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.

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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.

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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.

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Microsoft Azure Stack Technical Preview

If you’ve been following Microsoft’s journey with their cloud platform you’ll know they have invested heavily in differentiating themselves from the other providers. One of the key facets of this strategy has been to target hybrid clouds by making it simpler to bridge between on-premise and Azure. The release of the Azure Stack Technical Preview (formerly known as Azure Pack) is an exciting step onwards in the hybrid cloud story.

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