Gartner Says 6.4 Billion Connected “Things” Will Be in Use in 2016, Up 30 Percent From 2015


Gartner estimates that the Internet of Things (IoT) will support total services spending of $235 billion in 2016, up 22 percent from 2015. Services are dominated by the professional category (in which businesses contract with external providers in order to design, install and operate IoT systems), however connectivity services (through communications service providers) and consumer services will grow at a faster pace.  Full Story

Azure Storage Explorer for Mac

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The Azure Storage Explorer (Preview) for Windows and Mac is available today from

New features include:

  • Mac OS X and Windows versions
  • Sign in to view your Storage Accounts – use your Org Account, Microsoft Account, 2FA, etc
  • Add Storage Accounts by account name and key
  • Create, search and delete blobs, queues, or tables
  • Explore the contents of blob containers
  • View and navigate through directories
  • Drag ‘n drop files to upload or download


PGA TOUR and Microsoft partner on instant insights

PGA Tour and Microsoft agree on 3 year deal

“The PGA Tour will adopt Windows 10, Microsoft Azure and Microsoft Office to make data analysis easier to interpret and understand for every golf fan, as well as players and broadcast commentators. Microsoft will create innovative solutions by helping the PGA TOUR analyze information faster and more efficiently, giving fans instant access to insight about players, courses and conditions.”

Source: PGA TOUR and Microsoft strike three-year technology agreement to bring instant insights to golf fans everywhere | News Center

Microsoft and Red Hat to deliver new standard for enterprise cloud experiences

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Microsoft is offering Red Hat Enterprise Linux as the preferred choice for enterprise Linux workloads on Microsoft Azure. In addition, Microsoft and Red Hat are also working together to address common enterprise, ISV and developer needs for building, deploying and managing applications on Red Hat software across private and public clouds.

Source: Microsoft and Red Hat to deliver new standard for enterprise cloud experiences | News Center

What You Might Be Missing About Cloud ROI


This year, companies worldwide are predicted to spend almost $16.5 billion on cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) — a 32.8 percent increase over 2014.

And, with 93 percent of companies already running applications or at least trying out IaaS, everyone is trying to find out whether or not all of this investment in the cloud is paying off.

Turns out, it’s quite a challenge..”

Full story on CMSwire

Roles Based Access Control (RBAC) out of beta


RBAC is critical for ensuring the right employees have access to the right documents.  Command line tools are the first step. However, a UI similar to Windows is needed for most IT organizations (who don’t write scripts)

Until now, to give people the ability to manage Azure you had to give them full control of an entire Azure subscription. Now, using RBAC, you can grant people only the amount of access that they need to perform their jobs. Download the generally available RBAC command-line management tools or use the Azure Management Portal (preview) to manage access for your production Azure workloads.

When it comes to identity and access, most organizations that are considering using the public cloud are concerned about two things:

  1. Ensuring that when people leave the organization they lose access to resources in the cloud.
  2. Striking the right balance between autonomy and central governance. For example, giving the project teams ability to create and manage virtual machines in the cloud, while centrally controlling the networks to which those virtual machines connect.

Full Story on Azure Blog

WordPress stats on Azure without Google Analytics


Visual Studio Application Insights (preview) is an extensible analytics service that helps you understand the performance and usage of your live application. It’s designed for developers, to help you continuously improve the performance and usability of your app.

This analytics service provides you with a JavaScript code to inject in your web application pages so you can start gathering telemetry about your usage. In this blog post I will show you how to configure Azure Application Insights within your WordPress app running anywhere.

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WordPress on Azure with ClearDB – Not ready for prime time

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I’ve spend the last month or installing and running a simple WordPress site on Azure.  My goal was to get better acquainted with Azure for a simple website. What I’ve learned is that WordPress Gallery solution with ClearDB (which costs an extra $55 a month) is an incomplete solution. It only backups the MySQL database and not any of the WordPress Admin files.  So, if you make any WordPress admin changes (like changing the domain name) you are completely out of luck.  You can’t restore and you can’t access the /wp-admin/ admin page. In summary, you just lost your entire WordPress site!

So I tried creating again on Azure.  This time I created another WordPress site on Azure and tried using a WordPress plug-in called “Backupbuddy” (before creating any new content)  Backupbuddy comes highly recommended (according to bloggers on the Internet).  However, after two day of tests, I’ve given up.  “Buddy” is slow, gives false zip errors and completely fails on full backup restore.  In addition, there doesn’t seem to be a way to do a local store to a Mac.

I tried support and described my problem to iThemes (the company that sells Backupbuddy).  The support engineer replied back asking “what is Azure?” He also included troubleshooting FAQ with over 100 links.  Thanks for “help”.

In summary, I’m going back to a simple hosting site –  I’ve used that site for 4 years without any issues.