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DigiCert Certificate Management through Azure Key Vault

When designing a solution, you want to be sure that your communications are secure and that your users can trust your application. Typically, SSL certificates can be useful for this purpose.That is well and good from a design and development perspective, but there may some management headaches when operating and governing the solution. How do you keep track of the certificates? How do you guarantee that they are kept secure? How do you ensure that certificates renew on time?

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September 12, 2016
An Introduction to Azure Functions

If you have been keeping up to date with the latest and greatest in Azure Services (yes, I know there are quite a few!), you may have heard of a new service called Azure Functions. Azure Functions is an event-driven Platform as a Service capability, helping you to execute code upon the occurrence of a particular event. It is currently in preview, though already has a lot of potential.

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September 12, 2016
A few useful Azure Resources

Over the past few weeks, I have been working on a number of projects relating to Azure. The usual theme has crept up, around recommended practices, and where to go for documentation. There are a couple of great resources to be aware of!

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September 3, 2016
Approaching Resilience in Azure Solutions

I mentioned in Building Solutions in the Cloud that I would be writing a series of blog posts on the areas of risk that I have seen since I have been providing guidance around Azure. In this post, I will provide some thoughts on how you can consider resilience within the context of your own solution or application.

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August 26, 2016
Building Solutions in the Cloud

By now, we should be aware of the benefits that the cloud can bring to any individual or organisaton. There are plenty of case studies, talking about the scalable, flexible and economic benefits. Companies see the cloud as a differentiator, and utilise it to disrupt and innovate in their respective markets. Gartner predicts that in 2016 the total public cloud market is due to increase by 16%. But, Chris - You’re starting a blog about technology. Why are you talking to me about customer case studies and market fact? Why? Context.

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August 4, 2016
System.out.println('Hello World');

Surely, a Hello World post is a right of passage for technical bloggers?

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July 4, 2016