Tag: microsoft azure

Now that we’ve had some time to recover from last week’s Microsoft Azure outage, we can look back and ask, “What happened?!” Microsoft has released a Root Cause Analysis (RCA) explaining the incident, but what else have we learned from the incident? Below are three key takeaways from the event. Public cloud providers aren’t immune to outages We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, but no one is immune to downtime. It can happen to anyone, anywhere. Even with …

If you tried to catch up from Labor Day weekend by opening your Office 365 email this morning and found your computer still seemed to be in holiday mode, there’s a reason for that. According to a couple of different reports, one of Microsoft’s Texas data centers has suffered an outage due to a spike in internal temperature, causing a shutdown of servers hosted there. The shutdown was automatically initiated after local temperatures exceeded the set threshold so asto prevent …

Paying bills may never be America’s pastime, but just like baseball, hot dogs, apple pie (and Chevrolet), bill paying is a part of life. And when it comes time to write the check or swipe the card to pay your Microsoft Azure bill, have you fully understood and agreed to what you’re paying for? Cloud services bills are incredibly complex and if you’re not careful, you could be paying hundreds of thousands for services you don’t need or aren’t properly …

Microsoft Azure support for high performance computing (HPC) workloads (or sometimes referred to as Big Compute) has evolved rapidly over the past few years. In this blog post, I will go over the history and support for HPC in Microsoft Azure, including Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) solutions, Platform as a Service solutions (PaaS), and even Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions from Microsoft and/or its partners. I will also cover some of the most important scenarios where Big Compute …

Note: This is a guest post by Sam Youness, who has 20 years of experience history in technical and solutions architecture, engineering, and consulting, with more than 12 of those at Microsoft, specializing implementing the newest technologies for his clients. Sam is also a Microsoft Certified Azure Architect. Resource groups (RG) in Azure is a new approach to group a collection of assets in logical groups for easy or even automatic provisioning, monitoring, and access control, and for more effective …

Managing customer and employee information properly can be a daunting task for any organization, and determining whether that information should be kept on-premise or in the cloud even more so. Active Directory (AD) is one identity management tool that can help businesses in this respect. AD has had some big changes since its early inception, which we’ll talk about in this post. In the olden days of Microsoft Windows Server AD, you had a simple on-premise repository that stored a …

What is serverless computing?

Posted on November 1, 2017 by

What is serverless computing? The idea is growing in popularity, but the term honestly sounds like an oxymoron. How does it work, and why should you consider it for your IT organization? Well, the name is a false promise–there are actually servers involved with serverless computing. They just aren’t managed by the organization. A serverless computing model means your cloud provider takes care of adding, removing, and/or adjusting your server resources based upon demand. You end up with a more …

Setting budgets has become a key weapon in the ongoing struggle of organizations to understand and control their cloud spend. Public cloud providers have responded by offering their users services such as budget alerts and server tagging. Users, however, still struggle to see the costs associated with the resources they’ve tagged. In this post, we’ll talk about the challenge of viewing your costs in Azure and how you can solve it. Azure offers a few different methods of grouping services: …

Machine learning FAQ

Posted on August 24, 2017 by

Machine learning is a powerful tool that can help businesses, the technology departments that power them, and ordinary people provide better services or create better experiences. In this post, we’ll review what machine learning is and why it’s so important to businesses. What is machine learning? Basically, it’s a type of artificial intelligence (AI), where computers take data and “teach” themselves through algorithms and statistical analysis to be more accurate in their analysis of that data and any pattern predictions …

Containers continue to grow in popularity, with Docker and Kubernetes adoption doubling from 2016. Microsoft is also making moves within the container industry, recently releasing a preview of its Azure Container Instances (ACI) service that has generated some buzz. What’s causing all the excitement? Microsoft has offered a container service for a couple of years now with Azure Container Services (ACS), but the impending arrival of its container instance service is different. Whereas ACS is designed for complex, long-running applications, ACI …

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