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Keeping the lights on! – Architecting for availability?

Keeping the lights on! – Architecting for availability?

Hello all, It’s been a while since I did a blog post outside of the weekly updates. But I wanted to do one in terms of conversations that I’ve been having a lot lately and seems to be largely universal. High Availability. So more and more, software is becoming a critical part of every aspect of our lives. To that end, we really see as developers / engineers, the following scenarios have become a constant reality: For end customer software,…

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Leveraging Azure Search with Python

Leveraging Azure Search with Python

So lately I’ve been working on a side project, to showcase some of the capabilities in Azure with regard to PaaS services, and the one I’ve become the most engaged with is Azure Search. So let’s start with the obvious question, what is Azure Search? Azure Search is a Platform-as-a-Service offering that allows for implementing search as part of your cloud solution in a scalable manner. Below are some links on the basics of “What is Azure Search?” What is…

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Weekly Links – 5/27

Weekly Links – 5/27

Here’s this weeks links: Technical Links: Manage Azure HDInsights clusters using .net, Python, or java – https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/manage-azure-hdinsight-clusters-using-net-python-or-java/ How to Monitor and alert potential disk and VM Level IO throttling on Windows VMs using ARM – https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/mast/2017/09/12/how-to-monitor-and-alert-potential-disk-and-vm-level-io-throttling-on-windows-vms-using-arm/ Build “zero code” machine learning models with Azure Machine Learning service – https://channel9.msdn.com/Shows/AI-Show/Build-zero-code-machine-learning-models-with-Azure-Machine-Learning-service MLOps for managing the end to end life cycle with Azure Machine Learning service – https://channel9.msdn.com/Shows/AI-Show/MLOps-for-managing-the-end-to-end-life-cycle-with-Azure-Machine-Learning-service Time Series Forecasting with Azure Machine Learning – https://channel9.msdn.com/Shows/AI-Show/Time-Series-Forecasting-with-Azure-Machine-Learning Developer Life: 8 leadership traits for…

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Weekly Links – 5/20

Weekly Links – 5/20

Here’s this weeks links: Technical Links: Building recommender systems with Azure Machine Learning Service – https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/building-recommender-systems-with-azure-machine-learning-service/ Understanding HDInsight Spark Jobs and data through visualizations in the Jupyter Notebook – https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/understanding-hdinsight-spark-jobs-and-data-through-visualizations-in-the-jupyter-notebook/ Optimize performance using Azure Database for PostGreSQL recommendations – https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/optimize-performance-using-azure-database-for-postgresql-recommendations/ Real-time event processing with Azure Database for PostgreSQL and Event Grid integration – https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/event-processing-with-azure-database-for-postgresql-and-azure-event-grid-integration/ Detecting Threats targeting containers with Azure Security Center – https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/detecting-threats-targeting-containers-with-azure-security-center/ Developer Life: The future of Media & Entertainment in the Experience Economy – https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/industry-blog/microsoft-in-business/2019/04/29/the-future-of-media-entertainment-in-the-experience-economy/?wt.mc_id=AID2370587_QSG_EML_NLTR_341595&utm_source=Direct Simon Sinek…

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Weekly Links – 5/13

Weekly Links – 5/13

Here’s this weeks links: Technical Links: How do teams work together on an automated machine learning project – https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/how-do-teams-work-together-on-an-automated-machine-learning-project/ How to accelerate DevOps with Machine Learning Life cycle Management – https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/how-to-accelerate-devops-with-machine-learning-lifecycle-management/ How Skype Modernized its backend infrastructure using Cosmos DB – Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 Developer Life: Did I leave the garage door open? A no-code project with Azure IoT Central and the MXChip DevKit – https://www.hanselman.com/blog/DidILeaveTheGarageDoorOpenANocodeProjectWithAzureIoTCentralAndTheMXChipDevKit.aspx Art Exploration with AI – https://channel9.msdn.com/Shows/AI-Show/Art-exploration-with-AI How one microsoft leader sparked…

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Getting Started with Azure (developer perspective)

Getting Started with Azure (developer perspective)

So there’s a common question I’ve been getting a lot lately, and that’s “I want to learn Azure, where do I start?” And this is ultimately a very reasonable question, because as much as the cloud has permuted much of the digital world, there are still some organizations who have only recently started to adopt it. There are many reasons people would choose to adopt the cloud, scalability, cost, flexibility, etc. But for today’s post I’m going to focus on…

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Building a Solr Cluster with TerraForm – Part 1

Building a Solr Cluster with TerraForm – Part 1

So it’s no surprise that I very much have been talking about how amazing TerraForm is, and recently I’ve been doing a lot of investigation into Solr and how to build a scalable Solr Cluster. So given the kubernetes template I wanted to try my hand at something similar. The goals of this project were the following: Build a generic template for creating a Solr cloud cluster with distributed shard. Build out the ability to scale the cluster for now…

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Where to I start – Service Fabric?

Where to I start – Service Fabric?

So containers have become an essential part of modern application development. I would go as far to say that containers and micro services have had a similar impact to software development as “Object Oriented Programming”. Now that being that I have been talking to a lot of people who use Monolithic applications and are looking for a way to break down their existing applications into a micro service approach and support the idea of using existing infrastructure, and don’t necessarily…

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Building out Azure Container Registry in Terraform

Building out Azure Container Registry in Terraform

So I’ve previously done posts on the TerraForm template that I built to support creating a kubernetes cluster. The intention behind this was to provide a solution for standing up a kubernetes cluster in Azure Government. To see more information on that cluster I have a blog post here. Now one of the questions I did get with it, is “How do we integrate this with Azure Container Registry?” And for those not familiar, Azure Container Registry is a PaaS…

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Breaking Down Monitoring in Azure

Breaking Down Monitoring in Azure

So let’s talk monitoring in Azure, and honestly this is a topic that makes most people start to become a “deer in headlights”. And the reason is that most executives love to say “We need to have a great monitoring story” but monitoring is a massive topic and most don’t know where to begin. And the truth is that it is a huge and multi-faceted topic that have a variety of solutions that can be applied in a variety of…

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