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Control Azure Users Access using Role-Based Access Control

Problem As a customer I want to be able to restrict user access and rights to Azure Resources that are under the same Azure Subscription.
The requirement can be extended a little more by specifying that a user needs to be able to view and access only Azure Resources that he is allowed. He shall be able to create or modify resources only specific resources.    If possible, all resources that user access or create should be under a predefined subnet.
Options There are multiple approaches to a request like this. Even if Role-Based Access Control is a powerful mechanism to control access, the way how we can restrict access is limited and doesn't allow us to restrict fully the user as we need. A classical approach is to allow user to run ARM (Azure Resource Management) scripts only through a custom component that is hosted by us. Having full control on this component we can implement any kind of logic and business restriction. The downside of a solution like this is complexity and cost.…

[Post Event] Global Azure Bootcamp event, Cluj-Napoca, April 22th, 2017

For the 5th year in the row,  ITCamp community from Cluj-Napoca joined Global Azure Bootcamp event. In comparison with other communities events organized by in Cluj-Napoca, Global Azure Bootcamp is different because is purely hands-on lab.
There were 3 different workshops of 90 minutes each where attendees had the opportunity to play and test Azure Functions, Machine Learning and Azure Resources Managers (ARM). We respected this year also the tradition to organize the event at Endava (ISDC) building, where the location is perfect for hands-on labs. Special thank you for our local sponsor - Endava.

Agenda
09:00-09:30 - Sosirea participanților
09:30-11:00 - Azure Functions (Radu Vunvulea)
11:00-12:30 - Machine learning for mere mortals with Azure ML (Silviu Niculita)
12:30-14:00 - ARM Templates, how to create them, and use them in your CD pipeline (Florin Loghiade)

Workshops descriptions
Azure Functions (Radu Vunvulea) 

What are Azure Functions? AWS Lambda from Azure. This is the fastest w…

[Post Event] Microsoft Data Amp—where data gets to work meet-up

Together with ITCamp community from Cluj-Napoca we joined our forces for 2 hours. We wanted to find more about how we can transform our business with our data -Microsoft Data Amp.
A lot of new stuff were announced during the live streaming that can be viewed on https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/sql-server/data-amp.
If you ask me, the game changers are SQL Server 2017 that runs on Linux and the fully integration between SQL Server and other stacks like R. Nowadays you don't need to move your data outside the Database engine to execute ML. You have the ML full support direct in the database engine.



Running Azure Stream Analytics on Edge Devices

Azure Stream Analytics enable us to analyze data in real time. Connecting multiple streams of data, running queries on top of them without having to deploy complex infrastructure become possible using Azure Stream Analytics.
This Azure service is extremely powerful when you have data in the cloud. But there was no way to analyze the data stream at device or gateway level.
For example if you are in a medical laboratory you might have 8 or 12 analyzers. To be able to analyze the counters of all this devices to detect a malfunction you would need to push counters value to Azure, even if you don't need for other use cases.

Wait! There is a new service in town that enable us to run the same Azure Stream Analytics queries but at gateway or device level - Azure Stream Analytics on Edge Devices. Even if the name is long and has Azure in the name, the service is a stand alone service that runs on-premises.
This service allows us to run the same queries in real time over data streams that w…

Global Azure Bootcamp la Cluj-Napoca | April 22, 2017

Acesta este al cincilea an când ITCamp community organizează Global Azure Boot Camp. Acesta este un eveniment la nivel global care are loc în peste 159 de locații. Ca și anul trecut, Clujul nu se lasă mai prejos și apare pe harta Azure. Pe data de 22 Aprilie vă invităm pe toți la acest eveniment din Cluj-Napoca, care va conține 3 workshop-uri. Link pentru înregistrare: https://itcamp-cj-2017-azurebootcamp.eventbrite.com Participarea la eveniment este GRATUITĂ, așa cum a fost și până acum la orice eveniment organizat de comunitatea ITCamp. Pe data de 22 Aprilie ne propunem să avem 3 workshop-uri de câte 90 de minute fiecare, unde putem să învățăm împreună cum să folosim diferite servicii Azure. Fiecare workshop conține o parte teoretică și una practică. Din această cauză, o să aveți nevoie de un laptop. De ce aveți nevoie: Laptop + Visual Studio + Microsoft Azure SDK + Un cont de Azure Dacă doriți puteți să vă grupați în grupuri de 2-3 persoane la același laptop. Link pentru înregistra…

[Post-Event] Cluj ITCodecamp 2017: Azure Data Lake for super-developers

The best way to end an weekend is by a conference. So, this is what I've done. At the end of this weekend I joined Codecamp conference in Cluj-Napoca. As a free event, Codecamp gather IT speakers and attendees from all technologies and companies, being an opportunity to meet other people.

In figures, there were around 900 people, 60 speakers and around 70 session - all of this in one day. At this conference I delivered a high-level session about Azure Data Lake. Being a new service, I decided that a high level session about it is the best approach. Below you can find more about my session.

Title:
Azure Data Lake for super-developers
Abstract:
Nowadays digital information is produced by each device that we touch. What we do after we receive this data can change the way how we do business, but to be able to store and process this data we need a powerful system like Azure Data Lake. This session we will discover the secrets that are behind Azure Data Lake and why this service should be…