If you’ve worked in software development or IT for any amount of time, chances are you’ve at least heard about containers…and maybe even Kubernetes. Maybe you’ve heard that Google manages to spin up two billion containers a week to support their various services, or that Netflix runs its streaming, recommendation, and content systems on a […]

We’re proud to announce that AIS has successfully renewed all six of our Microsoft Gold Partner competencies for 2019. AIS has been consistently recognized as a Microsoft Gold Partner for many years now, and we’re currently distinguished at the Gold level for: DevOps Cloud Platform Cloud Productivity Application Development Application Integration Collaboration and Content The Microsoft […]

Today, let’s talk about network isolation and traffic policy within the context of Kubernetes. Network Policy Specification Kubernetes’ first-class notion of networking policy allows a customer to determine which pods are allowed to talk to other pods. While these policies are part of Kubernetes’ specification, tools like Calico and Cilium implement these network policies. Here […]

Define cloud apps and infrastructure in your favorite language and deploy to any cloud with Pulumi. If you search the Internet for Infrastructure-as-Code (IaC), it’s pretty easy to come up with a list of the most popular tools: Chef, Ansible, Puppet, Terraform…and the freshman to the IaC:  PULUMI. It’s 4 a.m. and the production server […]

Calling all developers, tech professionals, and IT and business leaders! February 4-5, 2019, Microsoft is hosting the Ignite the Tour DC event in Washington, D.C. at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. This event is government-focused, delivering 100+ deep-dive sessions and workshops from over 350 professionals to help you meet your mission. The event is […]

As organizations increase their footprint the cloud, there’s increased scrutiny on mounting cloud consumption costs, reigniting a discussion about longer-term costs. This is not an entirely unexpected development. Here’s why: Cost savings were not meant to be the primary motivation for moving to the cloud – At least not in the manner most organizations are […]

Driving value, lowering costs, and building your organization’s future with Microsoft’s next great business technology Lately, I’ve been helping folks understand the Microsoft Power Platform (MPP) by sharing two simple diagrams. The first one is below and is my stab (others have made theirs) at contextualizing the platform’s various components in relation to one another. […]

About the Podcast During KubeCon 2018, I had the pleasure to once again be a guest on the .NET Rocks! podcast. I talked to Carl and Richard about what it means to be cloud-native, the on-going evolution, and what that all means for 2019. We talked in depth about how the cloud-native approach impacts how we build […]