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 applications on the cloud. We also talked about how the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) is fostering an ecosystem of projects like Kubernetes, Envoy and Prometheus. […]

Accurately identifying and authenticating users is an essential requirement for any modern application. As modern applications continue to migrate beyond the physical boundaries of the data center and into the cloud, balancing the ability to leverage trusted identity stores with the need for enhanced flexibility to support this migration can be tricky. Additionally, evolving requirements like allowing multiple partners, authenticating across devices, or supporting new identity sources push application teams to embrace modern authentication protocols. As organizations expand their user […]

PaaS & Cloud-Native Technologies If you have worked with Azure for a while, you’re aware of the benefits of PaaS, such as the ability to have the cloud provider manage the underlying storage and compute infrastructure so you don’t have to worry about things like patching, hardware failures, and capacity management. Another important benefit of PaaS is the rich ecosystem of value-add services like database, identity, and monitoring as a service that can help reduce time to market. So if PaaS […]

Microsoft Power Platform: Application Development Platform for General Purpose Business Apps In recent years, with the transition to the cloud, SharePoint teams’ recommendation has been to move custom functionality “down” to the client computer or “over” to a host outside of SharePoint. This change has had a direct impact on enterprises that have long viewed SharePoint as an application development platform. Today’s best practices show that a grouping of applications, such as case management apps, inventory or issue tracking, and […]

Getting the DoD to the Cloud Our team was able to complete the near-impossible. We connected to the DoD DISA Cloud Access Point at Impact Level 5, meaning our customer can now connect and store any unclassified data they want on their Azure subscription. About the Project The project started in July 2017 to connect an Azure SharePoint deployment to the DoD NIPRnet at Impact Level 5. Throughout the process, the governance and rules of engagement were a moving target, presenting […]

In this blog post, I discuss an app modernization approach that we call “modernize-by-shifting.” In essence, we take an existing application and move it to “managed” container hosting environments like Azure Kubernetes Service or Azure Service Fabric Mesh. The primary goal of this app modernization strategy is to undertake minimal possible change to the existing application codebase. This approach to modernization is markedly different from a “lift-and-shift” approach where workloads are migrated to the cloud IaaS unchanged with little to no use […]

One of the biggest roadblocks to government digital transformation is the lack of effective IT governance. Unresolved concerns including privacy, security and organizational silos that limit data sharing and analysis continue to pose hurdles for agencies. Last night’s Azure Government Meetup in Washington, D.C. featured a stellar lineup of industry-leading experts who shared insights and strategies on achieving effective IT governance in areas including identity, portfolio and records management. If you missed it, you can catch the replay here. 

First Things First…What’s a Data Lake? If you’re not already familiar with the term, a “data lake” is generally defined as an expansive collection of data that’s held in its original format until needed. Data lakes are repositories of raw data, collected over time, and intended to grow continually. Any data that’s potentially useful for analysis is collected from both inside and outside your organization, and is usually collected as soon as it’s generated. This helps ensure that the data […]

For years, Federal agencies have struggled to drive efficiencies while addressing the growing volume and increasing size of geospatial data. Legacy stove-pipe connectivity and desktop thick-clients have prevented traditional production environments from achieving the potential of a modern cloud-based architecture. Coupled with responsive web-based components, the cloud offers a seamless framework to automate tasks such as data ingestion, pre-processing and product generation. AIS is proud to be helping our users migrate into these next-generation production environments. Our Federal team is […]