Cloud News 2020 / 08

The August 2020 episode of Wechsler Consulting Cloud News comes with the newest Azure Talk about Azure Identity SDK, Windows CE App Containers, SignalR and Azure Data Explorer.
This month’s focus topic is .NET MAUI, a new cross-platform UI framework by Microsoft.

Please find the links to topics featured in our Cloud News video, below:

Azure Identity

Azure SDK

Windows CE App containers

SignalR Podcast

Share Big Data

Focus Topic- .NET MAUI

Free Blazor Training with Carl Franklin!

Get more efficient and productive creating web apps with Microsoft’s new Blazor technology!
Carl Franklin is a long-time coding veteran on the Microsoft platform and has seen some frameworks come-and-go throughout his career.
Interesting to see that Blazor caught his attention and even more, his excitement!
Carl is a renowned speaker, coach and trainer. Therefore, you should not miss his free “Blazor Train” course series! In this course, he is providing a first hand impression, on how it is to use C# and .NET Core across the complete stack of your solution.

More, than worth a look!

Cloud News 2020 / 05

In episode 5 of Wechsler Consulting Cloud News, we talk about the top news from Microsoft Build 2020 and especially Azure Digital Twins, which have truly made an incredible leap in functionality.

Here are the links to topics mentioned in the video:

Azure Digital Twins

Azure IOT Edge

Windows IOT 10 – Linux Runtime

IOTHub – Private Link

IOT Plug & Play

Azure RTOS – GA

Azure Sphere updates

Sphere and RTOS can work together

IOT Central

New OPC UA – “Getting Started” course released!

The OPC Unified Architecture communication standard is one of the main technical pillars you can build a digital transformation project on.
This has been especially true for the industrial automation market over the last years, but currently OPC UA is making huge in-roads into other verticals, such as retail and logistics, used by companies transforming to be Industry 4.0-ready.

Connect devices using OPC UA and .NET Core!

Its stability, resiliency and security features are hard to match and truly on enterprise level.
Our new Wechsler Consulting interactive online course provides an introduction to the OPC UA standard and pragmatically explains its different building blocks implementing a simple example in .NET Core using the Open Source OPC UA reference stack released by the OPC Foundation.

There is no faster way to get involved with OPC UA!

In addition – we take care of You!
This course includes two 45 minutes calls with the author to answer your questions, discuss ideas and get inspirations for your current or future project.

Azure Pipelines using in YAML CD now generally available

Enterprise projects require Continous Intgration and Continous Deployment (CI/CD). In Azure DevOps this is possible, of course, but in the past it was a challenge to keep the CI/CD pipeline definition in sync with the code versions, especially across different stages/environments.
Azure pipelines with YAML CD fixes this issue, because the pipeline definition YAML file is part of a repository and now can be versioned together with the app / service / container one intends to deploy.
Any changes to the pipeline can be validated together with the rest of the codebase through the different stages. This provides absolute control and helps to avoid configuration and carry over errors between stages, quite a bit.
A very helpful and long-awaited feature!

Interesting Industrial Azure IOT showcases from Festo, Kao, and AkzoNobel

We just stumbled about some quite interesting new showcases in the Industrial Azure IOT space that demonstrate quite good the bandwidth of different services leveraged in Azure ranging from operating IOT devices in the field to using AI and Machine learning creating new and innovative products by turning Big Data into Smart Data.

Festo for example, uses Azure IOT to create dashboards providing insight on all their deployed industrial IOT devices.

Azure networking capabilities move into the edge!

When implementing telemetry solutions with mobile systems, network latency can be a quite limiting factor. Communication retries are costly and also hinder a system to provide a real-time view on the current state.
To mitigate this risk you now are able to leverage Azure Edge Zones! Microsoft is teaming up with some Telcos leveraging the new 5G to provide a fast lane into Azure data centers.

Azure Edge Zones – 5G access directly into Azure

This is approach, combining all the newest technologies, is able to provide ultra-low latency in the area of milliseconds response times. Especially looking at older mobile connections this is a performance gain in more than an order of magnitude and a great enabler, if your solution requires to be as close to reality as possible.
It is certainly also interesting to mention that this technology is also available for on-premise solutions, keeping the same APIs and services. Due this your solution can be ready for any network scenario.

Cloud News 2020 / 02

This is the second episode in our Wechsler Consulting Cloud News Channel talking about newest developments in Cloud and Azure IOT.

Please find the resource links from the video below.

Azure Talk
Azure Sphere is now generally available (GA) !
BMW and Microsoft have started Open Manufacturing Platform initiative
App Configuration GA
Azure API Management provides extension for App Services
Azure IOTHub Device Streaming

Azure Eventgrid on IOT Edge
EventGrid support in IOT Edge preview 2
Cloud Events

Real-time Information Push with Serverless SignalR

Quite often there are situations, where one needs dynamically changing information proactively delivered, as fast as possible.
Stock market info is the poster child here, but there are quite a few other day-to-day use cases that also require close to real-time display of relevant data on many screens and across locations. Traffic information, factory line status, logistic tracking are to name as samples here.

Looking at the Microsoft technology stack, SignalR is the tool of choice to tackle these requirements.
SignalR leverages several different approaches such as WebSockets, Server Sent Events or Long Polling, transparently for developers in the background, to deliver information needed in the best way possible. All based on the connectivity scenario / quality of a client application.

It is great to see that SignalR is now provided in “Serverless Mode” by Azure SignalR Service, which takes away scaling and infrastructure maintenance effort for this service from developers.

Following the very efficient “low code/serverless” approach, I am always propagating, I want to recommend having a look at this interesting sample, showing how to-do real-time communication leveraging the Serverless SignalR Service in combination with Azure Functions.

Take it from me, SignalR is a great and fun technology to work with!