Ready to Kick SQL Server Clusters to the Curb? The Latest Microsoft SLA Can Help

By Marcus Crast Did you know you can now run a stand-alone SQL Server virtual machine in production—and that Microsoft will provide you with a Service-Level Agreement (SLA)? With the recent changes that Microsoft has made to the Virtual Machine Computing platform (A.K.A., IaaS), they’re pushing the envelope to make it tremendously easier for customers … Continued

Azure Site Recovery: The Swiss Army Knife of Cloud Tools

By Shannon Kuehn Most people think of business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR) when Azure Site Recovery (ASR) is mentioned. But did you know that it’s a powerful lift-and-shift tool, too? While it contributes significantly to your BCDR strategy, it also orchestrates replication of on-premises physical servers and virtual machines to the cloud (Azure) for … Continued

Compliance as Code:
An Introduction to InSpec

By Annie Hedgpeth One of my main goals at 10th Magnitude is to make every cloud migration or implementation safer and more secure than it used to be on premise. One way in which we can get a greater assurance of security is to not only see the infrastructure as code, but to see the … Continued

Snowflakes and Azure Migrations: No Two Are Alike

By Ryan Kelly   At 10th Magnitude, we’ve worked with hundreds of clients to help transform their businesses with Microsoft Azure, and we’ve learned that there are many ways to go about migrating your applications to Azure. We’ve found that Azure migrations are like snowflakes; each one is different, so there’s no one-size-fits-all solution. Your current … Continued

Down the Hatch: Ingesting Data into Big Data and IoT Solutions in Azure

By Brian Blanchard Data warehouses deployed to Microsoft Azure come equipped with several native data ingestion mechanisms. Each of these ingestion options has a native element already deployed to Azure. Additional third-party tools may also be considered. Some examples include SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS), Informatica and Talend, among others. However, the following tools are … Continued

Using Power BI for Application Tracing and Diagnostics Logs

By Mitesh Patekar Not being a big data or business intelligence (BI) guy myself, it’s been a fascinating experience familiarizing myself with the two areas. BI can always be linked to each and every domain, whether it’s business development or making strategic decisions about application monitoring. Being an application developer, it’s a good practice to … Continued

5 Reasons Your Data Warehouse Belongs in Microsoft Azure

By Marcus Crast By now, you’ve probably heard chatter about Microsoft SQL Data Warehouse (SQL DW), but what is it? And why should you be using it? Well, to start, it’s a cloud-based, scale-out database capable of processing massive volumes of data—both relational and non-relational. Built on massively parallel processing (MPP) architecture, it’s a beast … Continued

DevOpsDays Dallas: Q&A with Trevor Hess and Annie Hedgpeth

DevOpsDays Dallas held in mid-September was a rousing success and 10th Magnitude can’t thank the organizers enough (including our own Annie Hedgpeth). Those in the industry converged upon—you guessed it—Dallas and took part in two days of presentations and discussions on how to better bring development and operations teams together. Oh yeah, and there was … Continued

A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating Functions Within Azure’s IoT Hub

By Brian Blanchard In days past, implementing a closed-loop IoT solution required significant coordination, time and effort—a luxury most understaffed IT departments don’t have. And with IoT adoption growing at a staggering rate, it’s imperative to streamline every process possible. That’s where Microsoft Azure’s IoT Hub comes in, particularly its ability to send data back … Continued

Encrypting Settings at Rest in Azure Service Fabric

By Ryan Kelly Included with every Microsoft Azure Service Fabric Actor and Service is a nice little settings.xml file that you may have considered using to store configuration values for your actors and services. Unfortunately, the documentation on how this file can be used is a bit lacking, so after hitting my head against it … Continued