In a previous post I introduced you to the Azure Marketplace where you can deploy solutions or publish your own for free for for a fee. The Azure MarketPlace uses the Azure Resource Manager technology to programatically define these deployments however even if you don’t intend to publish in the MarketPlace it’s still handy to define your own infrastructure for dev, test and production setups.
In another life I was a manager at Microsoft (both in the US and Ireland) and during that time I learned more than a few things on the job, from formal training & most importantly from various mentors that have served me well to this day.
So what was the big thing I learned in terms of upward career progression?
You don’t ask for a promotion, you show you are already doing it
To understand the Azure Marketplace let’s start with the Virtual Machine Gallery and a tale of two portals.
The Virtual Machine Gallery allows you to quickly and easily deploy a Virtual Machine running your desired operating system (OS) such as Windows Server or a Linux distro such as Ubuntu, Suse etc. It also allows you to deploy a Virtual Machine pre-configured with a workload such as Visual Studio, SQL Server, SharePoint (trial), BizTalk, Puppet and more.
The key point here is that is makes it easy to deploy a single pre-configured Virtual Machine image.
What powers this? Something called Service Management API which internally uses “RDFE” which stands for RedDog Front End (RedDog being the code name for Azure back in the day).