Essential Considerations for Azure Architectural Planning

Getting started in Azure is easy to do, and you can have production workloads running in the cloud in very little time. However, there are some essential aspects of the Azure platform that require some forethought and planning. While it is easy to get up and running quickly, without the necessary planning in some areas,…

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Configuring ARM on Azure GC

**Update 6-12-2016: We posted additional details on Azure Government and PowerShell here. **Update 4-9-2016: The Azure Module no longer requires switch-mode and as such, these references have been removed. The Azure Government environment is now part of the install and is no longer required to be manually added–these instructions have been updated. This example starts with…

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Azure Backup on Azure Government

Azure Backup is a secure, scalable, and reliable solution that protects your application data; It enables you to supplement your current backup solution or replace it entirely without the usual high cost of adding capacity (thus lowering the total cost of backing up your data), while still maintaining backups of your data for many years….

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How To: Use the Azure CLI with Azure Government

The Azure CLI provides a cross platform command line interface for working with Azure. If you are on Windows you might want to take a look at PowerShell, see Ryan’s post here on how to configure that. Install the CLI Follow the instructions here. Be sure to get the latest version of the CLI (later…

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Building Media Indexing and Analysis Solutions for Law Enforcement on Azure Government

Introduction In the law enforcement community, the number of media assets continue to grow by the day. From video captured from body worn cameras as well as audio recordings captured from 911 call dispatch and prison inmate phone calls, the prevalence of media assets within the law enforcement community is becoming a critical business asset…


What type of SQL on Azure is right for me?

***** NOTE: take a look at this video, while not Azure Gov specific, it goes into much more depth on this topic: https://channel9.msdn.com/Series/SAIIK-SQL-Server-on-Azure-IaaS-Implementation-Kit/SAIIK-PaaS-vs-IaaS   I get asked this question frequently by customers. Figured I would share my thoughts on the topic with you guys, and some links to some helpful resources.   First thing you…

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Deciding on the right number of Azure Subscriptions for your ISV solution

I work with a number of independent software vendors (ISVs) that are building solutions for or moving existing solutions to Azure. After they see our enterprise portal, I commonly get a question on if they need to separate their workload across multiple subscriptions. The answer to this question is complicated and depends a lot on…

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Distributing load across Azure Regions using Azure Traffic Manager

NOTE: I implemented the below example using the Azure Government cloud, however this technique will work exactly the same using the public Azure cloud. Before we get started take a look at my other article on how I set up my 3 VMs in a cloud service and wrote a little client app to showcase…

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Implement automatic failover with load balanced sets to ensure high availability of VM workloads in Azure where only one VM can respond to requests at a time

NOTE: I implemented the below example using the Azure Government cloud, however this technique will work exactly the same using the public Azure cloud. If you are using the public Azure cloud take a look at our Application Gateway offering, it does layer 7 load balancing and supports sticky sessions (http://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/services/application-gateway/) So you have an…

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Configuring High Availability for IaaS Virtual Machines

NOTE: I implemented the below example using the Azure Government cloud, however this technique will work exactly the same using the public Azure cloud. To ensure a highly available service you want to run at least two IaaS virtual machines in a load balanced set. In this post we will build a basic stateless ASP.NET…

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