Category Archives: Azure

Making sense of Microsoft technology

In my role as a Data Platform Solution Architect (DPSA) at Microsoft, part of my responsibility is to keep up with all the Microsoft on-prem and cloud data-related technology and trends, as well as non-Microsoft technology and trends in areas such … Continue reading

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The art of possible with the cloud

One thing I try to do in my role with Microsoft is to get clients to think of possible use cases for building solutions in the Azure cloud.  To set off light bulbs in their heads.  Sometimes this is accomplished … Continue reading

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Multi-tenant databases in the cloud

For companies that sell an on-prem software solution and are looking to move that solution to the cloud, a challenge arises on how to architect that solution in the cloud.  For example, say you have a software solution that stores … Continue reading

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Virtualization does not equal a private cloud

I see a lot of confusion when it comes to creating a private cloud.  Many seem to think that by virtualizing your servers in your local on-premise data center, you have created a private cloud.  But by itself, virtualization falls … Continue reading

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Azure Storage pricing

Azure storage is a great, inexpensive solution for storing your data in the cloud.  There are many types of Azure storage options, but I wanted to list here the pricing of the most common type: block blob. The pricing below … Continue reading

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Migrate from on-prem SQL server to Azure VM IaaS

Hopefully you went through my presentations Should I move my database to the cloud?, Introducing Azure SQL Database and Implement SQL Server on an Azure VM and are convinced to move your databases to the cloud.  If you are going to migrate to Azure … Continue reading

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Azure Speed Testing

Have you ever wondered what Azure region would be the fastest to host your applications when those applications are accessed from your office?  Obviously the closest data center would probably be the best choice (each region has multiple data centers), but how … Continue reading

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New Azure storage account type

In Azure, there previously has been only one kind of storage account, which is now called a “General Purpose” storage account.  Just introduced is a new kind of storage account, called “Cool Blob Storage”.  When creating a storage account, the … Continue reading

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Scaling Azure VM’s

There are so many benefits to the cloud, but one of the major features is the ease of use in scaling a virtual machine (VM).  A common scenario is when you are building an application that needs SQL Server.  Simply … Continue reading

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Microsoft Azure Government

I’m sure you are aware of Microsoft Azure, but are you aware there is special version of Azure for U.S. governments? Microsoft Azure Government is a cloud computing service for federal, state, local and tribal U.S. governments.  It was generally available … Continue reading

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