Category Archives: Microsoft Azure

Overview of Azure Service Fabric

Azure Service Fabric is a distributed systems platform that makes it easy to package, deploy, and manage scalable and reliable microservices and containers. Service Fabric also addresses the significant challenges in developing and managing cloud native applications. Developers and administrators can avoid complex infrastructure problems and focus on implementing mission-critical, demanding workloads that are scalable, reliable, and manageable. Service Fabric represents the next-generation platform for building and managing these enterprise-class, tier-1, cloud-scale applications running in containers.

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How to Scale Websites with Azure and Auto Scale

How to Scale Websites

For increased performance and throughput for your websites on Microsoft Azure, you can use the Azure Management Portal to scale your Web Hosting Plan mode from Free to Shared, Basic, or Standard.

Scaling up on Azure Websites involves two related actions: changing your Web Hosting Plan mode to a higher level of service, and configuring certain settings after you have switched to the higher level of service. Both topics are covered in this article. Higher service tiers like Standard mode offer greater robustness and flexibility in determining how your resources on Azure are used.

Changing modes and configuring them is easily done in the Scale tab of the management portal. You can scale up or down as required. These changes take only seconds to apply and affect all websites in your Web Hosting Plan. They do not require your code to be changed or your applications to be redeployed.

NB: You cannot use auto scale in Free mode.  Auto scale is only available in Shared, Basic and Standard mode.  Changing your Web Hosting Plan mode to a higher level of service will probably increase your monthly charges.  For charges, see Websites Pricing Details

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Microsoft Azure suffered a major outage on its cloud service overnight.

The service started having issues just before 1am UK time, and services are only now slowly returning to normal.

Microsoft confessed that multiple regions were affected by the “service interruption”.

Customers around the world using Azure storage, virtual machines, a number of SQL products and Active Directory, among other services, were confronted by the lengthy outage.

By 7am UK time this morning, Microsoft claimed to have revived its cloud platform.

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It’s the second major outage to have hit Redmond’s Azure service in the past three months. In August, it had a similar sit-down, much to the frustration of it’s customers

Read more at The Register