Announcing: Retrace for Azure Functions preview

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Have you had a chance yet to play with Azure Functions?  Here at Stackify, we’re pretty excited about this capability on Azure and the promise that it holds for building rapidly scale-able event-based processing with little to no management overhead! We’ve also heard from a lot of you asking when Retrace would be able to support this new serverless architecture. …

What is PowerShell Start-Process?

What is PowerShell Start Process? How to Execute a File from a Command Line in Windows

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PowerShell is an incredible tool; you can even extend its powers with Azure PowerShell to control Azure’s robust functionality, allowing you to use cmdlets to provision VMs, create cloud services, and carry out a number of other complex processes. No worries, no SPAM. Opt-out anytime. At Stackify, we’re big fans of Azure, but that’s not to say it’s the best …

Cloud Monitoring Tips

6 Reasons Cloud Monitoring Is Different Than Server Monitoring

Matt Watson Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources, Insights for Dev Managers Leave a Comment

Traditional IT monitoring has revolved around monitoring the infrastructures and servers. As you move to the cloud, it is possible that you don’t have either of those things. You could deploy your app via a service like Azure App Services and rely on Azure’s hosted Redis and SQL offerings. You could literally have access to zero servers. No worries, no …

What Is Function-as-a-Service? Serverless Architectures Are Here!

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It has never been a better time to be a developer! Thanks to cloud computing, deploying our applications is much easier than it used to be. How we deploy our apps continues to evolve thanks to cloud hosting, Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), and now Function-as-a-Service. No worries, no SPAM. Opt-out anytime. What is Function-as-a-Service (FaaS)? FaaS is the concept of serverless computing …

IIS Log Files

How to Read & Customize IIS Log Files

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Microsoft’s IIS web server uses a non-standard file format that is rarely seen. IIS Log Files use a space-delimited file format and also contain comments in them. The column headings are defined in the comments. In this article, we are going to take a look at how to interpret IIS log files. No worries, no SPAM. Opt-out anytime. By the way, if you …

How to Deploy ASP.NET Core Web App to Azure & How to Use Retrace With ASP.NET Core

Barry Luijbregts Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources, Insights for Dev Managers, Live Queue Leave a Comment

ASP.NET Core is the latest version of ASP.NET. It is built from the ground up using .NET Core, the lightweight, composable new .NET Framework. Some people love it, some don’t. However, this is the future. Microsoft will move forward with .NET Core and in the future, the regular, full-fledged versions will go away. No worries, no SPAM. Opt-out anytime. I …

Azure vs AWS Cloud Services

Azure vs. AWS: Which One is Better?

Angela Stringfellow Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources, Insights for Dev Managers Leave a Comment

We’ve used Azure for nearly five years at Stackify; in fact, we built Retrace with Azure in mind. But is Azure the right cloud for you? The battle between Azure and AWS is heated, so we decided to see how they measure up in this head-to-head comparison. (For a side-by-side, feature-by-feature comparison chart including Google Compute, check out this post.) No …

Azure vs. AWS vs. Google Compute

Compare Services & Features Between Microsoft Azure vs. Amazon Web Services vs. Google Compute

Angela Stringfellow Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources, Insights for Dev Managers Leave a Comment

The easiest way to compare the big cloud services players is by evaluating products, services, and features in a direct comparison to determine which cloud best meets your needs. So we’ve done just that, pitting Azure, AWS, and Google Cloud against each other in this head-to-head comparison chart. (For a detailed discussion comparing Azure and AWS, check out this post.) No …

Azure DevTest Labs

How to Use Azure DevTest Labs for Test Environments and Dev Machines

Barry Luijbregts Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources, Insights for Dev Managers Leave a Comment

DevTest Labs is one the best – and probably least – used features on Azure. It is similar to creating virtual machines on Azure but provides some specific features and advantages we will review. No worries, no SPAM. Opt-out anytime. Here are the following topics we are going to cover: What is Azure DevTest Labs? Test Environments Dev Machines in the …

How to Autoscale Azure App Services & Cloud Services

How to Autoscale Azure App Services & Cloud Services

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One of the major benefits of using the cloud is scalability. With Azure autoscaling, you can scale up and out like you couldn’t do with your own hardware, as much as your wallet allows. But more importantly, you can scale down and in when you don’t need the resources, thereby saving money. This is something you wouldn’t be able to …

Comparison: Azure App Services vs Cloud Services

Comparison: Azure App Services vs Cloud Services

Matt Watson Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources, Live Queue Leave a Comment

Microsoft Azure provides multiple ways to deploy your applications to the Azure cloud. Azure App Services and Cloud Services are the two most popular, and easiest, ways to deploy your applications. They both support web applications and background service type applications. In this article, we will provide a comparison of Azure App services versus Cloud Services, along with a quick overview of each. No …

Azure App Services logs

Where to Find Azure App Service Logs for Your App, IIS, Failed Request Tracing, etc

Barry Luijbregts Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources Leave a Comment

Troubleshooting application problems are difficult. It takes a lot of time. I would argue that it might be the thing that we developers spend most of our time on in the cycle – write some code – F5 – find out why it didn’t work – fix – F5…. And that’s just troubleshooting locally on your own machine. When your …

Why Azure Deployment Slots are Awesome and How to Use Them

Barry Luijbregts Developer Career Development, Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources Leave a Comment

Azure App Services is extremely useful for developers. It offers Web Apps, API Apps, Mobile Apps and Function Apps (that run Azure Functions). These apps are incredibly powerful and can literally get you up and running in minutes. They provide a host of amazing features like (auto)scaling, easy authentication, offline sync (for Mobile Apps), hybrid connections and much, much more. …

Service Fabric

Service Fabric – 6 Misconceptions We Need to Clear Up

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We are on the heels of the first anniversary of the release of Service Fabric, but there are still a lot of misconceptions that I would like to clear up. No worries, no SPAM. Opt-out anytime. 1.  What is Service Fabric, Really? Talking with different companies, I’ve heard every sort of thought on what Service Fabric is and what Service …

Azure Service Profiler review – How does it fit in your toolbox?

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About a year ago Microsoft released the Azure Service Profiler which is designed to be a lightweight profiler for ASP.NET applications. They recently enabled it to work with Application Insights and it is easy to enable for Azure App Services. Since we use App Services and love anything to do with app performance, I thought I would give it a …

Lower Azure Pricing Costs

22 Tips to Lower Azure Pricing and Optimize Hosting Costs

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Microsoft Azure provides a powerful set of services to help developers build and deploy their apps. Azure makes it so easy to use that you can quickly let your Azure hosting costs get out of control.  However, there are ways to better manage your Azure pricing and optimize your overall costs. No worries, no SPAM. Opt-out anytime. At Stackify, we have …

SQL Azure Elastic Pool

SQL Azure Elastic Pool – Product Review

Matt Watson Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources, Insights for Dev Managers Leave a Comment

At Stackify, we have about 1,000 SQL Azure databases. Monitoring, managing, and right sizing these databases creates a unique set of challenges. For security and scalability, each of our clients has their own database. As you can imagine, each client is in a different sizes and we have wildly different performance characteristics from one databases to another. We are excited …