Sunday, October 14, 2018

Azure VM Image Builder: Private Preview


Windows Azure were more popular in creating VMs (Virtual Machines) in your cloud and login remotely to them and access them as remotely. By the time Microsoft has implemented number of images (OS) to install in to it. Now they are expanding the ability to create images by users or customers. They have introduced the private preview of Azure VM Image Builder, a service which allows users to have an image building pipeline in Azure. To configure the image creation set up with Azure VM Image Builder, you can take an ISO or Azure Marketplace image and start creating your own golden images in a few steps.

Monday, October 8, 2018

Azure Front Door Services - Public Preview


In the earliest era of Microsoft there were huge struggle to increase the scalability and performance. People / Users asked several times to scale the products without decreasing performance or security. So this led Microsoft to build large, enterprise grade network and application infrastructure to solve reliability, scalability, performance and agility problems and took around 10 years via cloud journey. The result was the y made some enterprise services from Bing, Office, Skype, Azure, etc to overcome those challenges. And it led to developing unique infrastructure and services, battle-tested by years of constant support for Microsoft’s largest businesses.

Now they are releasing another huge project called Azure Front Door Service and its enterprise-grade  service and the public preview of newest addition to the Azure Networking and Azure’s application delivery suite of products. It is highly secure and highly available entry point for delivering your high performance global hyperscale apps.

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Azure Boards for DevOps


As Microsoft started to transform VSTS in to Azure DevOps Azure boards does a tremendous work on it. It manages all the work for your software project and brining you a rich set of capabilities including native support for Scrum and Kanban, customizable dashboards, and integrated reporting.
You will get a basic idea that what can do with azure boards.

Work items

Work item is the artifact which runs behind the task tracking. You can create your task items according to your project and the team. Each work item uses a state model to track and communicate progress. As an example the states model is New > Active > Resolved > Closed. From using this display anyone has access to the project work items can view the progress of the project.


  

Friday, September 28, 2018

Ethereum Proof-of-Authority for Blockchain on Azure


What is Proof-of-Authority

This is called a Sybil-resistance mechanism. This is reducing computation costs to self-regulate the network and allow fair participation. This is more suitable when there is a competition for cryptocurrency promotes security on the network, anonymously and open networks. But in private networks it doesn’t have any value of it. As an alternative it has a protocol Proof-of-Authority, is more suitable for permissioned networks which consensus participants are known and reputable. No need of mining and Proof-of-Authority is more efficient while still retaining Byzantine fault tolerance.

How it works in Enterprise

Microsoft has created this solution with the same principles that they use to create all their products and services. Using Proof-of-Authority, each and every consensus node on the network has its own Ethereum identity. Whenever a node goes down, and member shouldn’t lose the consensus participation. Which means every member needs to run redundant consensus nodes because of highly available network presence. To ensure highly available network presence Microsoft has built an abstraction which allows each consensus participant to delegate multiple nodes to run on their behalf. Each Azure Proof-of-Authority network comes with our identity leasing system that ensures that no two nodes carry the same identity. In the case of a VM or regional outage, new nodes can quickly spin up and resume the previous nodes’ identities.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

An Overview of Azure DevOps


Microsoft VSTS did a tremendous help for developers to maintain their code, Tasks, Deployments. After that DevOps came to the scene. So Microsoft is releasing Azure DevOps to make developers life easier and for team success.
 there are couple of services that feature in DevOps. The services are span the breadth of the development lifecycle to help developers ship software faster and with higher quality.

What's Include:
Azure Boards
Can be track your tasks with Kanban boards, backlogs, team dashboards, and custom reporting

Azure Artifacts

Maven, npm, and NuGet package feeds from public and private sources

Monday, September 10, 2018

Azure IOT Hub integration with Azure Event Grid

Couple of years ago Azure Released Azure IoT Hub based on Microsoft Azure to control and manage billions of devices, transferring data to the cloud to gain some business insights for their customers. Now a days its growing rapidly. Now they have released IoT Hub integration with Azure Event Grid to simplify their customer needs. It will gain more insights into actions by simplifying the architecture of IoT solutions.

What is include:
·       To automate workflows with apps like Azure Functions and Azure Logic Apps is now easy with the event grid. Since they are serverless architectures, it works well with event hub. Even the user can downstream the processes.

·       Will always alert about the device status such as creation, deletion, connection, and disconnection of devices. And the response time is really quick.

·       It will always reduce the complexity expense of polling services. This is integrated with events, with 3rd party applications using webhooks such as ticketing, billing system, and database updates

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Azure Blockchain Workbench 1.3.0 provides Multi-member consortium support

Recently Azure Blockchain workbench has released and seems its popular now. The Happy News is the Azure Blockchain Workbench 1.3.0 has released with Multi-member consortium support. Users can now upgrade their deployments to 1.3.0 or either users can create a new instance of workbench. To upgrade you can use upgrade script that released by Microsoft.

Once upgrade following enhancements will be added
It is fast and more reliable
Microsoft always check their telemetry to identify issues that affect to their customers, and decided to made some changes to make deploying Workbench more reliable. And faster.
Transaction reliability is much better
Microsoft has made a massive improvement for monitoring in version 1.1.0 and there are reliability improvements to the DLT (Distributed Ledger Technology) Watcher and DLT Consumer microservices. There may be some errors like, “It looks like something went wrong …”