Azure Networking – Simplified

Software defined networks in the cloud can be a bit daunting when coming from a traditional on-premises environment where you rack/stack equipment and can visibility trace the interconnects. Many of these traditional concepts extend into the cloud and these 2 records take you on a journey demonstrating basic networking and extending to setting up a full VPN tunnel from my […]

Keeping your Linux and Windows Machines updated with Azure!

In this Episode, we are joined with our colleagues Allen Brokken and Shannon Kuehn on how they leveraged components of Azure to introduce automation for a customer to keep 1000’s of VMs updated regardless of where the infrastructure is running! This was accomplished using in-built capabilities in Azure called update management and a component called Hybrid runbook workers. This is […]

Tales from the Breakdown Lane: Real World stories of customer mistakes

“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.” ― Albert Einstein. When it comes to cloud computing, I’m in full agreement with Albert Einstein. Deploying and operating workloads in the cloud, especially at scale, is functionally different than on premises and it’s important to review and apply some of the recommended practices and practices we provide […]

Cloud Governance: Starting with a Plan

Cloud computing allows you to move at a rapid pace, but thankfully Azure has capabilities to introduce guard rails without being too imposing. Check out our conversation with Principal Program Manager from Patterns and Practices, Derek Martin, about his experiences helping and guiding customers to establish governance plans. Microsoft has guides geared towards small and large enterprises available here. Derek […]

Streamline Your Business, Engage Customers and Reduce Costs with Azure AI and Bots!

Join us as we talk with our CSA colleague Melissa Lacefield and learn how she’s leveraged the power of the Bot framework to address some of her customer’s challenges. In this session we also walk through the basics of creating a Q&A bot in the Azure portal! Azure QnA Maker Details. New to Azure?  Create a trial subscription here:


Lex Thomas over at the Taste of Premier show had me on as a guest to bring simplicity to the growing trend of micro services and containerizing applications. I get down to basics starting with a primer on containerization concepts and walk through how Kubernetes on Azure can provide value to anyone needing to host services and applications in a […]

Azure PodCast – DevOps Simplified

The kind folks over at The Azure Podcast had me on as a guest where I chatted with them about some interesting ways customers have leveraged Azure DevOps pipelines to address complex management of large cloud deployments for doing simple tasks such as deploying new software to more complex operations such as patching or tearing environments up and down. In […]

Solving real customer problems with durable Azure functions

Check out the latest episode of CloudSimplified we chat with Louis Berman, host of the AzureAbility podcast, on how he used Azure functions to quickly build a solution to ingest massive amounts of XML data being sent from trading partners his customer interfaced with. We see how you can quickly build solutions using Azure functions and walk through building more […]

Simplifying Cloud Connectivity

Azure provides many options for stitching together networks using partner solutions from vendors like Cisco and Barracuda but also provides native features to help you quickly get started such as the Azure VPN Gateway where you can easily bridge an on-premises network with a network in the cloud. Check out Taste of Premier where I walk through connecting up my […]

Azure DevOps: It’s not just for devs!

Azure DevOps isn’t just for developers — it provides powerful capabilities to build, deploy and configure both new and existing infrastructure running in any cloud or on-premises. Instead of treating your virtual machines as ‘pets,’ treat them like cattle and automate creating them from scratch using Azure DevOps and the power of Desired State Configuration! (DSC). On this latest edition […]