Containers…Simplified

Lex Thomas over at the Taste of Premier show had me on as a guest to bring simplicity to the growing trend of micro services and containerizing applications. I get down to basics starting with a primer on containerization concepts and walk through how Kubernetes on Azure can provide value to anyone needing to host services and applications in a […]

Azure PodCast – DevOps Simplified

The kind folks over at The Azure Podcast had me on as a guest where I chatted with them about some interesting ways customers have leveraged Azure DevOps pipelines to address complex management of large cloud deployments for doing simple tasks such as deploying new software to more complex operations such as patching or tearing environments up and down. In […]

Solving real customer problems with durable Azure functions

Check out the latest episode of CloudSimplified we chat with Louis Berman, host of the AzureAbility podcast, on how he used Azure functions to quickly build a solution to ingest massive amounts of XML data being sent from trading partners his customer interfaced with. We see how you can quickly build solutions using Azure functions and walk through building more […]

Simplifying Cloud Connectivity

Azure provides many options for stitching together networks using partner solutions from vendors like Cisco and Barracuda but also provides native features to help you quickly get started such as the Azure VPN Gateway where you can easily bridge an on-premises network with a network in the cloud. Check out Taste of Premier where I walk through connecting up my […]

Azure DevOps: It’s not just for devs!

Azure DevOps isn’t just for developers — it provides powerful capabilities to build, deploy and configure both new and existing infrastructure running in any cloud or on-premises. Instead of treating your virtual machines as ‘pets,’ treat them like cattle and automate creating them from scratch using Azure DevOps and the power of Desired State Configuration! (DSC). On this latest edition […]

Cloud Solution Architect Team – Useful Utilities

The team I am part of spans the US and aids customers with complex Azure workload deployments leveraging capabilities across the suite of features within Azure to bring it to life.  Often times Check out the GitHub Repo with utilities, documents and scripts you can explore to help you solve similar challenges! The folders have a pre-fix with an indicator […]

Azure App Services – Java App not starting

After working with a customer deploying Java apps to Azure ASEs, I thought I’d share some simple wisdom. These are not comprehensive troubleshooting steps by any means, there are always connectivity items to troubleshoot, IE DNS resolution, firewall/nsg ports to look at, etc… these are just a few of the simpler things to try before you spend hours troubleshooting something that […]

Sync Blob Storage Containers with Azure Automation

I constructed this solution for a customer of mine needing to replicate files an application they had in multiple regions. While geo-replicated storage, a component feature of Azure keeping data synced across regions, would provide some level of redundancy it did not protect against accidental user errors in the customer’s application where data was removed nor does geo-replicated storage allow […]

Azure Deployment templates – Variables vs Parameters

I was having a conversation today with a fellow CSA, and found myself explaining an all-too-common question.  Doing a quick web search using some Bing-Fu, I came across 0 articles that seemed to make it simple.  This being a go-to place for simple cloud, I thought it might be a good topic to blog about. Azure Deployment templates -> variables […]

Using PowerShell to Sync Blob Containers Across Storage Accounts

[Link to script on GitHub] Background: I was working with a customer who needed to perform file backups housed in a specific storage account and a specific container to a separate storage account.  Geo-redundant storage (GRS) was enabled at the storage account level providing physical redundancy of the customer’s data in across 2 separate data centers however the customer was […]

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