I thought this was an interesting announcement. Yesterday Microsoft announced a new way to more-simply deploy Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) resources into Azure, along with a new command line tool to drive it with. The tool is called Azure Building Blocks. These building blocks are described as “a set of tools and Azure Resource Manager templates that … Continue reading Azure Building Blocks – Like Legos™ for the cloud?
Microsoft has been on a tear recently in adding new options and capabilities in Azure. The week was frantic with news, no-doubt due to the fact that Microsoft Ignite was happening. And like all of you (particularly those of you who, like me, were unable to attend this year ), I’ve been trying to keep … Continue reading Save Money in Azure 3 New Ways
“Oh c’mon, Kevin.. Everybody knows you can use PowerShell against Azure…”Yeah, sure. But did you know that they’ve finally added the preview for using a PowerShell shell right from the browser?“No! Do tell!”For a while now you’ve had the ability to click what looks to be a command-prompt icon in the upper-right-hand corner of your … Continue reading Azure has PowerShell (?!)
Let me reveal my answer to you in the form of a couple of test questions:1. Kevin found the test harder than he expected.TrueFalse 2. What areas did Kevin wish he had studied and understood more deeply during the test?A. Code. Actual C# code against Azure web and identity services B. Azure Functions. I know … Continue reading Update: Did Kevin pass Azure test 70-532?
Not only am I absolutely full of I.T., but I’m also certifiable! I’ve been earning Microsoft Certifications of one flavor or another since 1994, when I became an MCP on Windows 3.11 (“Windows for Workgroups”). And recently I set myself a goal to become certified on all things Azure. “What certifications are available for Azure?”There … Continue reading I’m Certifiable (Azure Exam 70-532)
This is an interesting development. I had a good friend and respected local technologist mention this to me the other day, and he wasn’t happy. “Why would they take away features? Just to be ‘consistent’?” Apparently his take on this is that Microsoft is reducing something that was powerful down to a subset of its … Continue reading DSC: Cut to the Core
"Encryption of data in transit?"Check!“Encryption of data at rest?”Yessir!“Encryption of data while it’s in use?”Huh?! That last one might stump you as well, but Microsoft actually announced a new capability today in Azure, called Azure Confidential Computing. “Put simply, confidential computing offers a protection that to date has been missing from public clouds, encryption of … Continue reading The Confidential Cloud