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Thanks for 10 years and welcome to a new chapter in SQL innovation

John 'JG' Chirapurath General Manager, SQL Server and Azure Data + AI Tomorrow, July 9, 2019, marks the end of extended support for SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2. These releases transformed the database industry, with all the core components of a database platform built-in at a fraction of the cost of other databases. We saw broad adoption across applications, data marts, data warehousing, and business intelligence. Thank you for the ten amazing years we’ve had together. But now support for the SQL Server 2008 and R2 versions is ending. Whether you prefer the evergreen SQL of Azure SQL Database managed instance which never needs to be patched or upgraded, or if you need the flexibility and configurability of SQL Server hosted on a Azure Virtual Machine with three free years of Extended Security Updates , Azure provides the best choice of destinations to secure and modernize your database....

Azure Data Box Heavy is now generally available

Dean Paron General Manager, Azure Data Box Our customers continue to use the Azure Data Box family to move massive amounts of data into Azure. One of the regular requests that we receive is for a larger capacity option that retains the simplicity, security, and speed of the original Data Box. Last year at Ignite, we announced a new addition to the Data Box family that did just that – a preview of the petabyte-scale Data Box Heavy With thanks to those customers who provided feedback during the preview phase, I’m excited to announce that Azure Data Box Heavy has reached general availability in the US and EU! How Data Box Heavy works In many ways, Data Box Heavy is just like the original Data Box. You can order Data Box Heavy directly from the Azure portal, and copy data to Data Box Heavy using standard files or object...

Discover NVIDIA Jetson Nano Developer Kit Ports and Connectors

Here’s a look at the NVIDIA Jetson Nano Developer Kit hardware to help those looking to get started with the platform. In short, the Developer Kit is made up of the developer kit carrier board, and an NVIDIA Jetson Nano module. Together these two components make up the full NVIDIA Jetson Nano Developer Kit. Let’s look at the hardware of the boards. In a previous article, I covered what the hardware specs (CPU, Memory, GPU, etc.) of the NIVIDA Jetson Nano ; with a comparison to the Raspberry Pi 4. This article will take you through a look at the hardware of the physical boards; such as ports, GPIO, and the Jetson Nano module. Developer Kit Carrier Board The NVIDIA Jetson Nano Developer Kit when purchased includes two boards connected in the box. These boards are 1) the Carrier Board, and 2) the Jetson Nano Module. Here’s a layout and description...

3 Steps to be Awarded Microsoft MVP

Whether you’ve heard of the Microsoft MVP Award and are wondering how to earn it yourself, or just curious as to what others have done to earn this recognition form Microsoft, here’s a brief explanation into the What and How of the Microsoft MVP Award. The Microsoft MVP Award is an award Microsoft gives out to a select group of community leaders who make an impact everyday in the overall Microsoft technology community. Microsoft MVPs do a lot of work in their own time, with nothing expected in return other than the self-gratification that they’re helping others do great things. The MVP Award is a way for Microsoft to say “Thanks!” to these industry experts in the Microsoft technology space. To give you an idea of how I know what I’m talking about with this article, I need to let you know that I’ve been awarded Microsoft MVP a total of...

Chris Pietschmann Awarded 2019 Microsoft MVP in Azure

This morning I received an email notification that read “Congratulations 2019-2020 Microsoft MVP!” Today is the day I was eagerly awaiting for the last couple months. Today, I got received notification from Microsoft that I have been awarded the Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional) award for the 2019 award year! A Brief History of My Microsoft MVP Experience This is my 8th time receiving the Microsoft MVP award, since my first time in 2008. Last year I posted a bit about my history with the Microsoft MVP program . In summary, I was originally awarded in the Virtual Earth expertise category (for 5 years in a row); which was eventually renamed Bing Maps . As a developer, I’ve always been a “developer” MVP. My specialization back then was, as a developer, working with the various REST APIs and SDKs for implementing GIS / Mapping integrations into line-of-business and other applications. In...

Azure Weekly: July 1, 2019

Build Azure Weekly provides your go-to source to keep up-to-date on all the latest Microsoft Azure news and updates. Included within Build Azure Weekly newsletter are blog articles, podcasts, videos, and more from Microsoft and the greater community over the past week. Be sure to subscribe to Build Azure Weekly to get the newsletter in your email every week and never miss a thing! The Weeks Top Links Here are some of the most notable links from the week: How to Build Azure The latest addition to BuildAzure.com is the all new How to Build Azure guides! This is a new section of BuildAzure.com that hosts “How to” style guides to help you be more productive working in the Microsoft Azure cloud. Here’s a few of the latest guides in the How to Build Azure archive: Additionally, in the How to Build Azure catalog are the Microsoft Cloud Workshops; which are...

Cloud Design Patterns Infographic

Cloud Design Patterns offer prescriptive guidance to designing and architecting solutions in the cloud. Microsoft patterns and practices has this infographic available to help you visualize the cloud design patterns for reference. This infographic depicts the most common problems in designing cloud-hosted solutions. It also provides some design patterns to offer guidance to help you better design cloud-hosted application and solutions in the cloud. Here’s a link to download this infographic from Microsoft: Download the Cloud Design Patterns Infographic The Azure documentation contains a section dedicated to Cloud Design Patterns, and there’s an eBook at the following links: I hope this Cloud Design Patterns reference helps! Original link Original author: Build Azure | All about the Microsoft Cloud

Top 14 Security Certifications in 2019

Are you looking at security certifications? Certification in the areas of Cybersecurity, IT Security, and Computer Security do not have as many straight forward options in comparison to Windows or Linux certifications, or even cloud certifications with Microsoft Azure, Amazon AWS, or others. Those certification paths are quite straight forward, as you can find certifications offered by the appropriate vendors. However, Security certification is a bit more niche. While there are a few options for getting certified in Security, it can be a bit confusing to navigate the landscape of what it offered. This article lists out the available Security certifications available in the industry, and will help clarify any questions you have in regards to deciding which is the most appropriate for you. What Security Certifications are Available? There are a few vendors that offer Security / Cybersecurity related certification. Here’s a list of the vendors and the certifications that...

Raspberry Pi 4 vs NVIDIA Jetson Nano Developer Kit

There are tons of IoT devices available for prototyping and building Internet of Things (IoT) solutions. The Raspberry Pi 4 was recently released with some really great feature upgrades in this latest revision of the Raspberry Pi. In comparison, the NVIDIA Jetson Nano Developer Kit provides a board that offers a similar feature set. Upon initial comparison it appeared that they basically have the same features, with the Nano having an addition dedicated GPU on the board. Let’s compare the two boards and see what all the differences really are. Raspberry Pi 4 The Raspberry Pi is an awesome little computer and IoT development board. It’s not really a low powered IoT device, but rather a great tool for prototyping and even for building IoT Gateway devices. The Raspberry Pi has a lot of great features, and the new Raspberry Pi 4 was recently released with some really great upgrades. Compared...

Azure Weekly: June 24, 2019

Do you find it difficult to keep up-to-date on the frequent updates and changes in the Microsoft Azure cloud? Build Azure Weekly is the solution you’ve been searching for! Build Azure Weekly is a weekly newsletter that includes all the latest Microsoft Azure Service Updates, blogs, videos, and podcasts from from Microsoft and the greater community for the week! If you want to receive this weekly newsletter in your email, then you’ll absolutely want to  Subscribe ! The Weeks Top Links Here are some of the most notable links from the week: Azure Service Updates Here’s a list of the Microsoft Azure service updates from over the past week: Blog Articles Here’s a collection of some of the most note worthy blog articles posted over the past week: Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) Platform as a Service (PaaS) Serverless and Functions as a Service (FaaS) Command-Line and ARM Templates Database and Big Data Internet of Things (IoT)...