Meet us at Microsoft Ignite 2019

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MICROSOFT IGNITE

Ignite is Microsoft’s annual gathering of technology leaders and practitioners consisting of four days of visionary discussions and hands-on learning about the latest tools and insights that are driving tomorrow’s innovations.

  • Learn innovative ways to build solutions and migrate and manage your infrastructure.
  • Connect with over 25,000 individuals focused on software development, security, architecture, and IT.
  • Explore new hands-on experiences that will help you innovate in areas such as security, cloud, and hybrid infrastructure and development.

With 1000+ sessions and 200+hands-on experiences, Microsoft Ignite is quite the ultimate tech conference. See the complete agenda on the official Microsoft Ignite website.

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    Nordcloud recognized as 2019 Microsoft Country Partner of the Year for Finland

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    Nordcloud today proudly announced it has won the 2019 Microsoft Country Partner of the Year Award for Finland. The company was honored among a global field of top Microsoft partners for demonstrating excellence in innovation and implementation of customer solutions based on Microsoft technology.

    “As the pioneer in public cloud, we are excited to be able to answer to the growing demand in the market with the best technologies and our world-class expertise. Together with Microsoft, we provide our customers with the most advanced solutions and benefits of Azure. We thank Microsoft Finland for magnificent co-operation”, says Jan Kritz, CEO of Nordcloud.

    Awards were presented in several categories, with winners chosen from a set of more than 2,900 entrants from 115 countries worldwide. Nordcloud was recognized for providing outstanding solutions and services, as well as representing excellent subsidiary engagement in Finland.

    Since 2011, Nordcloud has accelerated the digital transformation of its customers with public cloud infrastructure solutions and cloud native application services. As the public cloud pioneer Nordcloud has played a significant role in evangelizing the added value of cloud and Microsoft Azure, making Finland a global leader in public cloud adoption.

    Nordcloud has distinguished itself as an exemplary partner, demonstrating remarkable expertise and innovation to help customers achieve more.

    Gavriella Schuster, Corporate Vice President, One Commercial Partner, Microsoft Corp

    The Microsoft Country Partner of the Year Awards honor partners at the country level that have demonstrated business excellence in delivering Microsoft solutions to multiple customers over the past year. This award recognizes Nordcloud as succeeding in effective engagement with its local Microsoft office while showcasing innovation and business impact, driving customer satisfaction, and winning new customers.

    “We are honored to recognize Nordcloud of Finland as a Microsoft Country Partner of the Year,” said Gavriella Schuster, corporate vice president, One Commercial Partner, Microsoft Corp. “Nordcloud has distinguished itself as an exemplary partner, demonstrating remarkable expertise and innovation to help customers achieve more.”

    The Microsoft Partner of the Year Awards recognizes Microsoft partners that have developed and delivered exceptional Microsoft-based solutions over the past year.

    Nordcloud is a Microsoft Gold Cloud Partner and Microsoft Azure Expert Managed Services Provider. Nordcloud, with its 400 cloud experts, provides a full range of services using the Azure cloud platform, allowing delivery of comprehensive solutions and sophisticated IT infrastructures to clients in 10 countries.

    Earlier this year, Gartner positioned Nordcloud in its Magic Quadrant for Public Cloud Infrastructure Professional and Managed Services, Worldwide for the third consecutive time.

     

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      Microsoft Ignite Stockholm

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      Join Nordcloud at Microsoft Ignite in Stockholm on April 24-25.

      MICROSOFT IGNITE | THE TOUR STOCKHOLM

      Get the latest insights and skills from technology leaders and practitioners shaping the future of cloud, data, business intelligence, teamwork, and productivity.

      Explore the latest developer tools and cloud technologies and learn how to put your skills to work in new areas. Connect with Microsoft community to gain practical insights and best practices on the future of cloud development, data, IT, and business intelligence.

      100 + deep dive sessions and workshops and 350 + experts. See the complete list of sessions here.

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      Date

      April 24-25, 2019

      Location

      Stockholmsmassan

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        Microsoft Ignite Amsterdam

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        Join Nordcloud at Microsoft Ignite in Amsterdam in March 20-21.

         

        MICROSOFT IGNITE | THE TOUR AMSTERDAM

        Get the latest insights and skills from technology leaders and practitioners shaping the future of cloud, data, business intelligence, teamwork, and productivity.

        Explore the latest developer tools and cloud technologies and learn how to put your skills to work in new areas. Connect with Microsoft community to gain practical insights and best practices on the future of cloud development, data, IT, and business intelligence.

        100 + deep dive sessions and workshops and 350 + experts. See the complete list of sessions here.

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        Date

        March 20 – 21, 2019

        Location

        RAI Amsterdam

        Europaplein, 1078 GZ, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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          Microsoft Ignite Berlin

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          Join Nordcloud at Microsoft Ignite in Berlin in December 6–7.

          Microsoft Ignite | The Tour Berlin

          Get the latest insights and skills from technology leaders and practitioners shaping the future of cloud, data, business intelligence, teamwork, and productivity.

          Explore the latest developer tools and cloud technologies and learn how to put your skills to work in new areas. Connect with Microsoft community to gain practical insights and best practices on the future of cloud development, data, IT, and business intelligence.

          100 + deep dive sessions and workshops and 350 + experts. See the complete list of sessions here.
           

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          Date

          December 6 – 7, 2018

          Location

          Messe Berlin, Messe Berlin GmbH, Messedamm 22, 14055 Berlin, Germany

          For transportation options and directions, visit Messe Berlin.

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            Azure DevOps Services

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            This post will show the main features of the Azure DevOps services.

            Few words about Microsoft Azure DevOps

            Azure DevOps has been created as a successor of Visual Studio Team Services, mainly known as VSTS. In general, there is no one application. We should look at this service as a set of tools, which can help in several ways people who use the “DevOps” methodology for continuous delivery of the highest value for their end-users. Summarising, we can use Azure DevOps for storing our source code in the GIT repositories, setup an automatic build and release solutions for every new piece of code committed to the repository, as well as plan & track all the activities related to Agile project management on dedicated backlog and set of useful boards.

             

            Project setup

            Before we start building our pipelines and committing code, we must create a project in Azure DevOps. To do that, we need an account in the service. Account creation is free. When the account will be ready, the new user is able to fill in all the information related to the organisation, and after that he can create a new empty project.

            In the Azure DevOps project settings pane, the project owner can decide which features will be used. Below the picture shows a full list of available services. Let´s focus in detail on some of them:

             

            Azure DevOps

            Boards

            When a new project starts, all the features should be divided into tasks and described in the project backlog. This is a place, where the Product Owner can create a proper order of activities, which will be implemented by the Development Team. Azure DevOps board features provide a way to create Epics, Features, User Stories filled by Tasks etc. Here testers can also create Test-Case scenarios and report bugs or issues.

            Azure Repos

            Azure DevOps provides an access to unlimited, private GIT repositories – Azure Repos. GIT is one of the most popular versions of control systems, with full scope of features like branching, tagging or pull requesting which are covered by the build-in repos service inside Azure DevOps. External providers like GitHub, Bitbucket or GitLab can be used as source repositories of an application code, when a build pipeline will be created in the Azure DevOps.

             

            Build pipelines

            Information about the build pipeline setup is stored inside the GIT repository in a YAML file. When the file exists in the repository, we can start the configuration process of our new build, and Azure DevOps will automatically use a pre-defined pipeline stored as a code inside project repository. This feature is really great. When in the future someone will need to re-create the pipeline, all information is stored in one file, which can also be used as a some kind of a process documentation.

             

             

            If the new project is configured, Azure DevOps project owner can use one of the pre-defined templates for build pipeline, and not only Microsoft solutions are supported:

             

            When the build pipeline is ready, we can easily queue our build, and when completed, track building history on dedicated pane:

             

            If something went wrong during the building process, all information will be available in the logs section inside the broken build. History pane shows also all additional information like the branch from which the code has been used for building, an icon adequate for the build status, and the unique number of the build from the solution.

             

            Release pipelines

            Release pipeline is a functionality which allow us to deploy our application to one or more destinations. Before we begin, we need to setup the correct service connections in the project settings pane. For example, if we want to deploy our web application to Azure App Service, we must configure service connection between Azure DevOps and Azure Resource Manager service. Part of the available service connections are shown below:

             

            In the first step we can decide if we want to use one of the pre-defined stage templates, or if we want to start with an empty job and setup all the steps on our own. Available templates for the stages are for example:  “Azure App Service Deployment”, “Deploy to Kubernetes cluster” etc. Picture below shows a part of the pre-defined templates list:

            A pipeline can be edited interactively. Every stage can be modified individually, and can consist of a set of tasks like: “Azure PowerShell” script execution, whole “Azure Resource Group Deployment” or even an interaction with Linux or macOS system by “Bash” script.

            A sample of the release pipeline is shown below. As the artifacts source for a pipeline has been selected, the build is created in the previous step. We can of course create the release pipeline without an associated build. If our repository contains only scripts, which do not have to be build, we can set as an artifacts source the GIT repository directly.

             

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            This post is the 1st part in our Azure DevOps series. Check out the other posts:

            #2: Web application development with .NET Core and Azure DevOps

            #3: Azure Cosmos DB – Multi model, Globally Distributed Database Service

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              Breakfast seminar – SAP on Azure, lessons learned

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              Join our free Breakfast seminar 28.8.2018 at 8.15-10.15 and hear about our experiences on migrating SAP on Azure.

              Learn from real cases about the expected benefits of running any SAP  workload on Azure and how to get started.

              • Expected benefits on running SAP on Azure
              • Practical experiences on SAP on Azure -solution
              • How do you get started?
              • Case example – Moving SAP to Microsoft Azure public cloud. What value did they get?

              This seminar is held at our HQ in Helsinki, Antinkatu 1, 00100 Helsinki, 4th floor.

              Register here before 23.8. and start your SAP cloud journey!

               

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                Nordcloud recognised as Microsoft Azure Expert Managed Services Provider

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                Nordcloud is extremely proud to earn the status of Microsoft Azure Expert Managed Services Provider program. The new Microsoft status allows Nordcloud to prove our capabilities and expertise amongst the best Azure service providers around the globe.

                Microsoft Azure Expert MSP program

                As customers move to the public cloud with increasing pace, they need partners with a deep level of cloud expertise and experience to guide them. Inclusion in the Microsoft Azure Expert MSP program is awarded to partners that meet a stringent set of requirements, including verified proof of excellence in customer delivery and technical expertise, and the successful completion of an independent audit of their managed services, people, processes, and technologies. Only the most high-fidelity cloud managed service providers are awarded the Azure Expert MSP badge, intended to give customers confidence when selecting a partner to help them meet their digital transformation goals.

                With Nordcloud’s Managed Cloud service, our customers can ‘step-up’ to the next level in terms of agility, new innovations, and time to market

                “Nordcloud offers 24/7 Managed Services for a customer’s cloud environments and manages the Azure operations so that the customer has more time to add value to their business operations. With the proven Azure Expert MSP status customers are rest assured that they can trust their Azure environments are well-managed by Nordcloud’s highly skilled experts”, says Jan Kritz, CEO at Nordcloud.

                “We are excited to see Strategic Partners like Nordcloud achieve Azure Expert MSP in their portfolio”, said Gavriella Schuster, Corporate Vice President, One Commercial Partner at Microsoft Corp. “Azure customers need well configured, secure, reliant, and best performing applications or infrastructure. With the Azure Expert MSP status, Nordcloud is able to support the customers with these needs 24/7.”

                Nordcloud’s Managed Cloud is your full-stack life-cycling managed services solution providing flexible service bundles to fit your IT needs.

                Contact us for Managed Services

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                  Nordcloud nominated ‘Preferred AI Training Partner’ by Microsoft

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                  Microsoft has nominated Nordcloud as a preferred AI Training Partner on the topics “Azure Machine Learning”, “Batch AI” and “Team Data Science Process”.

                  The topics are covered e.g. in the 2 day “Professional AI developer bootcamp”, where participants are learned how to use the Azure Machine Learning Workbench to develop, test and deploy Machine Learning solutions to Azure Container Services using an agile and team-oriented framework.

                  Why Microsoft for AI?

                  Microsoft’s Azure cloud computing service offers a fast-growing range of Platform Services for AI, machine learning and IoT development.

                  Microsoft´s AI platform consists of 3 core areas:

                  • AI Services: Developers can rapidly consume high-level “finished” services that accelerate the development of AI solutions. Compose intelligent applications, customised to your organisation’s availability, security, and compliance requirements.
                  • AI Infrastructure: Services and tools backed by a best-of-breed infrastructure with enterprise grade security, availability, compliance, and manageability. Harness the power of infinite scale infrastructure and integrated AI services.
                  • AI Tools: Leverage a set of comprehensive tools and frameworks to build, deploy, and operationalise AI products and services at scale. Use the extensive set of supported tools and IDEs of your choice and harness the intelligence with massive datasets through deep learning frameworks of your choice.

                  Azure AI

                  Download our guide: Steps needed to build an AI enabled solution in Azure here 

                  We’d love to help you to boost your business with the adoption of AI technologies

                  You may find yourself in a position where you need a fully customised option but lack access to some of the specific expertise required. In that case we are available to advise and where appropriate, help directly.

                  Nordcloud offers a range of services from managed service provision through to full cloud-software project management and execution. Just as you’re sure to find a suitable development option within Azure, we can offer you whatever support you need for your AI/ML project.

                  Contact us for AI training and consultation!

                  Check also our data driven solutions that will make an impact on your business here.

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                    General availability of VNet service endpoints for Azure SQL database

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                    This month, Microsoft announced the general availability of Virtual Network Service Endpoints for Azure SQL Database in all Azure regions.

                    What does this mean for our customers?

                    Previously, Azure customers were limited to accessing their PaaS SQL database instances via the public internet. Not only did this generate significant security concerns, but also meant that management overhead was tiresome, with each client needing to be added manually to the SQL server firewall for access.

                    These concerns have now been addressed with the general availability of VNet Service Endpoints for Azure SQL Database. Implementation of service endpoints allows for traffic from selected Virtual Networks and subnets to now traverse a secure traffic medium in the form of the Azure network backbone. By removing public Internet access to resources, and allowing only virtual network traffic, previous security and overhead concerns are now addressed. Further to this, using the Azure backbone also allows for more optimal routing of service traffic.

                    Although only a slight limitation, we did find that service endpoints cannot be used for traffic from on-premises to Azure services. This would have been particularly useful for customers who prefer to connect to the Azure SQL databases from their on-premises networks.

                    How much will this new feature cost me?

                    Nothing! There is no additional charge for using service endpoints.

                    How easy is this to implement? What happens to my existing firewall rules?

                    You can be up and running in a matter of minutes. Implementation is particularly straightforward with Microsoft providing detailed step-by-step instructions here and here.

                    Turning on the service endpoints will not override any existing firewall rules, and can be used concurrently. This is especially helpful in minimising disruption for customers moving away from manual firewall rules to service endpoints.

                    If you would like help implementing VNet Service Endpoints, please contact us here.

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