Azure's new look

Azure at Ignite, Day 3: Reference Architecture, SQL Database Managed Instances

Wednesday most people could be found at any of the hundreds of seminars performed across the Orange County Convention Center. I spent the majority of my day taking in sessions on containers and DevOps pipelines in Azure.

Pinehead, our mascot, took some time to meet Mark Russinovich, Azure’s CTO, and Aaron Margosis, the co-author of Windows Internals, outside the convention bookstore.

Microsoft loves Linux, and Pinehead! Aaron Margosis (left) and Mark Russinovich (right).

Trust me, if you want to stand out at a Microsoft conference, being a giant penguin head is a good way to do it. Microsoft loves Linux and Ignite attendees love Pinehead!

During Wednesday’s seminars, I learned more about Azure SQL Database Managed Instances and Microsoft’s reference architecture for microservices-based applications.

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Azure's new look

Azure at Microsoft Ignite, Day 2: Migrate, Availability Zones, and Planned Maintenance for VMs

Day 2 of Microsoft Ignite is in the books and I spent the majority of it at the Linux Academy and Cloud Assessments booth (no. 2169, rear of the exhibit hall, across from the bookstore), talking to people about their enterprises.

The Linux Academy/Cloud Assessments booth crew on Tuesday. From left, Doug Vanderweide, Matthew Shaw, Winnie Guan, Chaz Wallace and Justin Overstreet.

The refrain I heard consistently from people stopping by the booth was that their companies want to move to the public cloud but don’t know how. Many attendees were at Ignite to explore the questions around exactly how to do that. (more…)

Azure's new look

Azure at Microsoft Ignite: Three New Certifications, One New Workload, One New Logo

Greetings from Microsoft Ignite in sunny Orlando, where the Linux Academy and Cloud Assessments Azure team is manning booth 2169 (back of the exhibit hall, across from the Microsoft Bookstore), talking with students like you, and learning about new developments in Azure!

The Linux Academy sales and marketing team at Microsoft Ignite booth 2169. Stop by!

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Docker

Starting Docker

Everyone is talking about Docker, but you already have a day job and spend your nights learning three other new technologies. Plus the kids need a story before bed, the toilet won’t flush right, the trash needs gathering up and – who has the time?! Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! I can’t help with the plumbing, but we here at Linux Academy and Cloud Assessments can give you a head start on Docker and maybe even save you a few minutes by using it.

Docker has been touted as a “lighter visor,” and I’m still not sure how I feel about that. On the one hand, it’s correct: Docker containers are, in many ways, similar to virtual machines in that they are discrete units of compute designed around an application or set of applications making up a task. Besides being an order of magnitude more efficient by making use of the host’s kernel, containers are smaller, faster, and generally better for many tasks than virtual machines.

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AWS re:Invent 2017 Trip Giveaway Worth Up To $3000

AWS re:Invent 2017 is a couple of months away! In case you don’t know what it is, AWS re:Invent is a learning conference hosted by Amazon Web Services for the global cloud computing community. The event features keynote announcements, training and certification opportunities including over 1,000 technical sessions, a partner expo, after-hours events, and so much more! The event is ideal for developers and engineers, system administrators, systems architects, and technical decision makers. For more information, check out the agenda here.

 

With that in mind, how would you like to attend this huge event? We’re so excited to be sponsoring this, one of our BIGGEST giveaways yet! Linux Academy and Cloud Assessments are giving one person the trip of their AWS-dreams, and it could be you! Participation to enter is easy! There’s no purchase necessary to enter and new entry options are added weekly so make sure you check back for more entries!

Competition Timeline

  • September 20, 2017: Competition opens
  • October 31, 2017: Competition closes
  • November 1, 2017: Winner gets notified and has 24 hours to accept prize.
  • November 3, 2017: Winner is announced

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Cloud Computing

Fantastic Opportunities Developing in Cloud Computing Careers

There is a Cloud revolution under way. It has been going on for several years now, but recently, it’s significance has increased dramatically. Businesses, both large and small, are driven to the cloud to save costs, access more data, automate, and remain competitive. And as a result, there has been a huge increase in the demand for cloud engineers, cloud developers, and cloud security experts in the last year. Businesses need to hire professionals that have a demonstrated deep knowledge of the latest cloud enabled technologies, such as serverless computing, big data, machine learning, DevOps, functional programming, software controlled networking, IoT, cloud security, and much more. (more…)

Azure Virtual Machines

Azure Announces Burstable VM Instances

One of the benefits of the cloud is the ability to scale to your workload. At least, that’s the idea: Only buy what you need, when you need it.

But depending on your cloud provider and your needs, this is often more of an ideal than a reality. In the case of Microsoft Azure, for example, “burstable” virtual machines have been an obvious omission.

Until this week, however. Azure announced on Tuesday that a burstable VM tier is in public preview, and is finally starting to catch up to Amazon Web Services (which has had burstable VMs since July 2014) and Google Cloud Platform.

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