Azure EA Financial Reporting and Granular Access to Data Through the Enterprise

With the billing data from your Azure Enterprise Agreement collected into one database, it is still necessary to break down the costs and provide access to the correct departments and individuals. This is important for chargeback and further analysis. In this article, Feodor Georgiev demonstrates how to provide granular access to the billing data.… Read more

Azure DevOps: Show Me the JSON!

Creating resources in Azure, while not difficult, can be time consuming if you use the manual steps. One way to automate the process is by using JSON templates to save time and enforce standards. In this article, Brian Flynn describes how to create JSON templates for deploying a network with virtual machines. … Read more

Understanding your Azure EA Billing Data and Building a Centralized Data Storage Solution

Many organizations are moving to Azure and other cloud providers. Understanding how resources are being used and what is spent is very important. In this article, Feodor explains his solution for automating the collection of the Enterprise Agreement billing from Azure into an Azure SQL Database where it can be analyzed. … Read more

Introduction to Azure Cosmos DB Emulator for Creating Applications

Azure Cosmos DB is Microsoft’s NoSQL database platform running in the cloud. In this article, Suhas Pande explains many of the core concepts in Cosmos DB. Additionally, he goes over how to set up a local Cosmos DB emulator to create collections and documents. Using a local emulator is free and allows development with Cosmos DB without being connected to Azure. … Read more

Creating Intelligent Bots Using the Microsoft Bot Framework

Azure, Microsoft's cloud, provides dozens of services to make cloud development fast without the need to worry about infrastructure such as hardware. In this article, Jakub Kaczmarek explains the benefits and challenges of creating a bot using the Microsoft Bot Framework found on Azure. He also walks you through creating a simple bot.… Read more

Azure and Windows PowerShell: The Basics

IT shops do not want to spend time and energy managing infrastructure and servers as was done in the past. They must conserve resources for the things that add value for the business. Today, it is challenging for companies to automate and configure their Azure infrastructure. In the first part of his new series, Nicolas Prigent introduces the basics about Azure and Windows PowerShell for DevOps and Sysadmin.… Read more

Questions About Amazon Data Migration Service (AWS DMS) That You Were Too Shy to Ask

Can you imagine it? You are in a group of smart database people, and they are debating the finer points about AWS DMS, and you don't even know what the letters stand for. You just feel too shy to ask those basic questions that seem ridiculous once you're up to speed. Laerte Junior answers all the questions you need answers for when facing the prospect of getting familiar with Amazon's useful Database Migration Servic… Read more

Automating Azure: Creating an On-Demand HDInsight Cluster

This article pulls together the concepts from two previous articles to demonstrate a way to automate the “on-demand” creation and deletion of an HDInsight cluster. This not only serves as a demonstration of the power of automating Azure provisioning, but is a practical solution for the user who only occasionally requires the power of HDInsight for scalable computations.… Read more