Step-by-Step: First steps with Azure Container Instances

Hello Folks, It’s been a while since I last posted but it’s not because there has not been developments in the Microsoft Azure world. One in particular I wanted to talk about is Azure Container Instances or ACI for short. That capability was announced on July 26, 2017. An Azure Container Instance is a single…

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DevOps Basics: Harnessing Continuous Integration and Infrastructure As Code

Hello folks, A little while ago, Vancouver based start-up Roomsy and Microsoft collaborated in a Hackfest to explore how Azure Web App services and DevOps best practices could address their needs. Roomsy is a cloud-based Property Management System. It provides its customer a platform to manage their rental property, take reservations that are created through…


Cloud4Good: Cloning, Compiling and Deploying the Child Finder Xamarin Mobile App

Back in October RedBit had an opportunity to participate in a weekend hack to try and leverage technology to find missing children. It was a collaboration with Missing Children Society of Canada, City of Calgary, Calgary Police Service, Microsoft and RedBit. This article will focus on how to get the Xamarin project up and running…

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Cloud4Good: Extracting Data from the Twitter API through Azure Functions

Azure Functions has quickly become one of my favorite technologies  in Azure. I find myself working a wide range of projects; with many of them being proof of concepts or hack-a-thons. With these formats, I am always looking for the fastest ways to develop the critical pieces of the software. For the Missing Children Society…

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Cloud4Good: Setting up Infrastructure as code on behalf of Missing Children Society of Canada

Hello Folks, I don’t normally write posts about specific references to customers. It’s normally something like “I was working with a customer when…” but this time I wanted to highlight some learnings regarding a specific project we took on with the Missing Children Society of Canada. We recently had a Hackfest with them, the City…

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Cloud4Good: How Azure helps speed up the search for Canada’s missing children

With so many stories focused on the business benefits of the cloud, we can easily overlook some of the most important and dramatic new social applications of emerging technology. And what could matter more than finding missing kids? Per the Missing Children Society of Canada in 2016 alone, a staggering 45,000 children went missing in…

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Get Started with Azure – Command Line Interface (CLI)

I think I just became a huge fan of Azure CLI instead of the Azure Powershell cmdlets since few years now. The most reason is the limitation of PowerShell which is .Net. And as you can imagine you can only install .Net on a Windows machine… So if you need to create a simple VM on…


DevOps Basics : Running Docker in production

Docker is a containerization technology very “trendy”, which means a lots people are interested about it, using it or trying it. Very often, when I engage the conversation about containerization I asked this two questions, in this order: How many of you are using containers (Docker or others technology)? How many of you are using…


DevOps Basics: Provisioning Docker in Azure via one Command Line

What about to provisioning a Docker environment in Azure in only one command line ? One week ago the Cloud Show released an interesting video about the Azure driver in Docker. So, now it’s possible thanks to the Azure driver included in the docker-machine tool to provisioning an docker environment in one command line !! Let…


DevOps Basics: Introduction to Docker Registry and Images

The concept of a Docker container is to build something (your application) on the top of an existing image. Let’s say for example that you have a Python application and you want to run this application on an Ubuntu image, because you like this distribution 😉 You will have this basic architecture : I deployed…