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Project Santa Cruz Part 2: Capturing Images to Train a Model

After three very busy weeks of trying to get a few things done on other projects, I had a chance to circle back around for project Santa Cruz, also known as Azure Precept. (If you haven’t read my Part 1 post in this series, check that out. It will give more context to this post.)…

Microsoft Azure for SQL Server Professionals

Lift and shift is a utopia many IT professionals have about moving on-prem resources to the cloud. The truth is you must understand how the cloud works so you can adjust, design accordingly, and deliver to expectations. As SQL DBAs, you have options and can choose between IaaS or PaaS, between SQL in a VM…

Tech on Fire: Azure Container Registry and Container File Systems

Having your own container registry for container images ensures better control over security and quality. Azure Container Registry does this with a turn-key solution with a lot of value-added features. In this video, we’ll look at Azure Container Registry and how container file systems play into making registries work to save time and space.

Atmosera acquires Wintellect, an Atlanta-based software development and training firm

Atmosera Acquires Wintellect to create full-service, world-class offerings on Microsoft Azure Portland, Ore, March 9, 2021 – Atmosera, a Microsoft Gold Partner and leading Microsoft Azure Expert MSP providing Azure services on a global scale, announced today that it has purchased Wintellect, an Atlanta based world-leader in app modernization and development, Azure DevOps, Data and…
Device In The Box

Project Santa Cruz Part 1: Unboxing and First Impressions

I started down the rabbit hole of AI a few years back when the idea of AI was coming to the forefront of computing rather than being relegated to a niche corner. I remember building my first AI models base on the MNIST dataset, which is often used as a benchmark for testing various classification…

Kubernetes, DAPR, and Azure Identity Example – Part V

Continuing from part IV of our series, this post will incorporate the DAPR runtime services into the application. The source related to this post is contained in the azure-and-dapr-identity-example repo. Incorporating DAPR Up to this point, nothing we’ve done included DAPR. We’ve just used Kubernetes definitions to assemble the application components. DAPR provides a number…

Kubernetes, DAPR, and Azure Identity Example – Part IV

Continuing from part III of our series, this post will walk through setting up simple back-end services, including a configuration service as well as services that require user authentication. It will also include a service that calls the Microsoft Graph on behalf of the authenticated user. We will be using .NET Core v5 application to…

Kubernetes, DAPR, and Azure Identity Example – Part III

Continuing from part II of our series, we will next walk through setting up user authentication using Azure Active Directory. The source related to this post is contained in the adding-authentication branch of the repo. Creating an AAD Application We will need to register an application with Azure Active Directory. The following are links to…

Kubernetes, Dapr, and Azure Identity Example – Part II

Continuing from part I of our series, we will next step through building a simple, front end web application, deploying it to the Kubernetes cluster, then exposing it to the outside world via a Kubernetes Ingress. The source related to this post is contained in the building-frontend-app branch of the repo. Building a Web Front…

Kubernetes, Dapr, and Azure Identity Example – Part I

Introduction In this series of posts, we will walk you through setting up a static website (SPA), user authentication using Azure Active Directory (AAD), and simple authenticated services, all within a Kubernetes cluster using DAPR services. The source code is located at https://github.com/dfbaskin/azure-and-dapr-identity-example. There are separate branches related to the different posts. This example was…

How Azure Synapse integrates your data pipelines

Cloud computing is an exciting platform to deliver solutions in a fraction of the time it is used to take. It bypasses the heavy lifting of setting up everything from the power outlet in a data center or data room. Dealing with the multiple cloud provider’s approaches to their services can be challenging, though. Even…

Azure Tagging and Policy: A Match Made in the Cloud

Azure provides a rich, out of the box experience for enforcing roles and access to Azure. Sometimes, however, these controls are not enough, and this is where Azure Tagging and Azure Policy come into play. With Tagging and Policy tools, you can enforce rules and apply organization to resources, resource groups, and subscriptions. In this…