Get Free Open Source Tools from Bitnami on Azure

Bitnami is quickly becoming the trusted source for secure and up to date server based apps. Bitnami essentially offer an app store for open source apps that can run anywhere: on premise, as containers or in the public cloud. Bitnami ensure images are patched and up to date so they can be trusted. They are…

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How to Secure Your Customers’ Data in Azure

One of the great benefits of hosting your application or website on Microsoft Azure is the ability to leverage Microsoft’s investments in security and data protection. Microsoft embed security best practices into every layer of Azure from development techniques to intrusion detection and prevention and distributed denial of service attack (DDOS) mitigation. Leveraging this makes sense as…

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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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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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Running a High Volume Website on Azure Infrastructure Services

The Tech a CEO Needs to Know Cloud technologies like Microsoft Azure offer a very quick and simple way for software companies to run their business and access a global customer base. These companies who traditionally delivered their solution via CD or some other distribution medium are looking to the cloud as a way to…

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Access Your Business Applications on any Device using Azure RemoteApp

One of the big challenges that organisations face in this new Mobile First, Cloud First world is that not all of the line of business applications that the organisation uses have been built in this modern way, i.e. they have not been built to use cloud technologies or to target the types of mobile devices…

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Microsoft Azure Review of 2014

2014 has been a massive year for Microsoft Azure. We have seen Azure show up as the only leader across PaaS, IaaS and Storage according to Gartner and is now positioned very strongly against competitors like Amazon and Google, in fact in terms of data centre reach Azure is twice the size of AWS and…

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Polyglot Compute – A Pattern for Running Modern Applications

One thing that has always amazed me is how people tend to latch on to the latest trend, even if that trend offers limited value. Maybe it’s the desire to keep current and not look silly or maybe it’s our built-in nature to change and adapt and not stay stuck in our old ways and habits. Don’t…

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Learn Azure with the Microsoft Virtual Academy

One question I am asked a lot is what online training is available for Microsoft Azure, especially considering the cadence at which we are adding new features, online training is definitely proving important for developers, IT pros and data scientists. The great news is that we have an online training academy where you can access hundreds…

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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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