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Azure Stack: Building an end-to-end validation environment

In this guide, we provide information to help you plan for an end-to-end Azure Stack validation environment using the Azure Stack Development Kit. We cover many of the core concepts required to build a functional Azure Stack environment, including subscriptions, services, quotas, plans, and offers. You'll learn about the constructs and configurable options available in Azure Stack, and see how to tackle the key considerations that go into planning a successful implementation.Authored by Paul Appleby, Kath McBride, Joel Yoker, and Derek Gamlyn from the Azure Customer Advisory Team (AzureCAT), this content is based on our work with early-adopter customers and is not intended to be prescriptive guidance. Our goal is to help you understand the foundational elements of Azure Stack to assist you in evaluation and planning.

Deploying microservices and containers with Azure Container Service and DC/OS

Microservices, delivered through containers and the cloud, are emerging as the best path forward to develop today’s modern applications. You can run containers on your own hardware, in the cloud, or in a hybrid environment. They offer an open and portable solution for agile development. This white paper will cover the challenges and complexities that companies face when modernizing their applications to take advantage of the cloud.  It also identifies approaches available to efficiently build and deploy applications securely while ensuring scalability and reliability.

Build better apps, get your data where it needs to be, and get it there fast

When you extend the global reach of your enterprise, you’ll find new markets for your products and services. That means reaching more potential customers, bigger growth potential, and higher ROI. But to tap into those emerging markets, you need to provide the best, most consistent user experience. Now, it’s possible for you to build, deploy, and manage modern apps at scale with a globally-distributed database—without the hassles associated with hosting in your data center. Read the e-book Build Modern Apps with Big Data at a Global Scale and learn how Azure Cosmos DB, a globally-distributed turnkey database service, is transforming the world of modern data management. Keep access to your data available, consistent, and safe—with industry-leading, enterprise-grade security and compliance. Start developing the best app experience for your users based on five well-defined consistency models:Strong: Favors data consistency. Ideal for banks, e-commerce processing, and online booking.Bounded Staleness: Delivers accurate data in a reasonable timeframe, in chronological order. Works best with GPS data collecting and shipping apps.Session: Provides logical and real-time data to assist profile updates, music apps, and retail.Consistent Prefix: Serves a sequential order of data to the user. Example scenarios include sports updates and social media comments.Eventual: Emphasizes availability over write order. Great for product reviews, wall posts, and receipt retrieval.Tell us about yourself and download Build Modern Apps with Big Data at a Global Scale today.

Performance and Productivity: Your Guide to Managing Cloud Sprawl

More workloads, more apps, more services: Do you know how to manage cloud sprawl?Businesses that have adopted a hybrid cloud model are achieving new levels of agility, innovation, and cost savings. But at the same time, some are seeing a corresponding proliferation, or sprawl, of cloud-based services.Cloud sprawl needs to be managed. The Performance and Productivity: Your Guide to Managing Cloud Sprawl e-book will help you rethink your approach to managing multiple cloud services by adopting an intelligent, holistic solution to secure and control your cloud resources. In this e-book, you will learn how a unified approach to management and security can help you:Get critical security insights that reveal internal and external threatsProtect against business disruptionMonitor your cloud environment in real timeManage your configurations at scaleImplement governance policies across your entire hybrid environment

How to run desktop applications in Azure X11 Linux virtual machines

To use GUI applications on Azure Linux virtual machines, our customers have found it very useful to tunnel X11 traffic over SSH and display it on their workstations. This article shows you how to use the Microsoft Azure portal to create a Windows Server virtual machine on the same virtual network as a Linux virtual machine that you also create. We install VcXsrv Windows X Server, but you can also use other X11 server applications, such as Xming or MobaXterm, if you prefer.  We also show you how to install an SSH client to connect to the Linux machine so you can directly access it from the Windows machine. We use PuTTY, but you can use another terminal emulator, such as MobaXterm. Finally, we test the setup by installing xterm on the Linux virtual machine. This article is authored by Ross Sponholtz from the Azure Customer Advisory Team (AzureCAT).

Azure Stack: An extension of Azure

Azure Stack is an extension of Azure, bringing the agility and fast-paced innovation of cloud computing to on-premises environments.  Organizations can now build modern applications across hybrid cloud environments, balancing the right amount of flexibility and control. Developers can build applications using a consistent set of Azure services and DevOps processes and tools, then collaborate with operations to deploy to the location that best meets the business, technical, and regulatory requirements. Download this white paper to learn more about how you can extend Azure Stack to make Azure services available on-premises.

Microsoft AI Platform Whitepaper - Build Intelligent Software

In this whitepaper you will learn how you can build intelligent software with the Microsoft AI Platform.

Enterprise Cloud Strategy—get the cloud computing e-book summary

Learn about the basics of adopting a cloud computing strategy for your enterprise. The second edition of the cloud computing e-book, Enterprise Cloud Strategy, covers essential information for planning and executing your enterprise cloud migration. In this executive summary of the 140-page e-book, you’ll get introduced to the strategic importance of the cloud for your business, as well as:Find key takeaways from the book, including resources to support your migration.Get familiar with cloud computing terminology, concepts, and options.Learn about building a roadmap for your journey to the cloud.

Microsoft Project Olympus Hyperscale GPU Accelerator (HGX-1)

HGX-1 architecture as a PCIe-connected Expansion Box (EB) integrates high-performing compute engines such as GPGPUs, FPGAs, and emerging ASIC-based accelerators.  Project Olympus Universal Server cables to HGX-1 Chassis as a head node.  This disaggregated approach provides the flexibility to independently choose different CPUs in the head node or accelerators in the expansion box.  With a flexible IO-to-Host-Memory interconnect, and a Universal Building Block (UBB), HGX-1 architecture provides a multi-chassis solution to scale up to four chassis of eight high-powered accelerators along with the associated PCIe devices for storage and networking.

The Total Economic Impact™ of Microsoft Azure IaaS

The 2017 study, The Total Economic Impact™ of Microsoft Azure IaaS, gives insight into both the costs and benefits of large-scale Azure infrastructure as a service (IaaS) implementation. This commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting analyzes the return on investment and business impact that several enterprises experienced when moving from a primarily on-premises environment to Azure. The companies interviewed come from a variety of industries and locations (global/multinational, North American, and European).In addition to a 435 percent overall return on an Azure IaaS investment*, the businesses also experienced:Reduced data center and outsourcing costs.Website scale and performance improvements.Ease of experimentation through virtualized environments.Developer and tester improvements. Download the study to learn about the potential ROI that could be realized by shifting some or all of your management and operations to Azure.