There’s a little part of me that hankers after some of the AWS implementations (e.g. Lambda, Redshift), but Azure has matured nicely over the last few years and is a natural choice for anybody who is heavily invested in .Net development.
October 28th, 2019
Persisting aggregates of AppInsights data in a warehouse can be a useful means of distributing summary information or retaining monitoring data over the long term. You can automate the harvesting of these aggregates using Azure Data Factory.
July 4th, 2019
Azure Data Factory has been much improved with the addition of data flows, but it suffers from some familiar integration platform shortcomings. The claim of enabling a “code free” warehouse may be pushing things a bit.
February 9th, 2019
There does seem to be growing confusion over what Service Fabric is really for. Is it an orchestrator for microservices? A means of lifting and shifting legacy applications into the cloud? An application development framework?
December 18th, 2018
Azure Functions only provides direct support for a narrow range of authentication providers. If you want to use an external token provider or custom solution, you’ll have to create the plumbing yourself.
July 10th, 2018
Microsoft have added a Kafka façade to Azure Event Hubs, presumably in the hope of luring Kafka users onto its platform. This makes sense as the platforms have a lot in common, though there are some missing Kafka features that may prove critical.
October 3rd, 2017
The serverless promise of unlimited scale-out can be a curse when your downstream processes and data stores have strict limits on throughput. With Azure Functions your options for mitigating this are limited, though the new durable functions may provide an answer…
July 22nd, 2017
Azure Table Storage can be tuned for high throughput workloads, but you’ll probably be faced with some difficult trade-offs.
July 5th, 2017
You can now write compiled Azure functions in C# with full unit test coverage, though there are a few obstacles along the way.
May 26th, 2017
Recently released toolsets for AWS Lambda and Azure Functions are finally making serverless application development available to C# developers.
June 2nd, 2016
Serverless computing makes bold promises of development without having to worry about environments, scaling or deployment. Haven’t we been here before?
March 20th, 2015
Azure Search may be based on ElasticSearch but it’s an abstraction that exposes a very different API – the underlying engine is almost incidental.
December 16th, 2014
Azure Service Bus can provide first-in-first-out messaging in theory, but this is not the same as guaranteeing the order in which your messages are processed.
December 12th, 2013
The API that you use to access Azure’s distributed memory cache service is simple enough, but if you don’t manage access carefully then you may find yourself falling victim to intermittent “temporary failure error” messages.
November 24th, 2013
Azure’s Active Directory Premium service is an increasingly compelling solution for cloud-based identity management. However, if you want control over the login experience or branding then you will have to consider setting up your own identity store. This can still be done in Azure by setting up Active Directory and ADFS 2.0 on a virtual machine.
April 22nd, 2013
Azure’s Brokered Message API provides a basic set of methods that make it easy to start sending and receiving messages through the Azure Service Bus. The problem is that it doesn’t do much to provide some of the basic scaffolding required by a serviceable messaging client.