I’m speaking about Azure API Management at TechEd Melbourne 2014

Given the changes to TechEd this year and the smaller set of sessions available I'm exceptionally happy to be coming back for another year to talk more about Azure. I'll be speaking in Melbourne on 7 October on the topic "Microsoft Azure API Management: Win Friends and Make Money". You can find out more about … Continue reading I’m speaking about Azure API Management at TechEd Melbourne 2014

The False Promise of Cloud Auto-scale

Go to the cloud because it has an ability to scale elastically. You've read that bit before right? Certainly if you've been involved in anything remotely cloud related in the last few years you will most certainly have come across the concept of on-demand or elastic scaling. Azure has it, AWS has it, OpenStack has it.  It's one … Continue reading The False Promise of Cloud Auto-scale

Not Your Father’s Cloud: Microsoft Azure Web Sites Explained

If you need to understand the format of this post, take a look at my introduction to the series. Like A Boss Microsoft Azure Web Sites (MAWS) provides an experience that is familiar to many developers or businesses as it resembles traditional shared web hosting. MAWS provides a simpler deployment and management experience than either PaaS … Continue reading Not Your Father’s Cloud: Microsoft Azure Web Sites Explained

Not Your Father’s Cloud: Windows Azure Services Explained (Intro)

There's a lot to Microsoft Azure. Your Dad would be amazed. Most likely your Dad struggles to turn on the TV but we'll give him the benefit of the doubt and assume he's at least go the fundamentals right (like *not* thinking RAM refers to something best left in a field with the other sheep). In … Continue reading Not Your Father’s Cloud: Windows Azure Services Explained (Intro)

This Time The (Broadcasting) Revolution Will Not Be Televised

Next time you're standing waiting for a train or a bus take a look around and see how many people are staring down at their mobile device. Chances are that they are watching a video that increasingly is not just short snippets on Vine or Instagram but longer-duration content. Expanding data caps and the improvements … Continue reading This Time The (Broadcasting) Revolution Will Not Be Televised

TechEd Demo Video Available Online

As previously announced I presented a session at TechEd Australia 2013 and anyone who came along will know I had some challenges with the demo component of my talk on the day. I thought it would be great to actually show you all how the demo *should* have run on the day, so to that … Continue reading TechEd Demo Video Available Online

How to add a Site-to-Site VPN to an Azure Virtual Network after setup.

I have recently been working on a couple of engagements that involve utilising the site-to-site connectivity features of Windows Azure Virtual Networks. On one engagement we went through the setup of the Virtual Network early on before the customer's network team had gotten involved and we just skipped the setup of the site-to-site connection at … Continue reading How to add a Site-to-Site VPN to an Azure Virtual Network after setup.

Feature Request: Generate PowerShell Scriptlets From the Azure Management Portal

I was at a customer the other day wrapping a successful project delivered on Windows Azure when one the customer's team suggested a great idea - why not generate PowerShell scriptlets from actions completed within the Azure Mangement Portal so that you can re-issue the command at any future point (or in a different Azure … Continue reading Feature Request: Generate PowerShell Scriptlets From the Azure Management Portal

Secure Remote Management Studio access to SQL Server on Azure IaaS

If you have ever provisioned a SQL Server instance running on Azure IaaS and not used a VPN solution you will find that by default you are unable to connect to it from a local Management Studio instance.  By default all Virtual Machines are wrapped by a Cloud Service which behaves to a degree like … Continue reading Secure Remote Management Studio access to SQL Server on Azure IaaS

Gone in 60 Seconds – Cloud Load Balancing Timeouts

Update: July 2014: AWS announced that customers can now manage ELB timeouts.  Read more here: https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/elb-idle-timeout-control/ After what seems like ages we finally managed to get to the bottom of the weird issues we were having with a load balanced instance of Umbraco hosted at Amazon Web Services.  Despite having followed Umbraco's load balancing guide and … Continue reading Gone in 60 Seconds – Cloud Load Balancing Timeouts