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 Top Five Tips to Control Costs in Microsoft Azure

When you are using any large public cloud infrastructure – Azure included – there are a few potential issues to keep an eye out for. The biggest is cost. Note that I didn’t say “price,” I said “cost.” Let's take a look at some of the ways businesses and enterprises can control their cloud hosting costs in Microsoft Azure.

 Why ASP.NET Core Is the Modern Development Platform of Choice for Business and Enterprise Web Applications

Why ASP.NET Core Is the Modern Development Platform of Choice for Business and Enterprise Web Applications

We’ve written a lot about ASP.NET Core. Our team has been using it from day one – largely due to the significant performance gains (more on that in a minute). There are lots of other reasons developers and admins like the platform as well. But technical nuances are not how most corporate VPs and C-level executives make decisions. Fortunately, there are a lot of real-world, practical reasons why businesses and enterprises are moving their projects to ASP.NET Core … the kinds of things that impact the bottom line and warm the hearts or the most conservative CFOs. Here's what you need to know.

 Another Genius Move from Microsoft – Acquires GitHub for $7.5 Billion in Stock

The news broke this morning that Microsoft Corp [MSFT] has acquired leading software project collaboration and sharing service GitHub for $7.5 billion in stock. There are a lot of pro and con arguments making the rounds, but we believe this is a good thing for a few very important reasons.

 Blurred Lines: How Open-Source Makes For-Profit Companies Better

When it comes to technology professionals, topics tend to dissolve into the equivalent of existential religious debate. Windows or Linux … Mac or PC … hosting or cloud … Android or iOS … and inevitably, commercial software or open-source? But that’s changing. Because in the long run, the only thing the market wants and the only thing that businesses want if for the technology to work, run fast, be secure, and be easy to use … and even a little entertaining if we can get away with it.

 Navigating the GDPR: The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Will Impact Your Business and Your Website … Here’s What You Need to Know

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was adopted by central EU governmental authorities to augment and supersede the previous Data Protection Directive which came into effect in 1995. Chances are, if you are doing business in the EU and your website was created by a professional development team, your website likely follows many of those recommendations already. Importantly, the guidelines of the Data Protection Directive were just that – a set of guidelines.

 Choosing the Best Cloud or Hosting Solution for Your App or Website

We still get asked this question all the time. Once we have helped a customer build their application or website, they want our advice on where they should they put it. It’s a great question, because the “right” answer has changed over time as project requirements and hosting technologies have changed. And even today the answer can be different depending on your individual business needs and the industry that you are in. So, let’s start with a brief overview of the differences between the four broad categories of application and website hosting and then drill down to discover what our go-to recommendation is for most businesses today.

 Introduction to Let’s Encrypt Website Security – Free TLS/SSL Certificates for Everyone

The internet is all about disruption of established business models. But that disruption is not limited to virtual vs bricks-and-mortar businesses. Sometimes – often – internet and web technologies disrupt themselves.

 Adopting a Performance Focus With Software Development

Over the past few years I have given a number of talks and written multiple blog posts on the topic of performance optimization as it relates to software development.  These postings have been very technical in nature and focus greatly on the problem solving aspects of application performance.  However as I review my presentations one of the most critical aspects of application performance is actually business organization and dedication to application performance.  In this post I would like to review the common approaches that I see within development teams and easy ways for management to encourage positive change to focus more on development.

 Understanding the Logistics of Moving Websites

Recently for a number of reasons I have been working with individuals that are taking a website and moving them from one hosting provider to another.  Sometimes these moves are taking the existing site as is, other times it is migrating to a "new site" at the same time.  However, after doing at least 10-12 of these in the past few months a few common points of "confusion" have come to light.  As such, due to popular request I'll lay out the basics of how to move a website from one hosting provider to another and discuss the component parts that are involved in such a move. 

 Segregation of Duties: DNS, Domain Registration & Hosting

Managing risk is an important subject for any business, and to continue our series of discussions around risk management strategies for web assets, I want to spend a bit of time regarding DNS and domain registrations.  In Computer Science there is a common term, Separation of Concerns, that defines architecture recommendations for software development with a focus on modularity in design.  When looking at your Domain Registrations, DNS Entries and hosting it is important to employ a similar strategy to avoid potential risks in the future.

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