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Video: Microservices, IoT and Azure

I recently recorded a session for the Collab365 virtual conference that is an overview of my recently released book, Microservices, IoT and Azure. The book provides practical guidance for adopting a high velocity, continuous delivery process to create reliable, scalable, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solutions that are designed and built using a microservice architecture, deployed to the Azure cloud, and managed through automation. Microservices, IoT, and Azure offers software developers, architects, and operations engineers’ step-by-step directions for building SaaS applications—applications that are available 24×7, work on any device, scale elastically, and are resilient to change–through code, script, exercises, and a working reference implementation.

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A working definition of microservices is provided and I contrast this approach with traditional monolithic Layered Architecture. A fictitious, home-biomedical startup is used to demonstrate microservice architecture and automation capabilities for cross-cutting and business services as well as connected device scenarios for Internet of Things (IoT). Several Azure PaaS services are detailed including Storage, SQL Database, DocumentDb, Redis Cache, Cloud Services, Web API’s, API Management, IoT Hub, IoT Suite, Event Hub, and Stream Analytics. Finally the book looks to the future and examines Service Fabric to see how microservices are becoming the de facto approach to building reliable software in the cloud.

The video combines presentation with live demos that will give you insight into the concepts laid out in the book and the reference implementation that is used to demonstrate those concepts.

You will learn :

  1. Why is microservice architecture a compelling pattern for cloud-native applications
  2. What are microservices and how do they compare to traditional monolithic layered architecture
  3. How microservices are used in Internet of Things (IoT) and Big Data Analytics solutions
  4. How to use PowerShell to automate microservice development, test, staging and deployment

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This book provides practical guidance for adopting a high velocity, continuous delivery process to create reliable, scalable, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solutions that are designed and built using a microservice architecture, deployed to the Azure cloud, and managed through automation. Microservices, IoT, and Azure offers software developers, architects, and operations engineers’ step-by-step directions for building SaaS applications—applications that are available 24×7, work on any device, scale elastically, and are resilient to change–through code, script, exercises, and a working reference implementation.

The book provides a working definition of microservices and contrasts this approach with traditional monolithic Layered Architecture. A fictitious, homebiomedical startup is used to demonstrate microservice architecture and automation capabilities for cross-cutting and business services as well as connected device scenarios for Internet of Things (IoT). Several Azure PaaS services are detailed including Storage, SQL Database, DocumentDb, Redis Cache, Cloud Services, Web API’s, API Management, IoT Hub, IoT Suite, Event Hub, and Stream Analytics. Finally the book looks to the future and examines Service Fabric to see how microservices are becoming the de facto approach to building reliable software in the cloud.

What you’ll learn

  • What microservices are and why are they’re a compelling architecture pattern for SaaS applications
  • How to design, develop, and deploy microservices using Visual Studio, PowerShell, and Azure
  • Microservice patterns for cross-cutting concerns and business capabilities
  • Microservice patterns for Internet of Things and big data analytics solutions using IoT Hub, Event Hub, and Stream Analytics
  • Techniques for automating microservice provisioning, building, and deployment
  • What Service Fabric is and how it’s the future direction for microservices on Microsoft Azure

Who this book is for

Software Application Architects, .NET Developers, Database Admins and DevOps engineers. The sample code provided is a combination of C# and PowerShell.

IoT Business Value

Thank you to everyone who attend the BlueMetal Driving IoT Business Value events in Cambridge and New York. Below is a recap of the session. If you are interested in discussing an IoT business scenario with us, do not hesitate to reach out.

-Bob Familiar

IoT

IoT is not new. The ability to connect devices to networks, gather telemetry and display that information to garner insight and take action has been around for some time. I have a fond memory of my parents insisting that I stay up late to watch Neil Armstrong become the first name to walk on the moon. I am sure it was this event that began my passion for engineering and my addiction to caffeine.

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This was my first exposure to the concept of data being collected by sensors and sent across space and time to be collected and analyzed in near-real-time so that status could be visualized, insights gleaned and action taken in case of emergency. NASA’s Mission Control consisted of hundreds of people, each with their own collection of monitors providing data visualization of key metrics coming from the command module or an astronaut’s suit. That data was an immediate measure of mission status and safety. Truly amazing when you think about what that organization accomplished given the state of technology at the time.

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The Tipping Point

The one thing that NASA had that made them unique was a budget. A HUGE budget. Billions of dollars enabled NASA to put humans on the moon and in the process define IoT for the rest of us. I guess IoT really is rocket science.

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Book: Microservices, IoT and Azure

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Microservices, IoT and Azure

Leveraging DevOps and Microservice Architecture to deliver SaaS Solutions
by Bob Familiar, published by Apress Publishing.

Microservices, IoT & Azure provides practical guidance on how to adopt a Microservices Architecture and leverage Microsoft’s Azure Platform in order to build highly scalable, resilient, Software-as-a-Service solutions. Bob Familiar, Practice Director for Cloud & Services at BlueMetal, Inc. provides software developers, architects and operations engineers’ practical guidance and impactful reference implementations that demonstrate how to leverage Automation and a Microservice Architecture to deliver SaaS applications. SaaS applications are software products that are available 24×7, work on any device, are always up to date, scale elastically and are resilient to change. This book will demonstrates how a combination of Azure, Microservice Architecture and Automation provide the key to achieving continuous delivery and the promise of Software-as-a-Service.

A working definition of Microservices will be presented and the approach will be contrasted with traditional Monolithic Layered Architecture. You will learn how Microsoft Azure provides foundational Microservices for Storage, Compute, Messaging, App Containers, API Management and more and learn how to leverage those services in the creation of your own Microservice catalog. The Home Biomedical Reference Implementation will be used to demonstrate these capabilities for traditional line of business services as well as Connected Device scenarios for Internet of Things. Finally we will look to the future, to where Azure is headed, to see how Microservices are becoming the De facto approach to building in the cloud.

What You Will Learn:

  • What are Microservices and why are they a compelling architecture pattern for SaaS applications
  • How to design, develop and deploy Microservices using Visual Studio, PowerShell and Azure
  • Microservice patterns for traditional line of business solutions
  • Microservice patterns for Internet of Things and Big Data Analytics solutions
  • Techniques for automating Microservice provisioning, build and deployment
  • What is Service Fabric and how that is the future direction for Microservices on the Microsoft Azure
Chapters
  1. From Monolithic to Microservice
  2. What is a Microservice?
  3. Microservice Architecture
  4. Azure – A Microservice Platform
  5. Automation
  6. Microservice Reference Implementation
  7. IoT and Microservices
  8. Service Fabric

The Reference Implementation will provide PowerShell scripts to automate the Provisioning, Build, Deployment and De-Provisioning of the solution. The Solution consists of several independent Microservices built using C# and ASP.NET Web API along with DocumentDb and Redis. In addition there is an IoT component of the solution that is built using Azure IoT Suite, Cloud Services and SQL Database. There is a sample real-time data visualization client that demonstrates how to orchestrate the Microservices into a complete solution.

Viewed in whole, the Reference Implementation demonstrates how to use several Azure PaaS Services together along with custom code and automation scripts to create a modern Software-as-a-Service solution.

The software is provided under the Microsoft Public License (Ms-PL) and as such the software is licensed “as-is.” You bear the risk of using it. The contributors give no express warranties, guarantees or conditions.

RefM – A Microservice Case Study

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Introduction

Microservice Architecture is an emerging approach to modern application architecture where applications are composed of autonomous, independently deployed, scaled, and managed services. This approach to service architecture along with the benefits of cloud platforms provides the scalable, resilient, cross platform foundation necessary for Modern Applications.

This post takes the logical architecture defined in my previous post Modern Apps and Microservices and applies it to the design and implementation of a Microservice called RefM. RefM provides a common utility needed by nearly all applications, reference data.

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Internet of Things, A Reference Architecture

We at BlueMetal have a great deal of experience in creating solutions that leveraged connected devices streaming millions of records to cloud hosted repositories, leveraging historical and predictive analytics engines to provide insight and creating immersive experiences that give our clients agility and speed in their daily business activities. Case in point…EnerNOC.

 

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Using Lean Engineering a small team from BlueMetal was able to provide EnerNOC with an amazing user experience in 10 weeks. The application spans twenty four 55” high definition displays combining data streaming from over 35,000 devices around the globe connected to the energy grid with geo-political, social media, environmental and financial data creating a visually stunning global view of EnerNOC’s business domain that is visible to all employees and every visitor to their downtown Boston office.

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While this solution was clearly focused on the energy sector, the effort produced a reference architecture for Internet of Things solutions that spans verticals. To prove out the viability of this reference architecture in other verticals, BlueMetal created a Pharmaceutical Trial Scenario and implemented a live reference implementation.

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Color Me Blue

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I am extremely happy to announce that I have joined Blue Metal Architects as Practice Director, Cloud and Services. I manage a team of top notch Software Architects and Developers who are expert in the design and development of modern apps and Web API’s providing highly scalable, secure and stunningly beautiful solutions. Our approach incorporates modern design, architecture and coding practices to ensure project success.

Practice Offerings

  • Application Lifecycle Management
  • Application Modernization
  • Cloud Services
  • Web Application Development
  • Architecture Assessment

Companies face daunting challenges today, such as integrating private infrastructure and emerging cloud infrastructure, securely integrating employee devices with corporate IT, dealing with the explosion of data and the ability to analyze for business impact and the ongoing effort to provide seamless and secure interoperability across the apps and platforms that have evolved over the years to run the business.

I joined BlueMetal because the people here are the most experienced consultants in the industry covering application design, architecture and development, mobile and cloud platforms, security, big data and interoperability. After many years evangelizing the Microsoft platforms and helping developers build their skills, I’m excited to return to consulting and work alongside BlueMetal’s clients, helping them tackle their most challenging business and technical problems.

BlueMetal recently gained worldwide attention when the company won Microsoft’s global Winning with Azure award. BlueMetal’s Accountable Care solution for Steward Healthcare increased care quality and patient safety and reduced health care costs by creating a single source system to coordinate care and meet Meaningful Use Stage 2 regulatory requirements. The solution, based in the cloud, creates a cloud-based patient portal and repository for Big Data mining.

My passion has always been to work with the best and brightest engineers to solve the toughest problems and make a positive impact on the business. My vision as Practice Director of Cloud and Services is to infuse this passion in the team and deliver the highest quality solutions for our clients. I am truly excited to join BlueMetal and look forward to engaging our clients to maximize their growth and success

You can follow me on Twitter @bobfamiliar

 

API Management Made Easy

API-Management Azure API Management Preview is a service available in Microsoft’s cloud platform that provides an easy to use hosted Web environment to create a full featured developer portal for your RESTful Web API’s and produce rich analytics to gain insight into API usage. If you are building RESTful Web API’s as part of your employee or customer facing solutions, this is a must have service. In this article I will show you how easy it is to get started with API Management.

 

What is API Management?

Todays modern apps are built on a foundation of scalable cloud services and storage. A common architecture pattern for modern apps is to provide an application programmable interface, a.k.a. an API, to open up the functionality to more developers who then build client apps, mashups or provide integration between apps.

These Cloud Service API’s typically expose their endpoints via HTTP using REST (representational state transfer) protocol (GET, POST, PUT, DELETE) and are referred to as RESTful web API’s. By using this approach the implementation details of the API such as language, database, runtime, operating system, etc. are all abstracted. RESTful web API’s are by nature cross platform and can be consumed from any language, runtime, operating system, etc. that supports invoking HTTP requests.

It is rather easy today to build RESTful API’s in your language and platform of choice. Once you go down this path though it quickly becomes apparent you will need a great deal more infrastructure supporting your API’s in order to make them scalable, secure and are being used according to the usage and security policies that you define. This is where API Management comes into play.

An API Management system will wrap your API in its loving virtual arms and provide an additional layer of services. A typical set of services that an API Management system provides are: Read More

Event: Make Your Field Staff More Productive – We’ll Show You How

 

Do your employees in the field rely on a paper-based process to do their jobs?  Are they tied to a single mobile platform and device to perform their tasks?  While in the field, are they able to access the most recent data and content they need?

Join Microsoft, BlueMetal, Apprenda and Xamarin for a half-day in-person event to see how you can enable your field agents with a native mobile application optimized for their mobile devices, with content and data storage in the Cloud.  Learn how you can radically improve your field staff’s processes and response time while efficiently managing your infrastructure and sharing your application code across platforms.

You will learn about:
– new opportunities in mobility and the cloud
– latest capabilities you could be tapping into
– pitfalls to avoid
– how to expand your reach across devices and platforms

Our partnership brings you the best of BlueMetal’s design, architecture, and engineering expertise; Apprenda’s solutions for the private cloud; and Xamarin’s solutions for native mobile applications; all on the Microsoft stack you know and trust.

Read how we enabled this Insurance company’s field agents

Learn more about our Field Enablement solution

Location: Microsoft MTC Boston
Date:  Thursday August 28
Time: 1 pm – 5 pm
Cocktail reception following

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