Luper’s Learnings – Azure Technical Community for Partners (September 2016)

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



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.

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