Azure Resource Manager: The Secret Sauce of the Microsoft Cloud Strategy
Since its introduction in 2009, Microsoft Azure has gone through a
significant transformation. What started as a hardcore set of platform
services is now a force to be reckoned within the infrastructure market as
According to Gartner, Azure is inching closer to AWS, firmly securing its
place in the top right section of the Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)
Magic Quadrant, which is reserved only for the market leaders.
One technology that’s accelerating Microsoft’s infrastructure services
is Azure Resource Manager, which has become the cornerstone of Microsoft
cloud platform. And it’s gearing up to play a key role in Azure Stack, the
private cloud offering from Redmond.
In this multi-part article series, of which this piece is the first
installment, we will take a closer look at Azure Res... (more)
Becoming a Chef in an Azure Restaurant
While DevOps promises a better and tighter integration among an
organization's development and operation teams and transforms an application
life cycle into a continual deployment, Chef and Azure together provides a
speedy, cost-effective and highly scalable vehicle for realizing the business
values of this transformation.
In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 19th Cloud Expo, Yung Chou, a Technology
Evangelist at Microsoft, will present a unique opportunity to witness how
Chef and Azure work together. He will review and demonstrate the essentials
of deploying a functional and realistic DevOps environment by managing Azure
cloud services with Chef.
Yung Chou is a Technology Evangelist in the Microsoft US Developer Experience
and Evangelism team. Within the company, he has had opportunities to sere
customers in the are... (more)
In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 19th Cloud Expo, Yoseph Reuveni, Director
of Software Engineering at Jet.com, will discuss Jet.com's journey into
containerizing Microsoft-based technologies like C# and F# into Docker. He
will talk about lessons learned and challenges faced, the Mono framework
tryout and how they deployed everything into Azure cloud.
Yoseph Reuveni is a technology leader with unique experience developing and
running high throughput (over 1M tps) distributed systems with extremely low
latency (under 10ms). He is working at Jet.com as a Director of Software
Engineering leading key initiatives around service containerization, scaling
and geo-redundancy. His extensive knowledge integrating Docker, Mesos, Kafka,
and many more pieces of the Big Data stack resulted in numerous performance
boosts and operational cutoffs. Y... (more)
Azure Resource Manager: The Shift from Services to Resources
In the first part of this series, we discussed the evolution of Azure IaaS
and role of Azure Resource Manager. The next installment of the series
explains the key differences between Azure Service Management (ASM) and Azure
Resource Management (ARM) models. We will also take a look at key concepts
and terminology related to ARM.
ASM or ARM?
One of the key tenets of cloud, especially infrastructure services, is
programmability. Almost every cloud provider exposes a set of APIs to
manipulate the virtual infrastructure programmatically. Even before the Cloud
Computing term became a buzzword, Amazon exposed APIs for storage and
compute, which eventually became the core of AWS.
When Microsoft built Azure, developers could interact with the control plane
through the Azure Service Management (ASM) API. Before off... (more)
As I wrote earlier this year over at InfoWorld, Microsoft took another step
toward being king of the cloud hill when it announced in January that it was
releasing its Azure stack to the public. There are many technical reasons why
this is cool, but more importantly, it's the psychological advantage this
Google has always had the ability for developers using its stack to develop
locally on the same tools that run in Google App Engine. It recently forked
its environments, so now the local and cloud environments are slightly
different for some of the configurations -- I can't tell you how many nights
I have lost sleep because of environments being slightly different!
Development and hosting are two completely different things. What Microsoft
did is one-upped Google and Amazon.
The psychological advantage comes into play for companies that aren't 100 ... (more)
Hostway and WSM to Deliver Trouble-Free Migration to Microsoft Azure Cloud
Hostway Services, Inc. and WSM International have partnered to deliver
trouble free migration services for any organization that wishes to bring
their IT infrastructure to Hostway's Azure managed cloud services.
WSM is the leader in providing turn-key IT migration services since 2003 and
is now the preferred provider to any Hostway customer that is seeking to move
its computer infrastructure to the Hostway Azure-based cloud.
Hostway is a pioneer in hosted and managed cloud services. From simple web
hosting to complex cloud infrastructure and application hosting solutions,
Hostway serves customers including small businesses and fast-growing
mid-market businesses with a complete array of cloud and managed hosting as
well as hosted email and application offerings. Its products include public,
Hostway Delivers Hybrid Cloud Hosting Powered by Microsoft Azure
Hostway is announcing its hybrid cloud service based on Azure - all backed by
managed support for configuration and provisioning, monitoring resource
utilization, virtual networks, backup, storage and much more. Now,
organizations can choose the best technology infrastructure to run their
business whether it's public or private cloud or a combination.
Organizations can now choose the best technology infrastructure to securely,
effectively and cost-efficiently run their business with the launch of
Hostway's hybrid cloud service offering based on Microsoft Azure. Whether
it's public or private cloud or a combination, all hybrid cloud services are
backed by Hostway's proven managed support.
Hostway is a Microsoft Gold Partner and specialist in Microsoft
virtualization with the expertise to design, build a... (more)
Empowering the Enterprise to Take Full Advantage of Everything Azure
The cloud era has reached the stage where it is no longer a question of
whether a company should migrate, but when. Enterprises have embraced the
outsourcing of where their various applications are stored and who manages
them, saving significant investment along the way. Plus, the cloud has become
a defining competitive edge. Companies that fail to successfully adapt risk
The media, of course, continues to extol the virtues of the cloud, including
how easy it is to get there. Migrating to the cloud is a simple affair - just
call up a cloud provider and your wishes come true. The reality is quite
different, however, as enterprises struggle with a wide variety of migration
issues, from security to overtaxed IT teams and everything in-between.
In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Collin Steele, ... (more)
Paul Miller's Blog
For too long, the emphasis in Cloud Computing circles has been almost
exclusively upon provision of rapidly scalable and ad hoc remote computing on
top of cost-effective commodity hardware. The Cloud play from Salesforce,
Amazon’s EC2 and the rest has been dominated by the implicit assumption
that these Cloud-based resources are an extension of the corporate data
center; a way to simply reduce the costs of enterprise computing. There is
value in this business, but there are bigger opportunities. Cloud Computing,
and the various *aaS movements, have finally brought us to a place where the
fiercely guarded and tightly delineated boundaries between the organisation
and those outside it may become permeable in ways that should benefit the
organisation rather than threaten it.
It is a quite remarkable feeling to watch as the pieces fall into place and ... (more)
Early Bird Savings Cloud Expo
Cloud computing is a game changer. The cloud is disrupting traditional
software and hardware business models by disrupting how IT service gets
delivered. Entrepreneurial opportunities abound as this classic disruptive
technology begins to proliferate, so it is no surprise that SYS-CON's
industry-leading International Cloud Expo is going from strength to strength.
The 5th International Cloud Expo, to be held April 19-21, 2010, at the Jacob
Javits Convention Center in New York, NY, announces that its Call for Papers
is fast approaching.
Topics on which submission are welcome include all aspects of providing or
using massively scalable IT-related capabilities as a service using Internet
technologies (see suggested examples below).
Help plant your flag in the fast-expanding business opportunity that is The
Cloud: submit your speaking propos... (more)
Last week’s arrival of the Microsoft Azure Stack Technical Preview marks a
turning point in the cloud computing market and forms a leading indicator of
how dramatically Microsoft has changed in the past two years.
The cloud turning point comes because the path to hybrid-cloud capabilities
and benefits has a powerful new usher, one with the enterprise, developer,
and service-provider presence, R and D budget, and competitive imperative to
succeed in a market still under served and nebulous.
Over the past five years, public cloud infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS)
value and utility have matured rapidly around three major players: Amazon Web
Services, Google Cloud Platform, and Microsoft Azure. But hybrid-cloud
infrastructure standards are still under-developed, with no dominant market
The best path to a hybrid cloud global standard remains a vision only,