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Make Your Life Easy with Password-less Security

Maintaining strong security through complex passwords can be difficult when staff need to manually type those passwords in multiple times a day to access their applications.  Most people tend to lean towards a password that is easy to remember.  That easy-to-remember password with maybe a number at the end is not all that complex and is easy to crack. If your password is something you need to write down on a note that you keep…

An Introduction to Kubernetes

Today’s applications are facing ever-growing expectations and demands. End users expect applications to be available 24/7 with near-zero defects. Application updates are expected to be instantaneous and seamless. And software development teams are expected to create, update, and maintain applications in reduced time with limited resources. As a result, software development teams are always looking for better ways to develop and deploy applications in order to meet these ever growing demands. Introducing Container Development Container…

Power Query for Azure tables and Updating Column Names

Power Query for Azure Tables and Updating Column Names I recently did some PowerBI work using Azure Table Storage. In the query editor, it seemed that each table I pulled in from Azure Tables had a very similar process.: Get the list of tables available for the storage account. Select a table Select the Content of the table (excluding the RowKey, PartitionKey, and timestamp columns) Expand the columns in the Content Rename the columns Azure…

How Can You Protect Your Cloud Applications from Outages?

How Can You Protect Your Cloud Applications from Outages? Were you affected by the Amazon Web Services (AWS) outage this week? If you use Quora, Slack or Trello chances are you were.  S3 Storage services in the US-East region was essentially unavailable for 4-5 hours.  Since many other AWS services and customer applications depend on S3, this had a large wide-ranging impact across many services, sites and applications. Some popular sites that were affected included: Quora...

Scaling Azure SQL Databases Up and Down

Scaling Azure SQL databases up and down   I've recently been working on a project where we push data from an on-premise database to a set of Azure SQL databases daily, and use that Azure SQL database as the source for a Power BI dataset. The dataset gets refreshed once a day. Our Azure SQL data marts are pretty small - all but one of them are under 2 GB, and the largest one is...

Microsoft O365 has Touched Down in Canada — Are You Ready?

On May 10, 2016, Microsoft announced the general availability of a new Office 365 datacenter region in Canada. This new datacenter region adds in-country data residency, failover, and disaster recovery for core customer data at rest to customers in Canada. Microsoft states, “This new datacenter region is comprised of two geographically distributed datacenters located in Toronto and Quebec City. Providing data residency for customers in Canada will accelerate the growth and potential of Canadian industries…

Choosing the Right Web Platform for Your Cloud Development

When do you use Azure Websites as your web platform for cloud development, and when do you use Cloud Services? These two platforms provide similar functionality in that you can deploy your ASP.NET or other IIS based web application projects to either of these platforms. There are some general guidelines as to choosing one over the other and some specific differences that may help you in making that decision. In this post, I discuss the…

Get the Most from Your Azure MSDN Subscription

Today I am going to go through some scripts I use every day to manage complex Azure hosted environments so that you can get the most from your Azure MSDN subscription. Windows Azure PowerShell I have written a number of posts using the Windows Azure PowerShell Module, and I even use it as an example when writing my own modules. If you do not have it installed on your machine, I highly recommend it. Windows…

Microsoft & Imaginet Presents: Application Modernization with Windows Azure

Cloud cover is expanding and enveloping the business world by the minute. According to International Data Corp, worldwide revenue from public IT Cloud services exceeded $16 billion in 2009 and is forecast to reach $55.5 billion in 2014. So what’s a great platform for implementing Cloud solutions? One answer is Microsoft Windows Azure, which enables you to quickly build, deploy and manage applications across a global network of Microsoft-managed datacenters. But how much do you…

Microsoft Emphasis on Cloud with Next Office Release

This is turning out to be an exciting year for Microsoft. A few weeks ago they announced Surface, a revolutionary new tablet from Microsoft that is launching before Christmas. It features incredible design, revolutionary new magnetic Type Cover, and incredible new user interface. But with all the hype around the hardware and Windows 8, a key component was still missing. A killer application. Microsoft Releases Office 2013 Preview Office Preview is incredible. I have been using it now…