So you’ve gone to PAAS but what about the data?

There is often a question that i hear while on engagements with customers… Customer: Yes we definitely want the availability of the the cloud for our web front end applications but we don’t feel comfortable having our data stored in the cloud.  What can we do to run our app in the cloud but keep […]

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Thinking about Microservices? You need DevOps first

With the rise of new virtualization technologies using containers, people are starting to think more and more about using microservices in their organizations. It’s definitely a topic that has been getting a lot of attention. Many of the top technology companies have attributed some of their recent success to microservices. Some of these companies include Netflix, Amazon, […]

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Integrate Cloud Load Testing into Your Release Pipeline with VSTS

How fast does your website respond under typical user load? What would performance look like with a sudden 75% increase in traffic? Or 300%? Is the code you’re about to deploy going to improve or degrade performance of the website? What kind of difference will scaling out or up make to your website’s performance? If […]

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Code your Azure Function directly in the Azure portal

Going Serverless with Azure Functions

Azure Functions open a door to new ways of solving business problems that are more focused or isolated in nature. A Function could be a simple task of sending an email when something happens or a more complex chain of dependent processes. The primary benefit is the ability to create small solutions without the need to build an entire web […]

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Team Services and Your Cross-platform Teams

As a DevOps consulting company, we are often asked by our customers to provide them with guidance about tools that will help them improve their software development process.  Since we are a Microsoft DevOps partner and experts in Team Services, those conversations typically go in the direction on how Team Service and Azure can be […]

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DevOps, Tesla, and The Machine That Makes The Machine

It was announced recently that Tesla surpassed Ford in market value. While some of that evaluation can be attributed to hype, that’s still real money that investors are pouring into a company that was born less than fifteen years ago. How did this startup surpass the value of a company with 100 years of growth and market […]

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Azure Traffic Manager Keeps Your Website Up When Your Datacenter Goes Down

Stories of widescale website outages caused by cloud datacenter failures have been in the news this past month. These outages have led many to lament cloud computing and ponder bringing services back in-house, as if running the websites on their own servers would somehow protect against having just one point of failure. These concerns are not related to […]

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5 Ways to Increase Productivity in Cross-Functional Dev Teams

With the craze over building Single Page Applications (SPAs), companies have joined the movement and hired armies of front-end engineers with/without experience in back-end technologies. These new engineers that have brought about refreshing talent and new ideas to spur the growth. To accommodate the new talent, many of these companies have built what is known as “cross-functional” teams. Simply put, […]

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3 Easy Customizations in Team Services that Add Immediate Value

As a non-developer who appreciates easy-to-use tools, I was jealous of our technical team and how they could use Visual Studio Team Services to track work and manage their backlog. When our Software Architect, Mikey Cooper, suggested we use Team Services to track our Sales Pipeline I was immediately intrigued. Once he set it up […]

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The Race to DevOps

As I travel the southeast region of the US and deliver VSTS and DevOps training one thing has become abundantly clear…  Companies are joining the race to DevOps.  The auto race analogy actually works very well in the DevOps transition that is occurring in technology.  There are many teams already racing, some are faster than others […]

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