitive API in action

I did some search and assembled together a POC for a University Health Center and wanted to share details in case others have similar project. The use case involves providing captions in different languages for an interview between a patient and a clinician. The application was being written in Node.js. This is what I did…

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How can I get started with Kubernetes using Azure Container Service?

  I had a university customer in the northwest ask me about how to get quickly started with the newer Kubernetes cluster deployed via Azure Container Service (ACS). I had not played with it much so I put together a quick walkthrough of how to get a Kubernetes cluster built using Azure Container Service and…

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How can I get started with Azure Machine Learning?

  This was a question from a university researcher in the Pacific northwest. The good news is our Azure Machine Learning or Azure ML is a powerful native Platform as a Service (PaaS) offering which has been around since 2015.   I put together a FAQ around Azure ML: What is our definition of Machine Learning?…

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New managed disk storage option for your Azure VMs

  Available this week there is a new simplified and optimized storage option for your Azure virtual machine called managed disks.  There are several advantages of managed disks vs. unmanaged disks with storage accounts. Here are a few: Elimination of manual Storage Account management for Azure VMs Elimination of 20,000 IOPS Storage Account limit 8…

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How can you associate your Office 365 Azure AD to an existing Azure Subscription?

  This was a question from an education customer in the southwest.  They had been using Azure for about two years in production and now were standing up Office 365 and Azure AD  with AAD Connect associated to an existing EOP Azure AD tenant.  The customer question became how can you join an existing Azure…

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Changing VM Sizes in Azure

  I had a few customers ask me if they could really move up and down in Azure VM SKU types dynamically so I put together a quick FAQ and Best practices to help make this clear:  Best practices:  1) Build big and start small – Determine what size of VM you may need in…

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Oracle Workloads on Azure

Workload Azure Target Guidance Oracle Database Linux or Windows VMs Oracle Database can be installed, on the same OS and closest equivalent VM size, on Azure as currently running on-premise. If Oracle is running on bare metal in on-premise then some overhead needs to be added as Azure is a virtualized env. Most customers use…

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Azure Site Recovery Video Series

Our education customers across the country put forth a significant effort to ensure their environments are resilient, highly available, and protected from data loss. They most commonly achieve this using backup software combined with offsite tape storage, or replication of their backups to Azure for long term storage. Often, however, I hear stories of organizations…

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