Why Azure Availability Zones

Working with several Microsoft ISVs around the world, I heard loud and clear about an important missing capability from Azure: there was no way to be protected by an entire datacenter failure, and maintaining at the same time synchronous state replication for an application or service. The only option was to deploy in a different…

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Azure SQL Data Sync Test Drive and First Impressions

Azure SQL Data Sync is a service of Azure SQL Database that enables you to synchronize relational data you select across multiple cloud databases and SQL Server instances, in uni-directional or bi-directional way. This service is already in public preview, then you don’t need to enable, it is already here but you will pay for…

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Using PowerShell as an Azure ARM REST API Client

Yes, this is probably another post explaining how to use Azure ARM REST API using PowerShell, I am aware of this, but what I would like to show you is something deeper in the Azure platform that you may not have noticed or seen before. Fortunately, Microsoft provides many SDKs for almost all your favorite…

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My personal Azure FAQ on Azure Networking (v3)

Last updated: April 6th, 2017. IMPORTANT: The information I reported in this post is time sensitive since may change in the future. I will try to maintain the content updated, but you should double-check with official Azure documentation sources. This is v3 of my previously published blog posts below, I will maintain previous versions for…

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Azure Managed Disks Deep Dive, Lessons Learned and Benefits

[bing_translator] Introduction Managed Disks have been recently released for production (February 2017), and represent an important step to make Azure VM management much easier. In short, Azure Managed Disks feature is an abstraction built on top of current Standard and Premium storage disk in Azure Storage. Customers only need to specify the type (Standard or…

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