Hardware

Microsoft xCloud: Azure Powered Game Streaming

Microsoft xCloud: Azure Powered Game Streaming

Microsoft is building a game streaming network to unlock console quality gaming on any device. Microsoft has realized that not all gamers are going to buy an Xbox. Instead of focusing on building games that can only be played on the Xbox game console, Microsoft is...

Azure IoT Developer Kit Ready for Pre-Order

Azure IoT Developer Kit Ready for Pre-Order

The new Microsoft Azure IoT Developer Kit board is pretty amazing! It is Arduino compatible and includes many sensors, buttons, and an OLED display all built-in. You can use this board to start prototyping Internet of Things (IoT) solutions without the need to do any...

Raspberry Pi Device Simulator for Azure IoT

Raspberry Pi Device Simulator for Azure IoT

One of the long time frustrations with Raspberry Pi development is that you needed a physical device and hardware (sensors, buttons, etc) to fully develop and test your Internet of Things (IoT) solutions. Many haven't really seen this as an issue since deploying code...

Azure IoT Developer Kit Preview Started Shipping

Azure IoT Developer Kit Preview Started Shipping

A couple months ago Microsoft announced the availability of the new Azure IoT Developer Kit Board. This is a board that has integrated sensors, buttons, OLED screen and a few other features. This board makes it even easier to get started developing Azure IoT based...

Microsoft Azure Stack is ready to Purchase!

Microsoft Azure Stack is ready to Purchase!

In the early days of Microsoft Azure, back in 2010 when it was called Windows Azure, Microsoft had announced plans to make the Azure services available to be run / hosted in on-premises datacenter. Shortly after the announcement they released Azure Pack which wasn't...

Azure IoT DevKit Preview built with Arduino and VSCode

Azure IoT DevKit Preview built with Arduino and VSCode

There have been a number of Azure IoT Starter Kits available for some time now. I've written about the Starter Kits in the past. Some of these like the Raspberry Pi Azure IoT Starter Kit from Adafruit require you to wire up sensors and things, while the GrovePi+...

Get Started with Azure IoT Technical Training for Developers

Get Started with Azure IoT Technical Training for Developers

Many developers are interesting in building Internet of Things solutions; whether it's as a side project or something for Enterprise use. With all the Consumer and Industrial IoT products out today and being worked on, it's certainly an interesting space to work...

Windows Server running on ARM CPUs, Azure is Next!

Windows Server running on ARM CPUs, Azure is Next!

So far the servers within Microsoft Azure data centers have been running Intel processors (CPUs). For a long time I've wondered if the power efficiency of ARM CPUs could make them more cost effective than Intel x64 CPUs that are more powerful. It's possible through...

Microsoft Certified for IoT Device Catalog

Microsoft Certified for IoT Device Catalog

There are a number of Microsoft Certified for IoT Starter Kits available. These are tailors mostly to prototyping solutions, as they come with a number of sensors and things necessary to get started building. However, if you know what platforms you want to target, or...

Why Microsoft Azure?

Why Microsoft Azure?

Many companies are migrating existing or building new systems on the Microsoft Azure Cloud Platform. There's a lot of buzz lately around the Cloud overall, but it can be a little unclear at first glance what the benefits are. Microsoft Azure includes many different...

Azure GPU Computing in the Cloud

Azure GPU Computing in the Cloud

One of the many exciting new features to the Microsoft Azure cloud platform that Microsoft announces at AzureCon 2015 is the all new Azure GPU Compute. This allows for Virtual Machines (VMs) to utilize GPU's hosted in the cloud. Now, even graphics processing and video...

Azure Cloud Hardware is Made of Containers

Azure Cloud Hardware is Made of Containers

At the heart of the Microsoft Cloud are servers, networks, Internet connections, and much, much more! These data centers share a lot of qualities with traditional Enterprise data centers; such as fire suppression, humidity control, temperature control and more. One...

Featured Articles

Azure Migration Readiness Whitepaper

Azure Migration Readiness Whitepaper

Over the past couple of months, Chris and I have been working with Microsoft on a whitepaper focusing on helping customers get ready for a migration to Azure. This paper focuses on the many different areas that are critical to the success of a project. These include...

Microsoft Azure IoT Developer (Exam AZ-220) Specialty Certification

Microsoft Azure IoT Developer (Exam AZ-220) Specialty Certification

The AZ-220 Microsoft Azure IoT Developer certification exam tests and validates your expertise as an Azure Internet of Things (IoT) Developer. Passing this exam will earn you the Microsoft Certified: Azure IoT Developer Specialty certification. If you are an IoT...

Microsoft Azure Certification: Where to Start?

Microsoft Azure Certification: Where to Start?

The question of "Where to start with Microsoft Azure Certification?" is a common one. Navigating the gauntlet of certification paths and exams can seem a bit daunting at first. This article is specially written to help ease the pain involved, so you can save time...

Certification

Microsoft Azure IoT Developer (Exam AZ-220) Specialty Certification

Microsoft Azure IoT Developer (Exam AZ-220) Specialty Certification

The AZ-220 Microsoft Azure IoT Developer certification exam tests and validates your expertise as an Azure Internet of Things (IoT) Developer. Passing this exam will earn you the Microsoft Certified: Azure IoT Developer Specialty certification. If you are an IoT...

Microsoft Azure Certification: Where to Start?

Microsoft Azure Certification: Where to Start?

The question of "Where to start with Microsoft Azure Certification?" is a common one. Navigating the gauntlet of certification paths and exams can seem a bit daunting at first. This article is specially written to help ease the pain involved, so you can save time...

Free Azure Certification Exam Self Assessment Tools

Free Azure Certification Exam Self Assessment Tools

Studying for certification exams can be a time consuming task. This can especially be true if you're not entirely certain what to study. Chris Pietschmann and Dan Patrick have collaborated to combine their own insights as Microsoft Certified Trainers (MCT) to create a...

Internet of Things

PowerShell: Create Azure IoT Hub

PowerShell: Create Azure IoT Hub

It's simple to provision an Azure IoT Hub service instance using the Azure Portal. However, there are time when you need a more DevOps style approach by scripting it. The Azure Powershell Az.IotHub module can be used to manage commands for managing Azure IoT Hub...

Microsoft Azure IoT Developer (Exam AZ-220) Specialty Certification

Microsoft Azure IoT Developer (Exam AZ-220) Specialty Certification

The AZ-220 Microsoft Azure IoT Developer certification exam tests and validates your expertise as an Azure Internet of Things (IoT) Developer. Passing this exam will earn you the Microsoft Certified: Azure IoT Developer Specialty certification. If you are an IoT...

PowerShell: Create Azure IoT Hub

Azure IoT Hub and DPS to only support TLS 1.2 on July 1, 2020

Microsoft has announced they are moving Azure IoT Hub and Device Provisioning Service (DPS) to use Transport Layer Security (TLS) 1.2 as the encryption mechanism of choice. As a result, TLS 1.0 and 1.1 will be deprecated July 1, 2020, and TLS 1.0 / 1.1 will no longer...

PowerShell: Create Azure IoT Hub

Azure CLI 2.0: Create Azure IoT Hub

It's really easy to provision an instance of Azure IoT Hub using the Azure Portal. However, there are times when you need to automate the task. You can use the Azure CLI to create new instances of Azure IoT Hub when you need to automate the task. This can help with...

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