Azure Government

Updates for building solutions across Microsoft's Clouds for Government

SPEC’s CPU2006 benchmarks on Azure

The CPU2006 suite by SPEC is a complex set of tools and tests that allow the user to measure the performance and throughput of a machine’s CPU. This is done by executing a variety of “tests”, which are executables of real-world scenarios (EG: Compression/decompression of files, Complex quantum chemical computations, 3D Ray ...

Configuring ARM on Azure GC

**Update 6-12-2016: We posted additional details on Azure Government and PowerShell here. **Update 4-9-2016: The Azure Module no longer requires switch-mode and as such, these references have been removed. The Azure Government environment is now part of the install and is no longer required to be manually added--these instructions have been ...

Azure Backup on Azure Government

Azure Backup is a secure, scalable, and reliable solution that protects your application data; It enables you to supplement your current backup solution or replace it entirely without the usual high cost of adding capacity (thus lowering the total cost of backing up your data), while still maintaining backups of your data for many years. It...

How To: Use the Azure CLI with Azure Government

UPDATE: official documentation on how to do this can be found here The Azure CLI provides a cross platform command line interface for working with Azure. If you are on Windows you might want to take a look at PowerShell, see Ryan’s post here on how to configure that.   You should ...

Building Media Indexing and Analysis Solutions for Law Enforcement on Azure Government

Introduction In the law enforcement community, the number of media assets continue to grow by the day. From video captured from body worn cameras as well as audio recordings captured from 911 call dispatch and prison inmate phone calls, the prevalence of media assets within the law enforcement community is becoming a critical business asset to...

What type of SQL on Azure is right for me?

***** NOTE: take a look at this video, while not Azure Gov specific, it goes into much more depth on this topic: https://channel9.msdn.com/Series/SAIIK-SQL-Server-on-Azure-IaaS-Implementation-Kit/SAIIK-PaaS-vs-IaaS   I get asked this question frequently by customers. Figured I would share my thoughts on the topic with you guys, and some...

Deciding on the right number of Azure Subscriptions for your ISV solution

I work with a number of independent software vendors (ISVs) that are building solutions for or moving existing solutions to Azure. After they see our enterprise portal, I commonly get a question on if they need to separate their workload across multiple subscriptions. The answer to this question is complicated and depends a lot on how the ...

Distributing load across Azure Regions using Azure Traffic Manager

NOTE: I implemented the below example using the Azure Government cloud, however this technique will work exactly the same using the public Azure cloud. Before we get started take a look at my other article on how I set up my 3 VMs in a cloud service and wrote a little client app to showcase the load balancing and failover behavior of load ...