Episode 150 - DDOS Discussion

by Sujit D'Mello October 27, 2016

The guys discuss the recent DDOS attack and how we can protect ourselves and our cloud infrastructure from this type of attack.

Media file: http://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode150.mp3

Other updates:

Azure Certified for IoT expands to help customers choose the right IoT device

Chain joins the Azure Ecosystem

Announcing support for Files in the Storage Client Library for C++

Geo-filtering available for Akamai Standard profiles

The most trusted Government Cloud for mission critical workloads - check the facts


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Episode 149 - IoT Hub

by Sujit D'Mello October 20, 2016

The guys discuss IoT Hub.


Media file: http://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode149.mp3


Other updates:

Project Bletchley: Blockchain infrastructure updates

DocumentDB updates in the Azure Portal: New metrics blade and improved collections management

Top 4 reasons for using Azure Security Center for partner security solutions

Azure Managed Cache and In-Role Cache Service shutdown reminder

Simpler Azure Management Libraries for Java - Beta 3


Improved SLA for ExpressRoute
Effective immediately, we are increasing our service-level agreement (SLA) for ExpressRoute circuits and select VPN gateways from 99.9 percent per month to 99.95 percent per month. The SLA improvement has been possible due to several availability and reliability enhancements we have made to this service.

For more information, please visit our SLA for ExpressRoute and SLA for VPN Gateway webpages. The new improved SLA applies to all existing and active ExpressRoute circuits when used with the Standard, High Performance, and Ultra Performance Gateway types.


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Episode 148 - Cognitive Services

by Evan Basalik October 14, 2016

We talk to Anna Roth, a PM with the Azure Cognitive Services team. She gives is the low-down on these amazing services that can literally transform most businesses. 


Media file: http://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode148.mp3


Other updates:

Linux support in Azure App Service
 Azure App Service Companion preview
 Azure Stream Analytics query testing now available in the new portal

Azure Stream Analytics query testing now available in the new portal

Keeping up with Azure Government: September Highlights

Azure PowerShell 3.0.0–Highlights and breaking changes

Azure Backup hosts Ask Me Anything session

Deep Neural Network in Azure

Running the MEAN stack on Microsoft Azure (Part I)

 Getting Started with Temporal Tables in Azure SQL Database documentation webpage. To use temporal retention, customers can visit the Manage temporal history with retention policy documentation webpage.
UltraPerformance Gateway tier for Azure ExpressRoute generally available
The UltraPerformance Gateway connects a virtual network to an Azure ExpressRoute circuit and provides five times the network throughput of the HighPerformance Gateway. Customers can now deploy more network-intensive workloads in their virtual networks. ExpressRoute UltraPerformance Gateway is currently available in the West Central US and Central US regions and can be linked to ExpressRoute circuits located in Chicago, Illinois and Dallas, Texas. More Azure regions and ExpressRoute locations will become available in the coming weeks.

Improving Azure App Service Node.js and PHP developer experience with Linux support
In March 2015, Azure App Service became generally available, making it easier for web developers to do cool things in the cloud. In addition to a great experience for .NET developers, it supports PHP, Node.js, Java, and Python stacks, as well as a number of open source web products. A new public preview introduces native Linux support for Node.js and PHP stacks.

Name update for Microsoft Cognitive Services in invoices
As of October 11, 2016, customers using Microsoft Cognitive Services for Bing Search APIs, Bing Autosuggest APIs, and Bing Speller APIs will see new overage meters in their invoices. Previously, for any Standard plan, overages appeared as Standard S2 meters. Resource prices will remain unchanged.



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Episode 147 - Kudu

by Sujit D'Mello October 6, 2016

We have a bit of a geek-out with one of our listeners, Mattias Karlsson, about a topic that he's very passionate about - Kudu. He tells us why this is an indispensable tool when it comes to Azure App service and can also be used on-premises!

Media file: http://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode147.mp3

Twitter is the best option to find Mattias

And the company he's a partner and sr. architect at is WCOM and is found here:

Kudu is found here on GitHub:

Other updates:

• General Purpose Instances: Prices of our Dv2 series VMs will be reduced by up to 15%. We are also lowering prices of our A1 and A2 Basic VMs by up to 50%.
• Compute Optimized Instances: Prices of our F series will be reduced up to 11%.
• Av2 series: In November 2016, we will introduce new A series virtual machines (Av2), with prices up to 36% lower than the A series Standard VM prices available today.

From <https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/new-lower-azure-pricing/?WT.mc_id=azurebg_email_Trans_1203_New_Lower_Azure_Pricing>

OMS TECH Fridays - Fall 2016 season

Azure DocumentDB SDK updates include Python 3 support

Azure IoT loves Open Source

Real-Time Feature Engineering for Machine Learning with DocumentDB

Microsoft Cloud coming to France

Required practice for applications integrating with Azure Active Directory


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Episode 146 - Infrastructure as Code

by Sujit D'Mello September 29, 2016

Cale, Evan, Russell and Sujit have an in-depth talk with Rasmus Hald, a Technical Evangelist from Microsoft Denmark about a topic that is near and dear to him : Treating deployments as code.

He walks us through the 5 steps we can take to better manage our deployments in Azure:

  1. Source Controlled
  2. In code (Scripts & Templates)
  3. Automated & Continuous Deployment
  4. Testing
  5. Feedback loop (Monitoring)

Link to his GitHub Repo: https://github.com/rasmushald/BrickOps

Reach out to him on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RasmusHaldDK


Media file:



Other updates: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/campaigns/ignite-2016/



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Episode 145 - Java on Azure

by Cale Teeter September 22, 2016


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Episode 144 - DASH

by Evan Basalik September 16, 2016

We have a great chat with James Baker, from the Azure DX team, about an interesting service that he has worked on called DASH that helps get around the current performance limitations on Storage accounts.


Media file: http://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode144.mp3


Other updates:

Join the Microsoft Azure Stack Meetup @ Ignite 2016

Azure Event Hubs Archive is now in public preview, providing efficient micro-batch processing

Service Fabric on Linux support available this month

Announcing the General Availability of Storage Service Encryption for Data at Rest

Free ebook: Microsoft Azure Essentials: Fundamentals of Azure, Second Edition

Devcon 2 - Ethereum conference


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Episode 143 - Cloud Foundry

by Sujit D'Mello September 11, 2016


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Episode 142 - API Management

by Sujit D'Mello September 1, 2016


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Episode 141 - App Service Environments

by Sujit D'Mello August 24, 2016

Cale, Russell and Sujit talk to Katrien De Grave, a Microsoft Azure TSP from Belgium. She de-mystifies App Service Environments (ASE) for us.

The landing page for ASE info: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/app-service-app-service-environments-readme/ - also contains a list of all ASE articles which are sometimes hard to find in the navigation bar
My twitter: @katriendg
My blog: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/katriend/

Media file: http://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode141.mp3

Other updates:

PowerShell is open sourced and is available on Linux

Azure Government Blog: Introduction & highlights

Azure SQL Database Threat Detection, your built-in security expert

Portal support for Azure Search blob and table indexers now in preview

Service Bus messaging in the Azure portal


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