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Data Management Moves to the Fore. Introduction
Posted by Jon Toigo on March 23, 2017
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Data Management Moves to the Fore

To the extent that the trade press covers, meaningfully, the issues around digital information processing and technology, it tends to focus rather narrowly on the latter:  infrastructure.  The latest hardware innovation — the fastest processor, the slickest server, the most robust hyper-converged infrastructure appliance — tends to be the shiny new thing, hogging the coverage.

Occasionally, software gets a shot at the headlines:  hypervisors, containers, object storage systems, even APIs get their 10 minutes of fame from time to time.  But, even in these days of virtual servers and software-defined networks and storage, software is less entertaining than hardware and tends to get less coverage than tin and silicon.

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New Big Data Services for Azure in Europe: Data Lake Analytics and Data Lake Store
Posted by Augusto Alvarez on March 21, 2017
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Microsoft continues the expansion of its services for Azure in Europe, this time with new capabilities related to Big Data: Azure Data Lake Analytics and Data Lake Store. These new services appear as server-less options for companies that already have resources in Azure and a large amount of data, allowing them to transform that data into valuable information.

Azure Data Lake Analytics with Data Sources

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[Azure] Continuous Integration / Continuous Deployment with Docker (ACS and ACR), Visual Studio Code, Visual Studio Team Services and GitHub
Posted by Florent Appointaire on March 20, 2017
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docker with microsoft azure

A major force of infrastructure today is the possibility to use CI/CD. Understand, Continuous Integration and Continuous Deployment.

To resume, these technologies, give the possibility to your developers to create/modify their codes, send them to GitHub for example, build it with Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS), save it on you registry (Azure Container Registry for me), manage the versioning, always with VSTS, send it to your Docker Swarm cluster as container et to finish, access it through a simple web interface.

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Using Blue/Green environments to avoid a Gitlab style outage
Posted by Gary Williams on March 13, 2017
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As most of you are probably aware, Gitlab is, in part, a source code hosting repository which suffered something of a major outage just a few weeks ago. Unusually, they posted a very full and frank report on what actually happened. It’s very rare for a company to do this and even rarer for it to be made public, I wish more companies would do this, even if it was just an internal review with the blame put on the process, it would at least highlight where the weaknesses are in the infrastructure.

Diagram user router web server application server database server

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Azure Site Recovery Deployment Planner for VMware Available as a Preview
Posted by Augusto Alvarez on March 6, 2017
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Microsoft keeps going big on offering VMware integration, we’ve mentioned in the past that they’ve released a freeware tool to backup VMware virtual machines into Azure: Microsoft Azure Backup Server (MABS). And now they keep insisting on taking over Enterprise VMware customers into Azure, or at least their Site Recovery solution: Azure Site Recovery Deployment Planner for VMware.

Microsoft Azure Site Recovery Deployment Preview

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Microsoft Just Released Azure Network Watcher: Network Performance Monitoring and Diagnostics Service for Azure
Posted by Augusto Alvarez on March 1, 2017
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The network component and the troubleshooting that sometimes we need to do represents a big factor on all cloud customers, not matter if you are using Azure, AWS, Office 365 or any other. If you don’t have control over the network and/or you are not capable of identifying issues root causes, then there’s most likely the cloud experience it’s not going to be a good one. Microsoft has that clear and is now offering a new tool to assist customers: Azure Network Watcher.

Azure Network Watcher view

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Design a ROBO infrastructure (Part 2): Design areas and technologies
Posted by Andrea Mauro on February 24, 2017
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In the previous post, we have explained and described business requirements and constraints in order to support design and implementation decisions suited for mission-critical applications, considering also how risk can affect design decisions.

Now we will match the following technology aspects to satisfy design requirements:

  • Availability
  • Manageability
  • Performance and scaling
  • Recoverability
  • Security
  • Risk and budget management

ROBO Design areas and technologies

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Azure Backup Server Offering New Features: Central Monitoring, Enhanced Security, and New Regions
Posted by Augusto Alvarez on February 20, 2017
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We talked about Azure Backup before in this blog, when they recently added the capability to backup VMware virtual machines, now they are introducing a new set of features: Central monitoring, enhanced security and available in new regions.

Microsoft Azure Backup

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AWS wants your Databases in the Cloud: Amazon Aurora offering up 5X Better Performance and PostgreSQL Compatibility
Posted by Augusto Alvarez on February 16, 2017
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Amazon released recently the Aurora Storage Engine as a MySQL-compatible relational database service and is highly encouraging to customers to migrate from Oracle or Microsoft SQL Server to this new cloud service platform. Amazon Aurora is promising up to five times better performance than MySQL with better security, availability, and reliability of a commercial database and a 10% cost of what organizations are paying. And also announced a short time ago, PostgreSQL compatibility (available as a preview).

Amazon Aurora

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Microsoft Keeps Going Big on CyberSecurity: Investing $1 Billion a Year
Posted by Augusto Alvarez on February 10, 2017
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The technology giant Microsoft is, as many other big ones in the market, making a statement regarding CyberSecurity: They are maintaining their $1 billion investment on yearly basis for research and development in this field, which does not include any “inorganic investments” (buying other companies). The latter investments will be a separate budget.

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