Understand differences between #VSTS and #TFS #Visual Studio

#InANutshell…VSTS is the cloud offering…#TFS is the On-Prem offering ….


VSTS and Team Foundation Server (TFS) both provide an integrated, collaborative environment that supports Git, continuous integration, and Agile tools for planning and tracking work.

Fundamental differences between TFS and VSTS

When you plan a move, there are a few fundamental differences between TFS and VSTS that are important for you to understand….. Read more




SQL in Azure…A Tale of two Deployments (IaaS & PaaS) #AzureSQL #SQLServer

The SQL Deployment Model illustrated in a Nutshell….


Microsoft Documentation Articles:


Choose a cloud SQL Server option: Azure SQL (PaaS) Database or SQL Server on Azure VMs (IaaS):



Frequently asked questions for SQL Server running on Windows Azure Virtual Machines (SQL as IaaS):



Frequently asked questions for Azure SQL (SQL as PaaS):


#AzureSecurity Network Security Techniques for Azure #NSG #NVA #UDR #VPN #ExpressRoute #NTierArchitecture

…Microsoft Azure platform allows customers to seamlessly extend their infrastructure into the cloud and build multi-tier architectures. Additionally, third parties can enable enhanced capabilities by offering security services and virtual appliances. This white paper provides an overview of security and architectural issues that customers should consider … It also covers creating more secure services in Azure virtual networks…

Read more here...

“…The following logic chart can direct you to a specific example of the many security techniques available with the Azure platform. For quick reference, find the example that best fits your case. For expanded explanations, continue reading through the paper….”



Example 1: Build a perimeter network (also known as DMZ, demilitarized zone, or screened subnet) to help protect applications with network security groups (NSGs).
Example 2: Build a perimeter network to help protect applications with a firewall and NSGs.
Example 3: Build a perimeter network to help protect networks with a firewall, user-defined route (UDR), and NSG.
Example 4: Add a hybrid connection with a site-to-site, virtual appliance virtual private network (VPN).
Example 5: Add a hybrid connection with a site-to-site, Azure VPN gateway.
Example 6: Add a hybrid connection with ExpressRoute.

#Azure 101 Blob Storage…To Block or Page that is the question #Blob #Object #AzureStorage

..Block blobs are optimized for streaming and storing cloud objects, and are a good choice for storing documents, media files, backups etc…..

Page blobs are optimized for representing IaaS disks and supporting random writes, and may be up to 1 TB in size. An Azure virtual machine network attached IaaS disk is a VHD stored as a page blob

Blob Storage stores unstructured object data. A blob can be any type of text or binary data, such as a document, media file, or application installer. Blob storage is also referred to as Object storage.


Azure Cloud Architect Boot Camp – Redmond August 1-5 2016

Looking forward to this……AzureArchitectBootCampThis event is the same high quality technical training that internal Microsoft architect roles attend and it is now being extended to “elite and exclusive” Microsoft partners in Western Europe, France, Germany, United Kingdom, United States, and Canada.

The Azure Cloud Architect Boot Camp is a five-day immersive learning experience that includes general lecture sessions, case study workshops, executive panels, and hackathons – all delivered in partnership with Microsoft Engineering.

Sessions and topics such as the following will be covered: Azure storage, compute, Hybrid Net, Azure SDN, Recovery, Identity & Access Management, Service Fabric, IaaS under Azure resources, Dev Ops, App services, Machine Learning, R server, Cortana Analytics, Power BI, SQL DB, Azure Document DB, Azure Data Lake, Messaging, Event Hub, Stream Analytics, IoT, security and compliance, HPC, Azure Batch, Big Compute, Media Services, and Cloud Design Patterns.

Who should attend?

The Azure Cloud Architect Boot Camp is L300-L400 technical training exclusively oriented to those in “architect” roles at partner organizations who have advanced knowledge on Azure workloads. The training is NOT appropriate for those with only basic or intermediate knowledge of Azure.


#Azure101 Azure subscription and service limits, quotas, and constraints

“This document specifies some of the most common Microsoft Azure limits. Note that this does not currently cover all Azure services. Over time, these limits will be expanded and updated to cover more of the platform.

Note: If you want to raise the limit above the Default Limit, you can open an online customer support request at no charge. The limits cannot be raised above the Maximum Limit value in the tables below. If there is no Maximum Limit column, then the specified resource does not have adjustable limits.”


#Azure SQL Database options and performance: Understand what’s available in each service tier #AzureSQL

Azure SQL Database has multiple service tiers to handle different workloads. You can change service tiers at any time with zero downtime to your application. You can also create a single database with defined characteristics and pricing. Or you can manage multiple databases by creating an elastic database pool. In both cases, the tiers include Basic, Standard, and Premium. Database options in these tiers are similar for single databases and elastic pools, but there are additional considerations for elastic pools. This article provides detail of service tiers for single databases and elastic databases.



Onboarding with the Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) program Partner Center SDK #MVA #DEV #API #CREST


If you are a developer who is new to the Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) program, this course is for you! Examine how to onboard with the Partner Center Software Development Kit (SDK) for the CSP program. Walk through the steps you need to take as a developer, from getting your CSP account to downloading sample code and connecting to Microsoft servers.

Get an overview of the Partner Center SDK, and see how to create a Sandbox in the Partner Center. Take a look at how to add the App ID to the Sandbox, add the Sandbox Directory to a Microsoft Azure subscription, and add permissions to the App ID. From there, explore how to download the SDK and samples, add credentials and compile the console samples, and finally, how to build a sample web app.
Onboarding with the CSP Partner Center SDK
Learn to onboard with the Partner Center SDK for the Cloud Solution Provider, or CSP, program, from setting up your account to building a sample web app.
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SPLA Reseller Roadshow Training #SPLA #Hosters #ServiceProviders #Cloud

Register Here: http://bit.ly/14Y3qct

The Microsoft Services Provider License Agreement (SPLA) is designed for organizations that want to offer hosted software and services to end customers, such as Web hosting, hosted applications, messaging, collaboration, and platform infrastructure. SPLA partners have the ability to deliver a customized service with a flexible cost structure, no start-up costs, no monthly sales minimums or required term of commitment.

Microsoft now has over 22,000 service providers enrolled in the SPLA Program who have driven double-digit growth YoY for the past 3 years and in FY13 the global SPLA business surpassed the $1bn revenue mark.

Course Description:
This level 300 SPLA Reseller readiness training is specifically targeted at SPLA Resellers who want to have a detailed understanding of SPLA licensing. This training session consists of a series of short presentations followed by case work. Complex scenarios are covered such as Windows Server virtualization and SQL Server licensing.

Date & Time
4th September 2013
09:00 GMT – 16:00 GMT

Microsoft Ireland (Sales, Marketing and Services Group)
Building 3, Training room 5.42
Carmanhall Road
Sandyford Industrial Estate
Dublin 18

A Little about Lots – GCloud4 #CloudStore #GDS #GPS


G-Cloud4 CloudStore


The G-Cloud framework allows you to choose and purchase services covering infrastructure, platform, software and specialist cloud services. The difference between G-Cloud and other frameworks is that you do not purchase hardware or software licenses – instead you pay for services as you use them.

This initial G-Cloud framework is arranged over four lots:

  • Lot 1: Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)
  • Lot 2: Platforms as a Service (PaaS)
  • Lot 3: Software as a Service (SaaS)
  • Lot 4: Specialist Cloud Services

Lot 4 is for services outside of the three traditional ‘as a service’ (aaS) areas to support customers taking on cloud services.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Definition of Cloud Computing can be found here


Lot No:



Infrastructure As A Service (IaaS)

Short Description:

The definition of services within this Lot is:

the capability provided to the consumer is to provision processing, storage, networks, and other fundamental computing resources where the consumer is able to deploy and run arbitrary software, which can include operating systems and applications. The consumer does not manage or control the underlying cloud infrastructure but has control over operating systems, storage, and deployed applications; and possibly limited control of select networking components (e.g., host firewalls).

Lot No:



Platform As A Service (PaaS)

Short Description:

The definition of services within this Lot is:

the capability provided to the consumer is to deploy onto the cloud infrastructure consumer-created or acquired applications created using programming languages, libraries, services, and tools supported by the provider. The consumer does not manage or control the underlying cloud infrastructure including network, servers, operating systems, or storage, but has control over the deployed applications and possibly configuration settings for the application-hosting environment.

Lot No:



Software As A Service (SaaS)

Short Description:

The definition of services within this Lot is:

the capability provided to the consumer is to use the provider’s applications running on a cloud infrastructure. The applications are accessible from various client devices through either a thin client interface, such as a web browser (e.g., web-based email), or a program interface. The consumer does not manage or control the underlying cloud infrastructure including network, servers, operating systems, storage, or even individual application capabilities, with the possible exception of limited user-specific application configuration settings.

Lot No:



Specialist Cloud Services

Short Description:

The provision of Cloud support services including but not limited to:

Onboarding services

Design Authority

Business Analysis

Design and Development

Project Specification and Selection


Transition Management

User Management

Service Integration and Management Services (SIAM):

– Enterprise Architecture

– Project Management, Programme

Management and Governance

– Service and Systems Integration

– Service Management

– Software Support

– Helpdesk

Information management and digital continuity

– eDiscovery

– Data recovery, conversion and migration

– Data quality

– Digital archiving

– Data storage consultancy

Past, Present And Future: #Cloud Computing In Three Minutes via @cloudtweaks

Courtesy of CloudTweaks

Perhaps the most interesting thing about the cloud is just how fluffy it really is. Recent news indicates that it has finally gone mainsteam. Yet at the same time, most people are still not quite clear on what the cloud really is. To get a better understanding, here’s a three-minute summary of where the clouds came from and where they are heading.

Looking at the roots of the cloud computing movement, it all really started in the late ‘90s when companies with a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) business model started surfacing. Perhaps the most well known pioneer is Salesforce.com, the first billion-dollar company in the cloud space. Today there is a plethora of companies offering all kinds of online applications shared by the public. As a rule of thumb, if you could run something on your own computer but choose to tap into shared online resources instead, you are dealing with the cloud.

The second wave of cloud computing was kicked off in 2006 when Amazon launched Amazon Web Services. Within this new paradigm, if one needed something more than a shared online application someone else was running for you, it could be set up without having to invest in or run a physical machine. While engineers love complicated terms like Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and Virtual Private Cloud (VPC), the only thing you really need to know about public, private or hybrid clouds is that it is very much like a vacation timeshare. Most of us spend only a week or two at the vacation destination, so why pick up the bill for the time you are not there? And the above-mentioned acronyms just describe the logistics.

Looking into the future, the chances are that clouds, mobile devices and anything with electronics in it will all melt together into the Internet of Everything. Think of electronics as your senses that collect all kinds of data, the cloud as your brain in which all this data is stored, and mobile devices as your conscious mind that uses the data as appropriate.

With this analogy in mind, trying to understand the fine workings of the brain is best left to neurologists and brain surgeons. For most of us, the key thing to understand about the brain is that it works automatically – with dozens of unconscious actions triggered by a conscious one – and that we learn to use its full potential wisely.

By Juha Holkkola,


Oracle Clarifies #Cloud Computing Terminology #IaaS #CloudServices #Oracle

This week when Oracle rolled out what it described as an infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) offering, it got a lot of tongues wagging among cloud computing purists….

…Regardless of the terminology, Juan Loaiza, senior vice president for Oracle software development, says customers shouldn’t allow a debate about the definition of cloud computing stand in the way of taking advantage of a really good deal ….

…It may be too early to put aside existing cloud computing terminology all together. But we’re rapidly approaching the point where despite the best efforts of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the term is becoming another meaningless buzzword. You can argue all day long whether that’s a good or bad thing, but it won’t change any of the facts on the IT ground no matter how hard you try…..

Read the full artcicle here: http://www.itbusinessedge.com/blogs/it-unmasked/oracle-clarifies-cloud-computing-terminology.html

HP ASE Converged Infrastructure Architect Official Exam Certification Guide #Matrix HPCloudSystem #MOE #HPExpertOne

This HP ExpertOne book will help you prepare for the Architecting the HP Matrix Operating Environment (HP0-D20) exam. You will learn key technologies and the HP Converged Infrastructure solutions as you prepare for the HP ASE – Converged Infrastructure Architect V1 certification. Acquiring this certification validates your ability to transform data centers bringing together server, storage, and networking functions into an integrated and managed pool of IT resources. This guide will continue to serve as a useful reference to analyze customer requirements and recommend the correct HP Converged Infrastructure solution.


Perfect Storm Behind The #Cloud

“…Technology is only part of the reason why the cloud is taking off. Ed Hoppitt, global principal architect in BT, described the circumstances that have made it happen as a “perfect storm”, with the recession playing a big part…As a managed services provider the big change is that you are managing the person, not the desktop. The value in desktops and laptops is so small; it’s the person that is the most important part of a company…”

Read more here… http://syncni.com/news/5970

TeleBriefing: Evaluating Windows #Azure @directionsonms

The Windows Azure platform, Microsoft’s cloud-based application and data hosting environment, has received many updates since it became commercially available in February 2010. Services and tools have been added and updated, and future production offerings are available as preview releases. Some costs have been revised, and an online portal now provides a marketplace for purchase of Azure-based applications. Azure’s customer list continues to grow, and Microsoft touts new usage scenarios.
This TeleBriefing provides an overview of Azure’s latest additions and improvements including announcements made at the Sept. 2011 BUILD conference where Windows 8 was previewed and shown leveraging Azure services.

Register here: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/645067185