Building IoT Solutions Hands-on Labs

Microsoft strategy around Intelligent Edge and Intelligent Cloud has Internet of Things (IoT) as a key area. We are now seeing a high interest from UK Universities around developing IoT Courses which demonstrate to user the scale of IoT and the importance of Real time processing and analytics of data, predictions and insight. Many Courses…

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Azure Craft A hack for kids and parents to learn AI Programming

Guest blog by Richard Conway, ElastaCloud, Microsoft MVP Regional Director, Azure UK User Group AzureCraft was conceived in 2016 by myself, Richard Conway, the co-founder of the UK Azure Users Group, Andy Cross and Allan Mitchell, one of the founders of SQLBITS, the largest SQL conference in Europe. Our idea stemmed from the fact that…

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Neural networks and deep learning with Microsoft Azure GPU

Guest blog by Yannis Assael from Oxford University  The rise of neural networks and deep learning is correlated with increased computational power introduced by general purpose GPUs. The reason is that the optimisation problems being solved to train a complex statistical model, are demanding and the computational resources available are crucial to the final solution….

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Azure Resource Manager simply allows you to configure and implement your infrastructure with a JSON Template.

I had a very interesting meeting with a University recently,  who were interested in using ARM Templates to deploy their teaching and learning environments. Azure Resource Manager Templates simply allow you to configure your infrastructure within a JSON format. Which can then be deployed via Powershell script or directly from within the Azure Portal. Here…

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Getting Started with Azure Design Patterns and Azure ARM Quick start templates

  So one  the most common questions I get is how do I get started with designing and implementing Azure for my resources Here a few of my favourite resources 1. The Cloud Patterns and Practices The Patterns and Practices resource depicts common problems in designing cloud-hosted applications and design patterns that offer guidance. Click…

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Using Kudu and deploying apps into Azure

There are a number of ways to deploy your applications to Microsoft Azure Web Sites, there are also a number of ways to tie into the deployment process to aid you in Automation, Configuration, or Diagnosing issues with your deployment. One of the super fast ways of deploying your development to pre production or testing…

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Microsoft Azure Cloud and Containers

  Manage containers on Azure There’s no need to change your existing management practices to move container workloads to the cloud. Use the application management tools you’re already familiar with and connect via the standard API endpoints for the orchestrator of your choice. Optimized container Azure Container Service optimizes the configuration of popular open-source tools…

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Microsoft Azure makes VMs Affordable for Everybody

Guest blog by Wolfgang Gentzsch, UberCloud We are all very familiar with mass market economics: when things become available in abundance their prices tend to drop dramatically and they become affordable for everybody. And that’s the secrete of the just announced low-priority virtual machines (VMs) to reduce the cost of Batch workloads. Low-priority VMs make…

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Quick Review of Key Azure announcements at Build 2017

Here is a quick run down of the main Azure announcement from the Day 1 Keynote at //BUILD, Database Announcements Azure Cosmos DB: The industry’s first globally-distributed, multi-model database service – https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/azure-cosmos-db-microsofts-globally-distributed-multi-model-database-service/ Technical overview of Cosmos https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/a-technical-overview-of-azure-cosmos-db/ Azure managed database services with introduction of MySQL and PostgreSQL https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/microsoft-extends-azure-managed-database-services-with-introduction-of-mysql-and-postgresql/ Announcing Azure Database for PostgreSQL  https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/announcing-azure-database-for-postgresql-preview/ Announcing…

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Man and Machine Work Together to Defeat Starcraft Bots AI Summit 2017

AI Summit on May 9th & 10th London A team of machine learning researchers from Oxford University have showcased their AI research at the AI Summit on the Microsoft stand.  They brought their deep reinforcement learning and use of Microsoft Azure to a fun and engaging demonstration which bring human players and AI together to…

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