Running a simulation on 20 low priority Azure VMs for a cost of $0.02

Azure Batch clusters now supports  low-priority nodes, which can be used at a discount of up to 80% compared to the price of regular high-availability VMs. So what are Low-priority nodes Low-priority VMs are available for a much lower price than normal VMs and can significantly reduce the costs of running certain workloads or allow…

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Microsoft Azure - Artificial Intelligence Data Science Stack

Microsoft now has an amazing offering for building and hosting your AI/Data Science solution. Infrastructure Azure Batch https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/services/batch/ Docker Images for AI/Data Science  https://github.com/Azure/batch-shipyard/tree/master/recipes Data Platforms SQL Database/SQL Server https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sql/sql-server/what-s-new-in-sql-server-2017 Azure Datalake https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/solutions/data-lake/ Azure Analysis Services https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/services/analysis-services/ Azure Cosmos DB https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/services/cosmos-db/ Hardware FPGA https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/resources/videos/build-2017-inside-the-microsoft-fpga-based-configurable-cloud/ GPU http://gpu.azure.com/ Processing Process data in Azure DataScience VM https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/machine-learning/machine-learning-data-science-virtual-machine-overview#whats-included-in-the-data-science-vm Azure…

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nbgrader to automate assessment and grading with JupyterHub on Azure Data Science VM

Jupyter notebook on Microsoft Data Science Virtual Machine The Anaconda distribution on the Microsoft Data Science VM comes with a Jupyter notebook, an environment to share code and analysis. The Jupyter notebook is accessed through JupyterHub. You sign in using your local Linux user name and password. The Jupyter notebook server has been pre-configured with…

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Using React and building a web site on Azure

Guest post from Walid Behlock Microsoft Student Partner at University College London About me I have always loved to solve problems of all kinds and have developed a passion for technology since my youngest age. I have previously participated in international Robotics competitions and attended many talks and events related to hardware and software. I…

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Microsoft Azure Stack Development Kit

Last month I shared some details around Azure Stack at https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/uk_faculty_connection/2017/06/15/using-azure-stack-to-teach-devops-and-it-skills/  Azure Stack in teaching and Learning Follow the journey of academics and students at ROC van Amsterdam in the Netherlands learning Azure with Azure Stack https://azurestackblog.wordpress.com/ where the team recently had a skype call with Azure Stack Team as part of the General Availability…

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Microsoft Flow the Concept - Industrial Project Summary

  Introduction Microsoft Flow is a newly developed software service by Microsoft. It acts as a platform that enables automated workflows to be setup across different services and applications. Flow helps users automate essential but repetitive tasks so that they can utilise their time more efficiently. Earlier this year I set a project to a…

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Using External data with Azure Jupyter Notebooks

One of the vital requirements for academics is to provide a single data set to allow all there students to utilise for undertaking experiments. By hosting data on a Blob Storage account you can allow students connect and undertake experiments using Azure Jupyter Notebook http://azure.notebooks.com  in a pretty straight forward manner. Data can be uploaded…

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How to Set-up and Host Your Own Website with an SQL Server on Azure for Students

Guest post by James Tavernor, Microsoft Student Partner from Imperial College London About Me Hi, I’m James, I’ve just completed my first year studying Joint Mathematics and Computer Science at Imperial College London. I’m from Cheshire, as well as enjoying programming and video games, I’ve also played the piano from a young age and picked…

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Tips and Tricks to Save money when using Azure

A few months ago I wrote this post https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/uk_faculty_connection/2017/03/31/if-your-not-using-your-infrastructure-turn-if-off-saving-costs-on-azure-2/ in this post I want to share the top 8 tips for saving your Azure Account $/£ or Azure credit via http://www.MicrosoftAzurePass.com or services being used under Visual Studio Dev Essentials which you get as part of Microsoft Imagine Tip 1. If your not using it…

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Windows Template Studio

If your interested in building an app for Windows 10 UWP then there is now a easier way to get started and be provided guidance to create new projects that target the Universal Windows Platform. Windows Template Studio uses a dev-friendly wizard to get your UWP apps. The Windows Template Studio provides a wizard which…

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