Luper's Learnings – Azure Technical Community for Partners (April 2016)

Wow! Did you know that clouds moved so quickly? Between Build and everything else that is going on, I have SO MUCH to share with you in this (timely) edition. Your input continues to make this a more valuable resource. Please keep the suggestions coming via Twitter and email.

Grab your favorite beverage, sit back and dig in to the brain-filling list of topics I’ve run across and my Learnings from the last month…

  •   Shortly (as in hours) after finishing and sending this edition of Luper’s Learnings to you, I’ll be heading to Argentina, Chile, Colombia and Mexico to meet with Azure partners. If you are in one of those countries, I hope to get to see you during my brief visit to each of those countries over the next two weeks.
  • Remember, Global Azure Bootcamp 2016 is taking place in close to 200 locations around the world on Saturday, 16 April. I’ll be at the event being held in Mexico City that day.
  • You know that Build was in March, right? As I thought about how to incorporate Build coverage, it occurred to me that I’ll never be able to do all of the excitement of Build justice in an email newsletter. Sprinkled throughout this edition of Luper’s Learnings, you’ll see various nuggets that came from build. Quite an exciting time to be in cloud! Some of the announcements made during March:


  • Virtual Machine Scale Sets were announced in public preview back in November. They are an Azure Compute resource you can use to deploy and manage a set of identical VMs. 
  • The Microsoft guys in the UK have been pretty busy with Azure readiness content. I’ve told you about Cloud and Proud from @azuredan before. He’s continuing to update his site. Steve Bryant-Brown, a Partner Technology Strategist in the UK posted a handful of exam prep resources as well
  • I mostly focus on technical topics here in Luper’s Learnings but I wanted you to have visibility to the New eBook series provides roadmap to profitability for the modern partner post from @phil_sorgen, CVP Worldwide Partner Group. Read his post and check out the first eBook in the series and be on the lookout for subsequent eBooks. 
  • The Decoded Open Source Conference is 50+ presentations & hands-on labs delivered by software engineers who are building open source technologies. It’s being held in early May in Dublin, Ireland and is going to be most interesting for programmers with experience developing in JavaScript, Java, PHP, Python and .NET who are looking to learn new things and connect with other developers. Register here
  • What’s the latest with StorSimple?
  • Microsoft Announces General Availability for the Microsoft Azure StorSimple Virtual Array – At the beginning of the month we announced the general availability of the StorSimple Virtual Array. It provides hybrid cloud storage using a VM that can be run on Hyper-V or VMware hypervisors and supports either a Network Attached Storage (NAS) or Storage Area Network (SAN) configuration. The complete solution offerings for StorSimple are here.
  • Have you heard about the monthly StorSimple L200 remote trainings for partners? This next session in the series is 21 April. The series consists of an introduction and technical overview of StorSimple with one hour of theory / concepts and 90 minute of technical demos, demonstrating set-up, deployment, and use-cases for StorSimple. This session is meant for partner implementation & pre-sales consultants who are relatively new to StorSimple. The participants are expected to know Storage and Cloud basics as a pre-requisite.
  • Course Pre-Requisites: StorSimple 101
  • Additional Resources: StorSimple Demo Videos
  • View or register for the series
  • Clemens Vasters on the Service Bus team posted Important changes coming for Service Bus and Event Hubs. To accommodate growth and to optimize the services for their specific performance and reliability needs, we need to let each of them have their own gateway. This means we need to have network addresses and therefore DNS names and namespace names separated by the kind of service you are using. Get the details as this is taking effect May 1, 2016 
  • In Partner Center, you can set a monthly budget per customer so that their Azure bill isn’t a surprise at the end of the month. Details here
  • Of course, I would be dropping the ball on my evangelism commitment if I didn’t share at least one episode of Tuesdays with Corey (@CoreySandersWA) with you. How about the 9 minute video -- Redeploy Button and RHEL Support links? 
  • In March, Directions on Microsoft updated their Azure Roadmap. I don’t have budget to pay for a subscription for everybody but, rumor is that you can get a one month guest membership to check out their content.
  • You would be disappointed if I didn’t include some competitive info this month. Recently, the Azure teams have begun to publish a reference chart to show each IT capability along with its corresponding service or feature in both Azure and AWS. I would be VERY INTERESTED to hear your feedback on this matrix. Drop me a line with comments on why you like it, hate it or any feedback that you have
  • The very last nugget, and a good one… Service Updates – One place. All updates. Site and/or Feed

Thanks for sticking with me and making it to the bottom of the April Luper’s Learnings. I’d love your input for topics for the March edition let me know what they are!

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