Azure Administrator Account Security

In this short post I wanted to share a couple of recommendations that I give to customers to ensure their Azure administrator accounts are secured. Because the resources you deploy in Azure (or any cloud for that matter) are in all likelihood critical to running your business, you need to ensure the credentials themselves used…

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Using Managed Service Identities in Functions to Access Key Vault

In my previous blog post I walked through a scenario leveraging Azure Functions and Event Grid to handle blob replication between storage accounts. There was one piece of that solution that I wasn’t particular fond of, and that was the fact that I had the storage account connection string hard coded in the Function itself….

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Storage Account Replication with Functions and Event Grid

In this blog post we’re going to take a look at how we can create a serverless solution to enable a custom replication capability in Azure Storage. We’re going to be storing data in an Azure Blob Storage Account, and will use the newly released Event Grid service to enable replication using an Azure Function….

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Just enough Azure for Hadoop – Part 4

This blog is part 4 of a series that covers relevant Azure fundamentals – concepts/terminology you need to know, in the context of Hadoop.  While the first three touched on Azure infrastructure aspects, this one covers Azure PaaS Data Services.  There are a number of them – I have touched on the ones relevant.  In…


Staying Current With Azure Updates

One of the frequent questions I get from customers is how to stay up to date on all the latest and greatest happenings on Azure. Given the nature (and benefit) of a cloud platform, enhancements are rolled out constantly and it can be hard to keep track of all the things that we release to…

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Just enough Azure for Hadoop – Part 2

This blog is part 2 of a series that covers relevant Azure fundamentals – concepts/terminology you need to know, in the context of Hadoop.  Some of the content is a copy of Azure documentation (full credit to the Azure documentation team).  I have compiled relevant information into a single post, along with my commentary, to…


Just enough Azure for Hadoop – Part 3

This blog is part 3 of a series that covers relevant Azure fundamentals – concepts/terminology that you need to know, in the context of Hadoop.  Some of the content is a copy of Azure documentation (full credit to the Azure documentation team).  I have attempted to compile relevant information into a single post, along with…


Just enough Azure for Hadoop – Part 1

Motivation for this blog… On my last day at my former workplace, where I mostly worked on customer Hadoop projects on AWS, a colleague got a project that involved provisioning an IaaS Hadoop cluster on Azure; We were stumped and scrambling to figure out – there was no guide with just enough information about Azure…


Azure Storage Account Security

There have been a number of recent high profile data exposures related to storage of data within cloud services. Often times data isn’t properly secured in these services, leaving sensitive data exposed and putting customers and businesses at risk. Azure Blob storage is a great method to cost effectively store data, from key/value pairs to…

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Understanding Idempotence and Scope in Azure Resource Manager Templates

Azure resources can be provisioned and modified a multitude of ways, through the portal, via PowerShell or through templates. In this post we’re going to take a look at the latter method, and specifically how the concept of idempotence and scope plays a role in template deployments. If you’ve never heard the term before, the…

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