Azure Total Cost of Ownership Calculator

Microsoft has released a new Azure Total Cost Ownership (TCO) Calculator. This calculator allows you to quickly enter in your current on-premises workload and review the expected savings or costs of moving to Azure. Workloads You simply enter in your…

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Azure Data Lake basics for the SQL Server DBA / developer and… for everyone!

The basics If you’re a Microsoft SQL Server DBA or developer and have not been introduced to the Microsoft Azure Data Lake and would like to understand what it’s all about and how to get started, this article is for YOU….

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Deploying Azure Kubernetes Cluster with Container Health Monitoring Service

Microsoft Build 2018 recently wrapped up and it was an exciting three days of big announcements for many of Microsoft’s services. One small feature update which caught my eye is the revamped Azure Monitor container health service which rolled out…

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Build a CI/CD Pipeline using AWS Developer Tools

Building and delivering software isn’t easy. Everyone wants to have a consistent quality and to be able to deliver new functionality quickly. In this write-up, I will demonstrate Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery for a Simple .NET application using AWS…

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Data Classification with Microsoft SQL Server and Azure SQL DB (GDPR, PII, HIPPA…etc)

This blog post will cover SQL Server on-premise or IaaS and Azure SQL DB and how to classify data in both. Let’s start by explaining what data discovery and classification is and why is it important. Data Discovery is not…

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Exciting updates from Microsoft Build 2018

The Build conference is Microsoft’s premier event targeted at software developers. Over the years, a lot of big technology announcements have been made at this conference and this year was no exception. As expected, Azure keeps taking the spotlight over…

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Container orchestrators and persistent volumes – Part 1: DC/OS

One key factor on running stateful services (i.e., database servers) on container-centric, managed environments is portability: you need the dataset to follow your container instance. I spent some time reviewing how external persistent volumes are handled when working with DC/OS…

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Site Reliability Engineering – Networking

Introduction In this blog post, I’m not going to talk about what the term SRE means or how it works. My understanding is that Google has invented the term “Site Reliability Engineer” and that this is Google’s way of doing…

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Scheduling Google Cloud Functions

Currently, there is no straightforward way to schedule Google Cloud Functions. It is still possible to achieve this by different means, such as (but not limited to): deploying Compute Engine instance and setting crontab entry configuring HTTP/S uptime checks via…

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Google Cloud Platform quick tip: Cloud Shell Boost Mode for Docker Development

I explained in an earlier post how I am using GCP’s Cloud Shell for all of my command-line needs all the time. Whenever you start your cloud shell, Google Cloud Platform (GCP) spins up a small compute instance with the…

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