Platform Engineering

We regularly write about our technical experiences (good and bad) and what we're learning from the market.

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Knocking on Azure's Front Door

Posted by Ross McDermott on 18 April 2019

Azure, Azure Front Door, Networking

The ability to create global scale web applications using Azure infrastructure and services has existed for quite some time, but has traditionally been complex to setup and manage with creation of both global, and region resources. With the go-live release of the Azure Front Door (AFD) service, this just got a whole...

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Swift Service Fabric Deployments with PowerShell

Posted by Dan Toomey on 05 March 2019

Azure, Azure Service Fabric, Development, Azure PowerShell, DevOps, Microsoft Azure

A few weeks ago I had the great privilege of presenting a 60 minute breakout session at Microsoft Ignite | The Tour in Sydney. It was thrilling to have over 200 people registered to see my topic “Seamless Deployments with Azure Service Fabric”, especially in the massive Convention Centre. 

In the session I...

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A Pace-Layered Integration Architecture

Posted by Dan Toomey on 05 July 2018

Architecture, Azure, BizTalk Server, Integration, iPaaS, Microsoft, Microsoft iPaaS, Article, Technology, Learning & Development, Integrate2018, Systems of Differentiation, Systems of Innovation, Message Bus, MSBTS, Systems of Record

Integration at Pace Within the Adaptive Enterprise

In the modern enterprise, it is rare to see a single monolith application that rules the entire landscape. While there still may be a large mainframe or another system which holds the principal data and source of truth (SoT) for an organisation, most landscapes today...

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Logic Apps: Correlation and Message Dependency Management on Logic Apps with Service Bus

Posted by Prasoon Madnawat on 09 December 2017

Azure, Logic Apps, Service Bus, Dependency Management, Correlation

 

While working on an integration project, we came across a very interesting requirement of sequencing file fed to a system based on pre-defined dependencies. This problem was complex because the target system did not want to see a file in S3 bucket (or blob container) unless the system has already processed and...

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Business Activity Monitoring on Azure Logic Apps with Azure Log Analytics

Posted by Paco de la Cruz on 03 December 2017

Azure, Logic Apps, Monitoring, Azure Log Analytics, BAM, Business Activity Monitoring, Blog, Technology

Introduction

Azure Logic Apps provide built-in monitoring tools that allow you to check the run history (including all inputs and outputs of triggers and actions), trigger history, status, performance, etc. Additionally, you can enable diagnostic logging on your Logic Apps and send all these runtime details and events...

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Preparing Azure Logic Apps for CI/CD using ARM Templates

Posted by Paco de la Cruz on 11 October 2017

Azure, Continuous Integration, Logic Apps, ARM Templates, Blog, Technology

Introduction

Logic Apps can be created from the Azure Portal, or using Visual Studio. This works well if you want to create one Logic App at a time. However, if you want to deploy the same Logic App in multiple environments, e.g. Dev, Test, or Production, you want to do it in an automated way. Azure Resource Manager...

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Serverless Logging & Alerting with Service Fabric & Azure Event Grid

Posted by Dan Toomey on 01 September 2017

Azure, Azure Functions, Logic Apps, Service Bus, Event Grid, Serverless

Microsoft recently released the public preview of Azure Event Grid – a hyper-scalable serverless platform for routing events with intelligent filtering. No more polling for events - Event Grid is a reactive programming platform for pushing events out to interested subscribers. This is an extremely significant...

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When to Use an Azure App Service Environment v2 (App Service Isolated)

Posted by Paco de la Cruz on 08 August 2017

App Service Environment, App Service Isolated, App Services, Architecture, Azure, Blog, Vision & Digital Transformation, Technology

Introduction

The Azure App Service Environment (ASE) is a premium feature offering of the Azure App Services which is fully isolated, highly scalable, and runs on a customer's virtual network. On an ASE you can host Web Apps, API Apps, Mobile Apps and Azure Functions. The first generation of the App Service...

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The New Azure Hybrid Connections

Posted by Dan Toomey on 19 June 2017

Azure, Azure Relay, Development, Hybrid Connectivity, Service Bus

Microsoft recently announced that Azure BizTalk Services (MABS) is officially being retired. This was no great surprise, as those who actually used this service and its VETER pipelines to build integrations were well aware that the tooling was cumbersome, the DevOps story was terrible, scalability was severely...

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Transforming JSON Objects in Logic Apps

Posted by Paco de la Cruz on 18 May 2017

Azure, Development, Enterprise Integration Patterns, iPaaS, JSON, Logic Apps, Blog, Technology

Introduction

Many integration scenarios require translating messages from one data model to another. This is described in the Message Translator Enterprise Integration Pattern. Some of these might be:

  • Translation between two different proprietary data models
  • Translation between a proprietary data model and an...
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