Activating your 5 free Azure Accounts on BizSpark

[Please note that this post is quite out of date in that some of the interfaces and the programme itself have changed. A lot of the content will still be useful so I am keeping the post alive but please be aware of the changes] The BizSpark programme provides many benefits to start-ups including access…

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Win an XBox One!

For our Tech audiences in Ireland: Last month we launched our Nokia 520 competition where we invited you to download evaluations of Windows Server 2012 R2 or Windows System Center 2012 R2. We got lots of feedback from you and as a result we are going to change the terms of the competition. Now for April,…

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Getting Started with Infrastructure Services on Azure

One of the benefits of building your application on Azure Infrastructure services is that you can completely control your virtual machines, so it’s much easier to lift and shift an application you have deployed elsewhere or if you are deploying an application that requires components not available on Azure App Service. It is important, however,…

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Allocating Static IP Addresses to your VMs

When deploying a workload to Infrastructure services it’s always a good idea to define a VNET and deploy your VMs within it. The reason for this is that a VNET is the best way to control the internal address ranges for the VMs in each tier of your application. This is done by defining an…

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National Transport Data now in Bing

Bing Maps and National Transport Data I am delighted to announce that Irish transport data is now integrated with Bing, meaning when you use Bing to get directions you can choose to see transport options for that journey. This is a fantastic example of local Microsoft staff working with the National Transport Authority to integrate the appropriate…

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Creating a Stretched Network on Microsoft Azure

Take Full Advantage of a Global Array of Data Centres One of the really powerful advantages of using Microsoft Azure to host any application or workload is the global reach it provides. That is, the ability to take advantage of a global array of data centres to reach new employees or customers. To date, you…

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Getting Started with IoT Solutions on Microsoft Azure

The Internet as a Backbone The internet has changed everything and we no longer see it as a tool to discover and gather information but a central backbone of our every day lives, in fact, we are slowly becoming dependent on it. It’s a scary thought but think about how we socialise with our friends,…

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Go from Zero to Big Data in 15 Minutes with Azure Hortonworks Sandbox

If you’ve been wondering how to get started with Big Data solutions and not really sure where to go then Microsoft Azure has a solution that will get you going in less than 15 minutes. The Hortonworks Sandbox has tonnes of tutorials built in and you can create a sandbox environment on Azure with just a…

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Build 2014 Day 1: Guest Blog by Neil Turner

Neil Turner, our man on the ground in San Fran reports on Day 1 of Build. Neil Turner is one of Ireland’s top independent Windows developers having built Bus Nearby, Broadsheet, Fuel Nearby and Xbox apps and a convention veteran. Neil has agreed to be our man on the ground at Build and provide daily…

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Windows Azure Review of 2013

One of the things I find so exciting about Windows Azure (apart from the challenge of keeping on top of it all) is the rate at which new features are being added. 2013 has seen Azure take a massive jump forward with the general release of infrastructure services opening up the platform to the IT Pro community. We…

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