Archive for March 2018

Process Data-intensive Workloads at Scale with Azure Batch Services

Azure Batch is a robust cloud-computing service that provides parallel batch-processing management along with clusters of VMs to efficiently tackle compute-intensive workloads of any size. Although large-scale parallel batch processing has been around for decades, it has long been restricted to those individuals and businesses with the funds and expertise to purchase and run high-performance computing…

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Leveraging the High Scalability of the Azure Blog Storage Service

Azure Blob storage is a massively scalable system for storing images, video, audio and other unstructured digital objects. Stored as blobs and housed in containers in the cloud, these objects are accessible to you anywhere in the world via unique URLs. Blobs come in three types (block, append and page) that speak to different cloud-storage needs and scenarios. Azure Blob storage…

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Leveraging Your Log Data with Azure Log Analytics

With Azure Log Analytics, you can gather and search log data from all of your resources, whether they reside on Azure, on another cloud host, or on-premises. Then you can transform the gathered data into rich analytics with AI-enhanced insights into your environment. To get started, choose between the free and paid options, then follow the…

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Accelerate Your Business with Azure Content Delivery Network

Azure Content Delivery Network (Azure CDN) loads your website’s content quickly and efficiently to users all over the globe, markedly improving your site’s performance while helping you achieve global reach. CDNs are already well-known for their capacity to quickly deliver local, cached versions of your static content to users anywhere on the globe at only pennies…

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An Overview of Azure Traffic Manager

Azure Traffic Manager is a sophisticated, cloud-based service that routes your incoming Web traffic to various instances of your website or application, according to your precise specifications. Moving beyond traditional load balancing, Traffic Manager works purely at the DNS level. As a result, once Traffic Manager has performed its task, the user’s device can access the…

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Preparing your cloud migration with Azure Migrate

As the Azure platform becomes more powerful and affordable each year, forward-looking companies are increasingly looking to move their on-premises VMs to the Azure cloud. However, given all the intricacies and dependencies involved, it’s not always clear how to prepare your VM workloads to make the move. This is where Azure Migrate comes in. Azure Migrate is…

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Going Global with Azure Cosmos DB

If you have an app with users all over the globe, where should you host your database? This is one of the most difficult questions faced by today’s app-builders. In most cases, any location you choose will be thousands of miles away from a significant percentage of your users. And the farther away your users…

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Improving your Brand with Azure Services.

A content-based online brand presence is becoming increasingly vital. Regardless of industry, your business will gain the majority of audience awareness and market share through your website, app, and the content you share to address anything from industry trends to audience pain points. Building that presence, of course, can be complex. Without a comprehensive backend…

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What services can my business really use in Azure?

Today there are dozens upon dozens of services that make up Microsoft’s Azure and many others in public preview, private preview and still under development. I was once told by a close friend and program manager at Microsoft “Jess, if it can be automated or done with software then it will be offered as a…

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Azure Time Series Insights: A New Platform for Enterprise IoT

On November 15th, Microsoft announced that Azure Time Series Insights (TSI), which has been in preview since April, is now available to the general public. Part of Azure’s greater Internet of Things (IoT) suite of offerings, TSI gives companies the capacity to store and analyze enormous volumes of time series data in near real-time. Here we look…

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