Luper's Learnings - Azure Technical Community for Partners (September 2016)
Welcome to the September 2016 monthly edition of Luper’s Learnings.
Somehow, it got to be September already. We are definitely operating at cloud speed! September is such an interesting time of year. Here in Redmond the weather can’t decide whether it’s still Summer or ready to be Fall. This morning when I left the house it was 46F / 8C and the high temperature this afternoon is expected to be 79F / 26C. If that isn’t confusing I’m not sure what is. Good news is that we’ll see sun today but I’m always excited about opportunities for Cloud J!
I heard from some of you over the past month and appreciate your thoughts and ideas. Please continue to send your content suggestions via Twitter and email.
Here we go with things I’ve learned since the last Luper’s Learnings…
- How about starting with a gift? Grab the recently updated free ebook: Microsoft Azure Essentials: Fundamentals of Azure, Second Edition from our friends @RobinDotNet and @MichaelCollier.
- You’ve heard me mention Ignite a number of times over recent months. It’s coming up fast, it’s sold out and starts on 26 September. If you’ve already registered, will be attending and haven’t already received an invite for my Azure Partner Networking Happy Hour, let me know so that I can be sure to get an invite to you. I have some space left but it’s filling up fast. If you can’t be there in person, you’ll be able to experience much of the content online so be sure to Save the date to watch online.
- I love being able to share this so frequently in Luper’s Learnings. You remember 10 months ago when Satya Nadella announced that Azure would be coming to local data centers in the UK? Last week that became a reality when Takeshi Numoto announced Microsoft Azure and Office 365 now available from United Kingdom datacenters.
- A few months ago, there were a few Azure sessions and presenters highlighted in this post. You’ll also find that there are around 300 sessions taking place that have been tagged as relevant to Azure.
- I had the opportunity to be a guest blogger on the MPN blog. My post from a couple of weeks ago talks about Using Azure to provide identity capabilities.
- In the very recently mentioned blog post, I talk at a pretty high level about Azure Active Directory and Single Sign On (SSO.) Also very recently (today in my time zone) the folks at Kloud posted Azure AD Application SSO and Provisioning – Things to consider. Those Kloud guys are some deep thinking and prolific technical bloggers. I tried to count how many rich and informative blog posts they shared just in the last couple of weeks and I gave up counting. Three more that I did peruse were Azure Functions or WebJobs? Where to run my background processes on Azure?, Troubleshooting Azure Network Security Groups and Azure API Management Step by Step all posted within the last week.
- To close out my very short theme on identity related items, Andrew Cobb shares with us Azure AD App Proxy and MFA – Quick Demo
- On a recent call with a partner I was asked how much I know about Azure Redis Cache. Sadly, the answer was “very little” so I was nudged to find some key, current resources that would be useful to folks who want to know more about Redis Cache, what it is and how they can take advantage of it. Azure Redis Cache is based on the popular open-source Redis cache. It gives you access to a secure, dedicated Redis cache, managed by Microsoft and accessible from any application within Azure. My small collection of research is captured below.
- Way back, almost two years ago (that’s forever in cloud time), Scott Guthrie announced Redis Cache: General Availability of Redis Cache Service among other announcements in that post.
- It’s available in multiple service tiers including Standard, Basic and Premium.
- Steve Danielson updated the Azure Redis Cache FAQ in mid August. He answers the question “What is Azure Redis Cache?” plus much more.
- There’s a How to Use Azure Redis Cache guide tailored to any of .NET, ASP.NET, Node.js, Java and Python.
- In early September, Seth Juarez hosted a seven minute video on Azure Redis Cache Best Practices on Azure Friday.
- Luís Henrique Demetrio educates us on how the use of cache can increase application performance by storing strategic data in memory instead of having to obtain data for every request in his article Azure Redis Cache on ASP.NET Core.
- Lastly, in August, a customer story was posted about Atbaki, a BizSpark Plus success story, who has leveraged Redis Cache as part of their solution and mission of building a Middle Eastern social network for fans of traditional regional cuisine.
- I mentioned Azure Friday above in my Azure Redis Cache learnings. A few additional, recent interesting Azure Friday episodes are below.
- Azure DevTest Labs: More running VMs are supported in a single lab - Azure DevTest Labs now allows you to run more VMs (with multiple storage accounts) at the same time in a single lab with maximum performance by automatically scaling the storage accounts where lab VMs are created.
- In early August, Corey Sanders announced Azure N-Series preview availability. Check out the video I mention immediately above to learn about the technology and use cases.
- If you or your customers have use cases for N-Series VMs during the preview, you can express your interest here.
- I’ve mentioned Azure Storage Explorer some number of times here in Luper’s Learnings. It was just updated this week. It’s free and available for Linux, macOS and Windows. Cool new stuff. Short video that tells you about it.
- Every several months I like to call out some of the great customer stories that are available. All five of the below from around the world include some of our terrific partners who are delivering solutions on Azure.
|Customer / Case Study||Partner||Country||Services used|
|Asociación Chilena de Seguridad||Metric Arts||Chile||Azure Machine Learning, Azure SQL DB|
|Port Authority of New South Wales||cubesys||Australia||Operations Management Suite, Virtual Machines, Azure Site Recovery, Azure Active Directory, Azure Backup, ExpressRoute|
|Met Office||New Signature||UK||IoT Hub, Stream Analytics, SQL DB, Cloud Services, API Management, Storage, Redis Cache, App Service, Visual Studio Team Services|
|Scheid Vineyards||eMazzanti Technologies||US||Azure Virtual Machines, Dynamics NAV, Azure Site Recovery|
|SAXA||Meister||Japan||SQL DB, Visual Studio|
- Azure Networking Fridays with the Azure Black Belt Team – this hour long session, every other Friday kicks off this coming Friday at 8am Pacific. Yah, I know that’s the weekend for some of you but these guys are in the US, guess we have to cut them some slack.
- From time to time I like to call your attention to cool Linux and Open Source things related to Azure. Back in June there was an announcement that FreeBSD is now available in the Azure Marketplace. A couple of interesting posts that caught my eye on the Microsoft + Open Source blog
- DevOps on Azure Resources and Updates – video series, case study from the Bing engineering team and courses.
- Mark Hill’s discussion with with Bitnami Co-founder and COO, Erica Brescia on how Bitnami makes deploying open source apps in the cloud easy
- The Microsoft + Open Source blog also gave me a heads up that Hortonworks Future of Data Roadshow 2016 is going on new with more than a dozen stops coming up across North America, Asia and Europe.
- My pal Tim Walton began his multi-part blog series with Application Development: DevOps and open source solutions.
- Several months ago we announced General availability of Recovery Services vault – Azure Backup support for ARM VMs. This month we added the capability for customers to manage backup policies and model them to meet their changing requirements from a single window. Enterprise-level policy management for Azure VM backup in Recovery Services vault.
- Frequently in Luper’s Learnings I share Service Updates that stand out. Below are a few that you might be interested in.
- Inside scoop from the API Management team - Release notes – August 10, 2016
- Improved support for Azure AD B2C in App Service
- Improved Linux support for VMware and other Site Recovery enhancements
- Azure Scheduler gets new PowerShell cmdlets
- Azure Automation Hybrid Runbook Worker supports proxy environments
- I always like to end with fun. Here are my three fun things for September
- According to Microsoft by the Numbers
- “Forty percent of Azure revenue comes from startups and independent software vendors”
- “Microsoft’s fiber optic network could stretch to the moon and back – three times over.”
- “Eighty percent of the Fortune 500 is on the Microsoft Cloud.”
- “Nearly 1 in 3 Azure virtual machines are Linux.”
- “Microsoft aims to reach an annualized commercial cloud revenue run rate of $20 billion in the 2018 fiscal year.”
- Here’s a cool use case… how about NBC and the Rio Olympics? Rio 2016 Summer Games break streaming records; Azure is ready for Olympic-size livestream events
- Corey Sanders demos improvements in the Azure Portal on Tuesday’s with Corey
- According to Microsoft by the Numbers
Thanks for sticking with me and making it to the bottom of the September Luper’s Learnings. You’ve continued to be such a supportive and vocal group, keep sharing topics of interest for future editions.