Azure: Internet of Things: The Big Bang

With automation being an inseparable part of our everyday lives, fascinations like remote controlled homes and smart objects connected directly to the internet and taking care of themselves are not something that have been limited to mankind’s dreams. These technologies have very much become a part of our day to day lives, for e.g.: printers being able to order cartridges and inks as soon as they reach crucial levels, medical wearable devices able to monitor and upload data on cloud based storage systems time to time, rooms that maintain light and temperature based on sensors and much more. All these inclusive is being termed as The Internet of Things (IoT) has reached to new and scalable heights with business ideas that have helped not only create a completely new vertical of technology and automation but has also given rise to a humungous stream of revenue source.

Companies that are making and offering such connected products through applications and tools like Sandvik and Omnivex which are among the leaders in the scenario design platforms and communication media to connect their products to Azure IoT to enhance and enable their connected products and make automation, monitoring and control much easier than before.

Considering the pitfalls that come hand in hand with any new advent, the security and efficiency of these systems if not handled with utmost care can easily provide loopholes to menaces. With the Internet being an enormous data house easily accessible to anyone with a smart phone in their hands, it is imperative that such highly advanced systems be secure enough as to protect consumers, their data and also keep their trust built up and maintained.

 

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Azure DevOps Server 2019: A revolution in self hosting.

An icing on the cake for customers who prefer to self host, Microsoft recently launched the first release candidate (RC) of Azure DevOps Server 2019. The DevOps Server 2019, being optimized for customers as mentioned above, mainly delivers the code base of Microsoft Azure DevOps.  Self hosting customers usually are the ones who require a guaranteed isolated instance of the DevOps as they need a run on-premises version or because the system requirement is in regions wherein a hosted version of DevOps is not available.

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The new Azure DevOps server includes the latest Azure DevOps user interface which is fast, clean and contains numerous advanced features, following the evolution of Team Foundation Server. In addition to the existing support for SQL server, Azure DevOps Server 2019 includes support for Azure SQL enabling organizations to use their own data center to self host Azure DevOps using an on- premises SQL server. This self hosting can also be done in the cloud which lets customers utilize the premium Azure SQL  capabilities and performance to the fullest. This release has raised the bars and Azure DevOps is now the provider of best in class hybrid-cloud development collaboration capabilities through which the customers can self host in the cloud, install on- premises or make use of the globally available Microsoft hosted service which also gives the benefits of automatic scaling and updates simultaneously.

The new release management interface which makes it easier to manage how the deployment is taking place is also a part of the Azure DevOps server 2019. The end to end traceability is an added feature which makes it quite an effortless task to monitor the details of the deployments.  Customers using TFS 2012 or a later version can directly upgrade to Azure DevOps Server 2019 without any hassle while those on TFS 2010 or older might need to go through some interim steps before they can actually uograde to the latest released version.

What’s new for Azure – Ansible with Azure – Cloud Computing just got better!!!

With the latest updates of Ansible that enables more of software automation provisioning, there are multiple new features that would be added to Microsoft Azure and change the way things were till now. Ansible 2.7, launched in the first week of October has a total of whopping 21 new Azure models and provides a plethora of automation opportunities for Azure. The deployment and configuration of numerous Azure resources can now be natively automated and would ease out tasks for the multitude of its users out there.

Some of the Azure resources that would rightaway benefit from this new update are

Azure Web Apps: Using Ansible, creation and configuration of web apps, REST APIs and mobile back ends have become much easier.

Azure Traffic Manager: With the help of Ansible, creation and configuration of Azure Traffic Manager for optimal traffic distribution reaching out services globally at Azure regions.

Azure Route: Override Azure’s old school routing through Ansible’s new means of creating and configuring your own routes.

Azure Applicate Gateway: Ansible lets you create and configure Azure Applicate Gateway and gives you easy ways to manage web traffic.

Azure Autoscale: Changing times and changing demands can be easily managed through creating and configuring Azure Autoscale to help applications perform their best.

Additional facts module for VM and ACR: Ansible makes access to information about virtual machines or Azure container registry for further configuration.

Ref: Ansible with Azure