Tech101 – Google Cloud Platform

If you are comfortable with consuming services from AWS and Azure, then learning about the Google Cloud Platform is easy. This post is the 40,000ft view of the Google Cloud Platform.

I was impressed that the GCP UI also presents the equivalent REST and gcloud command line code for each request. This is great if you are planning on using the Google API/CLI for automation and orchestration.

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Tech101 – Microsoft Azure

If you are comfortable with consuming services from AWS, then learning about Microsoft Azure will be easy. This post is the 40,000ft view of Microsoft Azure.

My employer uses Office 365 (I registered my O365 account for Azure), and it was cool to see the corporate ADFS objects within Azure (as a standard user). I was also surprised to learn that Azure has 30 active sites around the world and how rich their PaaS offering is.

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Tech101 – Amazon Web Services

As part of my NPX preparation (AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Professional is one of the recommended qualifications) and my RapidMatter GitHub project (will run from AWS), I have been delving into the world of Amazon Web Services.  One statement: “Wow!”  I can see why they are the world leader in Public Cloud services.

Here is the cool thing, as an Enterprise/Cloud Architect you have a MASSIVE library of services (40+ at time of writing) that you can use to develop Cloud-based solutions for your customers.  As you read through the list below, you will see the fundamental building blocks for every solution.  By having this service matrix, you do not have to reinvent the wheel; it already exists and is ready to go.  Thus, you can focus on making sure your customer requirements are being met with elegant and innovative designs.

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Tech101 – Nutanix Virtual Computing Platform

This post provides a Tech101 breakdown of the Nutanix Virtual Computing Platform.  If you have heard the buzz-words “Nutanix”, “Web-Scale” and “Hyper-Convergence” and want to learn more about it, this post is for you.

The Nutanix Virtual Computing Platform (VCP) is a Hyper-Converged Infrastructure solution.  Termed the “iPhone” of infrastructure, what is the big deal?

Short answer: Ease of use, fast deployment, linear scaling of performance with capacity and richness of product features.

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Tech101 – Home Internet Troubleshooting

This post covers a 7 step process for troubleshooting your home Internet connection from a Desktop (Windows 7 or OS X).  I wrote this for someone who was having ISP problems a few years ago.  The failure scenario of each step has a canned “Technical Statement” that you can communicate to the Help Desk to assist in resolving the issue.

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