Monday, March 7, 2022

What are CIS Hardened Images on Azure?

Center of Internet Security (CIS) is a non-profit organisation that is intended to provide best practices. related to security threats. They do provide benchmarks and standards that are industry accepted and can be used to ensure the cloud resources are secured to a greater extend. CIS has worked with leading cloud vendors to bring the Virtual Machine image templates that. 

You can browse them in the Azure Marketplace via here.

Sunday, February 27, 2022

Using Application Insights Rest API

Application Insights itself has great set of features that allows consumers to do many analysis on the application performance and monitoring. But there can be situations where you do need to find them located outside in external web applications. This is simplified by having support for different APIs and libraries to access Application Insights. In this article, we will focus on the REST API. 

Step 1: Aquire an API Access Key

Monday, February 14, 2022

What is Bridge to Kubernetes?

Azure Dev Spaces was the choice for setup micro service based multi-branched developer environments on Azure. As it is retiring, Bridge to Kubernetes comes in as a replacement for Dev Spaces. It is said to be light weight as it runs as extensions to Visual Studio and VS Code.  

Problem Statement

In a world where solutions are distributed for multiple micro-services, it is important to have the agility to be part of teams where everyone rapidly contributes to solution changes. Gone are the days where we stay for a Pull Request to complete, sync code and run on our local environments. Bridge to Kubernetes provides to keep everything synced in and work on only the required portion of the code once branched. 

Sunday, January 16, 2022

Bicep Setup for Log Analytics and App Insights

Bicep makes us human again. After all Json ARM templates, we can now write something with less brackets. I have written a few articles on Bicep and some templates related to APIM before as well. In this article,  I will explain how to setup a Log Analytics workspace and bind App Insights instances to it. 

Monday, January 3, 2022

Understanding the Azure Security Benchmark

Security in IT can keep people awake at nights. There are many new services and features introduced to Azure every year. It is not easy to keep a track of everything as an administrator or even as a team. Sudden exploits at any level can cost organisations valuable money and thereafter their credibility. So how can we make sure our services on cloud are secure as best it can get? 

This is answered with Azure Security Benchmark.

There are three main guidelines provide security standards. 

  1. Center of Internet Security (CIS)
  2. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
  3. Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI - DSS)