Microsoft Application Insights – APM for Everyone

When you work as heavily as I have with a technology like Application Insights you do tend to forget the amazing power you have at your fingertips. Over the last few years I've come to rely heavily on Application Insights as the primary Application Performance Management (APM) tool of choice for services I build, whether … Continue reading Microsoft Application Insights – APM for Everyone

Use Azure Health to track active incidents in your Subscriptions

Yesterday afternoon while doing some work I ran into an issue in Azure. Initially I thought this issue was due to a bug in my (new) code and went to my usual debugging helper Application Insights to review what was going on. The below graphs a little old, but you can see a clear spike … Continue reading Use Azure Health to track active incidents in your Subscriptions

Secure your Azure DevOps Release Management Azure VM deployments with NSGs and PowerShell

Note: since originally authoring this piece Microsoft has built secure deployments into the platform using Deployment Groups which you should go and read about. Read on if you're interested in how you can do this without that feature. One of the neat features of Azure Pipelines Release capability is the ability to deploy to Virtual … Continue reading Secure your Azure DevOps Release Management Azure VM deployments with NSGs and PowerShell

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