Azure Resource Manager: The Secret Sauce of the Microsoft Cloud Strategy
Since its introduction in 2009, Microsoft Azure has gone through a
significant transformation. What started as a hardcore set of platform
services is now a force to be reckoned within the infrastructure market as
According to Gartner, Azure is inching closer to AWS, firmly securing its
place in the top right section of the Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)
Magic Quadrant, which is reserved only for the market leaders.
One technology that’s accelerating Microsoft’s infrastructure services
is Azure Resource Manager, which has become the cornerstone of Microsoft
cloud platform. And it’s gearing up to play a key role in Azure Stack, the
private cloud offering from Redmond.
In this multi-part article series, of which this piece is the first
installment, we will take a closer look at Azure Res... (more)
How Microsoft Is Making Big Impact with Machine Learning
During the last two years, Microsoft has upped the ante on Machine Learning
and Analytics. From hiring top notch data scientists to acquiring niche
startups, Redmond has made the all the right moves to transform Azure into
one of the best analytics platforms. These investments have started to pay
off for the company. It has been successful in articulating and demonstrating
the value of data-driven insights to governments, medical institutions, and
public sector organizations.
Emerging markets that are turning technology sav... (more)
Azure Resource Manager: The Shift from Services to Resources
In the first part of this series, we discussed the evolution of Azure IaaS
and role of Azure Resource Manager. The next installment of the series
explains the key differences between Azure Service Management (ASM) and Azure
Resource Management (ARM) models. We will also take a look at key concepts
and terminology related to ARM.
ASM or ARM?
One of the key tenets of cloud, especially infrastructure services, is
programmability. Almost every cloud provider exposes a set of APIs to
manipulate the virtual infrastructure pr... (more)
During the early days of my career, I used a variety of development
environments, including the most popular Turbo C along with FoxPro,
PowerBuilder, and Delphi before finally settling down with Microsoft Visual
Studio. The first line of code that I have ever written was in QBasic running
on Microsoft DOS. The editor had useful features like adding the line numbers
and automatically converting the statements to uppercase. Hitting F5 would
run the program instantly without having to switch to the command prompt.
The family of Visual Studio had a variety of tools bundled together —... (more)
After Internet of Things (IoT), Connected Cars is the most used buzzword in
the industry. From automobile manufacturers to software vendors to telecom
operators to consumer electronic companies, everyone is excited about the
connected vehicle phenomenon. With the power of 20 modern PCs, contemporary
cars pack more punch than any another computing device. They contain more
than 100 million lines of code that can process up to 25GB of data in an
One of the factors that’s turning this concept into a reality is ubiquitous
connectivity. The rise of 4G LTE and emerging 5G networ... (more)