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Interrogating Public Police Data with open-source technology and serverless methods

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Interrogating Public Police Data with open-source technology and serverless methods ##* Update, the dashboards are currently Online (July 6th).  This was built as an educational tools and to demonstrate the art of the possible.  If you are interested in funding or rebuilding within your own cloud subscription please contact me via @virtual_simon *## I’ll preface with a few of the resources I’ve used so far in my Azure study journey 70-532 Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions… Read More »Interrogating Public Police Data with open-source technology and serverless methods

Import Azure Rate Card to vROPs

Import Azure Rate Card to vROPs I’ve been working with a customer over the last day or so to import their Azure cost information (or Azure rate card) into vROPs so that they can run a what-if analysis to plan a migration to the public cloud. Within vROPs we have the option to upload our public cloud rate cards into the service, so the the data that is provided from the service reflects the actual… Read More »Import Azure Rate Card to vROPs

How to get the available Azure VM sizes with – Get-AzureRmVMSize

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How to get the available Azure VM sizes with – Get-AzureRmVmSize I was recently working with a customer who was struggling to get a list of available Azure VM sizes for the locations he wanted to deploy Az IaaS VMs.  Whilst I work mainly with VMware technologies a customer is a customer, so I was more than happy to help. PowerShell As luck would have it there is a PowerShell module to provide just the… Read More »How to get the available Azure VM sizes with – Get-AzureRmVMSize

The impact of gravity on the Cloud

The impact of gravity on the cloud, what am I talking about now… Gravity is defined as “the force that attracts a body towards the centre of the earth”, that can be extrapolated onwards to state “or towards any other physical body having mass”.  It’s a force that has shape everything in our universe.  Which is interesting. A topic that people take a life time investigating and exploring, but why am I writing about gravity… Read More »The impact of gravity on the Cloud

Cloud Migration Steps to Success

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Cloud Migration Steps to Success The future for many services will be cloud hosting.  Services that are now hosted on on-premises infrastructure, will be able to be rebuilt and consume cloud architectures in new and innovative ways outside of the traditional data center.  Imagine you’re tasked with overseeing that development of business services, how do you get there? what are the Cloud Migration Steps to Success? Cloud Strategy Not all organisations have the same requirements… Read More »Cloud Migration Steps to Success

Software Defined – How did we get here?

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It’s widely acknowledged that to understand the present, and to try and predict the future you must know and understand the past.

The current data centre landscape is a complex place.  Virtualisation of compute resources with VMware has been the de facto standard for over a decade. The move to software defined infrastructure has been gathering momentum and VMware’s vision for the software defined data centre (SDDC) looks set to augment vSphere offerings and continue to dominate the private data centre landscape.

So how did we get here?  How did we go from that initial wow factor that came from first experiencing VMotion to the VMware SDDC?  I think it all comes down to one building block.Read More »Software Defined – How did we get here?

5 reasons why to consider Azure for your public cloud

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As part of my day job I was asked to write a short article explaining why I think organisations should consider Azure for there public cloud services.

At a very high level the five reasons, that I believe are part of a compelling growing argument are;

  • Identity Management.
  • Microsoft Trust Centre and Security.
  • Azure App Service.
  • Azure Service Bus.
  • Azure Stack.

As you can imagine reducing the list of Azure services to just five bite size discussion topics was very tough.  It is probably no surprise to those of you that follow this blog, that I prepared information about more than the five!

So after the brake and in no particular order, here are the Azure reasons and services than didn’t quite make the final article, which appears on Xtravirt’s website.

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Serverless reference table

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Serverless reference table

Serverless Logo

I’ve written a few posts providing a quick outline of various serverless architecture options.  To compliment that I’ve pulled together a Serverless reference table of the different offerings from Microsoft, AWS and Google to act as a quick reference card.

Simon

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Serverless – What are the options?

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Serverless Architecture

I’m a big fan of serverless architecture.  My view is that removing the infrastructure and operating systems from the business processes and services enables a different kind of thinking.

Ultimately, a business is only really interested in the successful operation, experience and outcomes of the applications, systems and data they are running on the infrastructure.  Read More »Serverless – What are the options?

MAPA – Microsoft Association of Practising Architects

MAPA – Microsoft Association of Practising Architects

Now this flew under my radar until recently.  Through ‘The-MAPA’, Microsoft have setup a place for a community of architects to develop.  Providing valuable resources to architects who are building IP and solutions utilising the Microsoft Cloud, platforms for community interaction and a channel to communicate directly back to Microsoft.Read More »MAPA – Microsoft Association of Practising Architects