VMware in the Clouds recap – reference guide

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This again has been a massive year for VMware. So many clouds so many announcements. Here is a quick portfolio guide to what VMware is offering in public clouds from last year until now. Continue reading

Dive into Microsoft Azure Stack Architecture (part 2)

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Since the Azure Stack Architecture blog became rather long, this blog will cover the second part. You can find part one here.

Initial Azure Stack VM sizes

In Azure Stack TP2 there are only a handful VM sizes, but at GA a lot more VM sizes will be supported, although not all VM sizes can be accommodated yet because they require specific hardware configuration. Continu reading here 

Source: Dive into Microsoft Azure Stack Architecture (part 2) | Azure Stack

Solution architecture: Continuous integration and deployment (CI/CD) for Azure Web Apps with Visual Studio Team Services

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For my previous employer I was the architect for designing an e-commerce platform within Azure. A important requirement was to setup a microservices architecture and also a Continuous integration and deployment solution pipeline, so the e-commerce platform would be very agile and dynamic. With some other requirements the best solution for our case, was to work with Azure App Services which enabled us to make continuous web-app deployment easier. Azure App Service is a fast and simple way to create web apps using ASP.NET, Java, Node, or PHP. Our development team was coding with ASP.NET. Making these web apps durable and evergreen requires a continuous integration and continuous deployment (CI/CD) pipeline to push each of our changes automatically.

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Dive into Microsoft Azure Stack Architecture (part 1)

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Azure Stack: What is it?

At high level, we are bringing the Azure services into your datacenter on your hardware. We’re trying to provide consistency so you can take your workloads, deploy them in Azure or deploy them onprem to Azure Stack. You can move them back and forth for dev/test for regulatory reasons. There is a variety of reasons why you want the full ecosystem in place for Azure Stack. Continu reading here

Source: Dive into Microsoft Azure Stack Architecture (part 1) | Azure Stack

Proud to be a member of the Cloud Architect Alliance (CAA) committee

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I’m proud to announce that since of today, I have been asked by the founders  Freek Beemster and Bart Veldhuis to become a committee member of the Cloud Architect Alliance. I’m very honoured and will do my very best to support this great community.

The Cloud Architect Alliance (CAA) is known for being a no-nonsense non-commercially driven foundation. Connecting (certified) experienced cloud architects and facilitate knowledge sharing. CAA is the leading network event for experienced cloud architects in Europe. Organizing high-end events with focus on relevant topics. Each event is unique and brings best-in-class content delivered by thought leaders from the industry.

More information visit the CAA website

You can register for the next upcoming event: How to manage this shitstorm called Cloud. 

Setting up a Cloud Center of Excellence can be quite challenging for organizations. Getting the right processes in place to keep the cloud-spent under control without choking the organizations innovative capabilities requires a new way of thinking. Traditional governance is just not going to cut it. During this event we will dive into the lessons learned from organization that have set-up their Cloud CoE and take you more into detail on how to properly keep your cloud under control.

On Thursday November 16th, we will host this event in Amsterdam. Restaurant Dauphine will be the place to be, as usual.

click here to Register 

 

 

 

VeeamOn Tour 2017 – Spijkenisse Netherlands Summary

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Veeam is touring through the Netherlands and one of these stops was Spijkenisse. I blocked this date in my calendar because as a Blogger and Cloud Evangelist, I wanted to attend. Although I visited VeeamON in New Orleans, I was excited for an update about their upcoming releases and the other topics sounded also very interesting.

VeeamON Tour began with a warm welcome from Lodewijk van Klaveren, Manager Channels Benelux and a strategic overview where Veeam was and where Veeam will be heading in the future. This was held very short to give the audience enough time to hear about all the new technical stuff Veeam will offer in the upcoming release.

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Lack of (Business) strategy still very relevant in 2017!

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During my work, I often speak to CxO directors and their business. They ask me to guide and coach them in creating a technical roadmap which truly enable their core business.

The last few months I have been working for a end-user company which did not have a vision, mission and strategy. During my work, I asked the CEO for this, so I could align IT Architecture with the company and setup governance to achieve and pursuit these company goals. This was because the CEO asked me to setup Architecture and he wanted his company to work accordingly.  image my surprise when I asked him about his vision, mission and strategy for his company, I did not expect this answer from him. This also a reason for me to leave the company and look further, because no vision or strategy for me means no goals and no future…

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Azure Reference Architecture and best practices – Integrate on-premises Active Directory domains with Azure Active Directory

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More and more often in my client projects, I need to integrate or expand Identity and Access Management. Almost always the situation is that a client, locally has an active directory in use and would like to associate this with cloud resources. As an Architect I find it very important to implement according guidelines of Microsoft and make good use of reference architectures. I want to share these reference architectures, which I use with the community, so we can all make good use of these guidelines.

Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) is a cloud based multi-tenant directory and identity service.This article describes best practices for integrating on-premises Active Directory domains and forests with Azure AD to provide cloudbased identity authentication.

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