Overview Microsoft Technical Summit 2016 and .Net Developer Conference

I recently held a talk for http://www.dotnet-developer-conference.de/ About  – Microservices and Scalable Backends  with Azure Service Fabric, and also a Transition path from a legacy application to scalable application.

Slides: https://1drv.ms/b/s!Akicn3-kM3q2hcpDxdbumEC7gd9usw

Regarding Microsoft’s Technical Summit(); is an event mainly for developers, providing announcements round to Microsoft’s developer Stack.

Again, a sensation to the topic Microsoft and Linux: Microsoft joins the Linux Foundation and is a Board Member there in the future! At the same time, Google is member of the .NET Foundation!

Microsoft has unveiled a Visual Studio for Mac OS X. The new IDE is however no porting existing Visual Studio, which runs only on Windows, but only an extended version of the product beginning 2016 in relation to the acquisition by Xamarin with purchased Xamarin Studio, which in turn is based on the free Mono develop. The new IDE supports the first step in the Microsoft strategy “mobile first, cloud first” only the development by Xamarin apps for iOS and Android, as well as Web applications and REST based Web services with .NET core. The programming languages can choose the developer between c# and f #.

Visual Studio “15” is now called Visual Studio 2017 and is now available as a release candidate.

Visual Studio 2017 and Visual Studio for Mac now offer a graphical view of the preview for Xamarin forms. So far, developers could write XAML tags in the editor and only saw the result at run time. Graphic design by mouse, the developers of WindowsPresentation Foundation (WPF), Silverlight or Windows universal apps are used, is still not possible on a Xamarin Forms interface.

.NET core, ASP.NET core and entity framework core version 1.1 released.

ASP.NET 1.1 core should be 15 percent faster and equips numerous functions (URL rewriting, response caching, HTTP compression, new process host listener, use of view components per day helper, new locations for sensitive data) after.

In entity framework core 1.1, Microsoft provides some programming functions from the predecessor entity framework 6.1 again at the disposal, which were missing in entity framework core 1.0. This searches for objects in the cache with find(), explicitly load of related objects with load() method, renewed preloaded objects with reload()loading as well as the simple query of object content, old and new, with GetDatabaseValues() and GetModifiedProperties(). Also the mapping to simple fields instead ofproperties and the recovery of lost database connections (connection resiliency) to the Microsoft SQL Server or SQL azure is possible again. The ability to map objects to the memory-optimized tables from Microsoft SQL Server 2016 is brand new. In addition, the makers have simplified the API with the standard functions can be replaced by entity framework core by their own implementations.

.NET 1.1 core Linux Mint 18, 42.1, OpenSUSE come with macOS 10.12 and WindowsServer 2016 as operating systems added. Samsung delivers core for Tizen also .NET.A further step in the direction of cross-platform compatibility of Microsoft products.NET represents core for the Tizen operating system, the Samsung, since June 2016Member has developed the .NET Foundation, together with relevant Visual Studio Tools.

The Team Foundation Server “15” 2017 receives the version number like Visual Studio. He had previously reached the stage release candidate 2 is now available as RTM version available

The new Visual Studio Mobile Center is a cloud application, the hosted on Github source code for IOS and Android apps automatically translated at each commit, testson real hardware and distributed successfully tested app packets to beta testers. Also, a usage analysis and run-time failure is possible. The supported programming languages are swift, objective-C, Java and c# (Xamarin). Support for Cordova and Windows universal apps is planned.

SQL Server for Linux: In March, Microsoft announced to provide the SQL Server in the future also for Linux. There is now a preview version of the database server for RedHat Enterprise Linux, Ubuntu Linux, macOS and Windows, as well as docking available. A version for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server is to follow soon. The latest release is called SQL Server Community Technology Preview vNext and represents an evolutionof SQL Server 2016, with new features in addition to the platform independence were shown in the keynote, nor previously listed on the website.

For the SQL Server 2016, a Service Pack 1 available now, that contains significant improvements in the licensing model in addition to bug fixes.

Azure Stack vs Azure Pack

Microsoft announced the Azure Stack at its Ignite event Last year , for running something like Azure on-premises, but how does it differ from the existing Azure Pack, which kind-of does the same thing?

This answer goes to the heart of how Microsoft is changing to become a cloud-first company, at least within its own special meaning of “cloud”. Ignite attendees heard about new versions of Windows Server, SharePoint, Exchange and SQL Server, and the common thread running through all these announcements is that features first deployed in Office 365 or Azure are now coming to the on-premises editions.

Why azure pack and azure stack?

We all living in cloud computing world now. IT people talk about “Cloud” more often. Microsoft Azure is in the top of the list providing proven stable cloud services. It includes IaaS (infrastructure as a service), PaaS (Platform as a service), SaaS (Software as a services) and lot more cloud related services. As we all know azure been very successful with availability, security, performance etc. But most of enterprises, businesses are already done lot of investment to build their infrastructure. This is much more valid for managed service providers. So instead of moving all the service to cloud, people are started to more interest on hybrid-cloud model. So some services will be using public cloud services and same time some services will be run from the datacenter.

To address hybrid-cloud model Microsoft decided to bring the azure technologies to the public so companies can use same technologies used in azure in their own datacenters. So the result was “Azure Pack”.

According to Microsoft,

Windows Azure Pack provides a multi-tenant, self-service cloud that works on top of your existing software and hardware investments. Building on the familiar foundation of Windows Server and System Center, Windows Azure Pack offers a flexible and familiar solution that your business can take advantage of to deliver self-service provisioning and management of infrastructure — Infrastructure as a service (Iaas), and application services — Platform as a Service (PaaS), such as Web Sites and Virtual Machines.

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This was big relief for the MSP as they can offer a portal to their customers to manage their resources efficiently.

Azure pack is mainly depending on the infrastructure which is running based on windows server and system center. It uses system center virtual machine manager to manage virtual machines. It uses system center service provider foundation service to integrate all the related operations between portals and services. Following are some great features of azure pack.

1.    Portal for tenants to manage their resources
2.    Portal for system administrators to manage cloud services, tenants
3.    Automation using runbooks
4.    Service bus feature to provide reliable messaging between applications
5.    Database Services (MSSQL, MySQL)
6.    Web site services to setup scalable web hosting platform
7.    Console connect feature to connect to VM remotely even physical network interface not available.
8.    Multi-Factor authentication using ADFS

Why Azure Stack?

Well azure pack was the first big step toward the path, but the technology keeps changing every day. With new version of windows server software defined storage, software defined networking will do revolution change. To face this new requirement solution is the Azure stack.Microsoft keep sharpening up the azure platform. With azure stack, it will bring same proven cloud capabilities to the hybrid-cloud.

Azure Pack was “an effort to replicate the cloud experience,” Microsoft’s Ryan O’Hara (senior director, product management told the press at Ignite. By contrast, Azure Stack is “a re-implementation of not only the experience but the underlying services, the management model as well as the datacenter infrastructure.”

In other words, there is more Azure and less System Center in Stack versus Pack, and that is a good indication of Microsoft’s direction. That said, Microsoft’s Azure Stack slide says “powered by Windows Server, System Center and Azure technologies,” so we should expect bits of System Center to remain.

According to Mike Neil, General Manager for Windows Server, Microsoft

Microsoft Azure Stack extends the agile Azure model of application development and deployment to your datacenter. Azure Stack delivers IaaS and PaaS services into your datacenter so you can easily blend your enterprise applications such as SQL Server, SharePoint, and Exchange with modern distributed applications and services while maintaining centralized oversight. Using Azure Resource Manager (just released in preview last week), you get consistent application deployments every time, whether provisioned to Azure in the public cloud or Azure Stack in a datacenter environment. This approach is unique in the industry and gives your developers the flexibility to create applications once and then decide where to deploy them later – all with role-based access control to meet your compliance needs.

Built on the same core technology as Azure, Azure Stack packages Microsoft’s investments in automated and software-defined infrastructure from our public cloud datacenters and delivers them to you for a more flexible and secure datacenter environment. For example, Azure Stack includes a scalable and flexible software-defined Network Controller and Storage Spaces Direct with automated sync and failover. Shielded VMs and Guarded Hosts bring “zero-trust” software-defined security to your private cloud so you can securely segment organizations and workloads and centrally control and monitor access and administration rights. Furthermore, Azure Stack will simplify the complex process of deploying private/hosted clouds based on our experience building the Microsoft Cloud Platform System, a converged infrastructure solution.

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Inside of azure pack it was “depending” on system center services. But Azure Stack will not “depend” on system Center but it is possible to integrate it with operation management suite and system Center .

Despite this disparity, Microsoft’s general approach seems to be to evolve and optimize server products for Azure and Office 365, and then to trickle down features to the on-premises editions where possible. It therefore pays for developers and admins working on Microsoft’s platform to keep an eye on the cloud platforms, since this is what you will get in a year or two even if you have no intention of becoming a cloud customer.

This approach does make sense, in that characteristics desirable in a cloud product, such as resilience and scalability, are also desirable on premises. It may give you pause for thought though if the pieces you depend on have no relevance in Microsoft’s cloud. We have already seen how the company killed Small Business Server, for which the last full version was in 2011.

That brings us to Azure Stack, the purpose of which is to bring pieces of Azure into your data Center for your very own Microsoft cloud. The existing Azure Pack already does this, but this was essentially a wrapper for System Center components (especially SCVMM) that allowed use of the Azure portal and some other features on premises.

Stay tuned on – https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog

Build your own Cloud with Azure Stack

Are many Cloud Platforms used to build Custom Hybrid Cloud Scenarios, like Cloud Foundry used quite often by different Infrastructure providers Like INTEL, EMC², VMware, Swisscom, since 2 days comes another one  from Microsoft –  Azure Stack , which is great for #hybrid #cloud .

Azure Stack

Microsoft has launched the public preview of Azure Stack, something that has been in TAP for several months now. You can find the download on MSDN right now or from download link.

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Azure Stack is a collection of software technologies that Microsoft uses for its Azure cloud computing infrastructure. It consists of “operating systems, frameworks, languages, tools and applications we are building in Azure” that are being extended to individual datacenters, Microsoft explained, in the white paper.  However, Azure Stack is specifically designed for enterprise and service provider environments.

For instance, Microsoft has to scale its Azure infrastructure as part of operations. That’s done at a minimum by adding 20 racks of servers at a time. Azure Stack, in contrast, uses management technologies “that are purpose built to supply Azure Service capacity and do it at enterprise scale,” Microsoft’s white paper explained.

Azure Stack has four main layers, starting with a Cloud Infrastructure layer at its base, which represents Microsoft’s physical datacenter capacity (see chart).

The Azure Stack software.

Next up the stack there’s an Extensible Service Framework layer. It has three sublayers. The Foundational Services sublayer consists of solutions needed to create things like virtual machines, virtual networks and storage disks. The Additional Services sublayer provides APIs for third-party software vendors to add their services. The Core Services sublayer includes services commonly needed to support both PaaS and IaaS services.

The stack also contains a Unified Application Model layer, which Microsoft describes as a fulfillment service for consumers of cloud services. Interactions with this layer are carried out via Azure Resource Manager, which is a creation tool for organizations using cloud resources. Azure Resource Manager also coordinates requests for Azure services.

Tools for Integration, Deployment and Operations you can find here – https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/azure-stack-tools-paas-services/#

More About It also in released a whitepaper providing more information on key Azure Stack concepts and capabilities that should help you gain a much richer understanding of our approach