Ansible on Red Hat on Microsoft Azure: Deploy Apache Web App with Mysql back-end

Introduction After the Microsoft – Red Hat alliance, engineering teams from both sides are working on the integration aspects. There is a lot to integrate – OpenShift, CloudForms, Ansible, etc. Speaking of Ansible, I recently had to set it up on an Azure Red Hat VM for a demo. Like any developer-at-heart would, I was…


Thoughts on Azure Stack and Multi-Cloud Strategy

  What is Azure Stack? Is it truly Azure-In-A-Box? Why should one use it? You know that it makes financial sense to move to the cloud. Cloud, if used correctly, saves you money. However, you do not feel ready to take the plunge yet. There may be several reasons, including the perception of security, compliance…

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An often overlooked trick to get better disk performance from your Azure Linux VM

This may sound obvious to many – my apologies to that section of my audience. However, as I engage with more and more customers complaining about not getting good read/ write IO performance on Azure Linux VM-s, especially when using databases like Mongo/ MySQL or Cassandra/ CouchDB or HBase, I see a trend. Typically, the engineering…

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MySQL Cluster IaaS best practices for Azure – High Availability, Fault Tolerance, Scalability

Introduction MySQL Cluster, if used correctly, has proven to be one of the most fault tolerant, scalable and real-time distributed Active/Active-capable enterprise data storage solutions. Web providers with tons of daily visits like Paypal and Zillow, as well as leading telecommunications and network equipment providers, including Alcatel-Lucent, AT&T, BT, and Ericsson have successfully deployed MySQL Clusters. You can listen…

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