SQL Server 2016 SP1 enterpise edition feature trickle-down

At the recent Microsoft Connect event (Nov 16-19th) there were a slew of awesome announcements, plenty of love for cross plat development (e.g. Visual Studio on Mac), even more Docker, .NET Core 1.1 and the public preview of SQL server on Linux. In the torrent of the announcements I blinked and caught the end of a slide covering the release of SQL Server 2016 SP1. I could have sworn they mentioned a number of the high end previously enterprise edition only features are now available in the lower editions, I went and checked and its true! holy shit that is awesome. This is a big deal if you'r…

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Australia Azure regions are now open to non residents

Shortly after the GA of the Australian Azure regions I was bitterly disappointed to discover that these regions were only open to users who have a Aus/NZ presence. It was tricky to get a handle on the nature of the restriction, was is due to limited capacity? or perhaps local tax laws?. After months of trying to get a concise answer the consensus appeared to be that the local tax requirements in Australia were the root cause. Restriction lifted Well approximately one year later I'm really pleased to hear that this limitation has been lifted as of the 3rd October 2016 and you are free to use t…

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Azure App Service hard HTTP timeout limit

Wow its been over 9 months since the last blog post, time to get back on the wagon! I recently ran into an undocumented timeout limit for services hosted in Azure App Service and I struggled to figure out if I was doing something stupid or if the issue was the hosting platform. TL;DR There is a hard timeout limit of ~4mins on http(s) calls to APIs hosted in Azure App Service that is undocumented. There are no plans to address this so if you have long running api calls you will need to implement an alternative mechanism (polling, webhook push etc.) which is no bad thing assuming you have access…

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Microsoft Specialist: Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions

Just a quick post to say that I've passed the 70-534 Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions exam which means I can use the title Microsoft Specialist: Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions. I'm not normally a big fan of these kind of certifications and I don't for one second think I'm now a better architect but I find them a "necessary evil" in order to prove your experience without being filtered out by recruitment agencies who have absolutely no knowledge of the subject so cannot recognise experience from someone's CV. Unsurprisingly having several years of experience was a real help for t…

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AWSome day London Jan 2016

I recently attended the London AWSome day (Jan 2016) focussed around the Amazon Web Services platform. As someone who has specialised in Azure for the last few years I think its important to try and keep a broader mindset when it comes to cloud providers (suitably embarrassed that this was my first foray into AWS!). Its worth remembering that you should try and focus on the cloud architecture and associated patterns/best practices they are of course technology agnostic so equally applicable no matter the technology provider. The event was really a 101 introduction to AWS so I'm not going to ev…

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