Oct 20, 2021   |   Pete Apple

Microsoft uses a scream test to silence its unused servers

Do you have unused servers on your hand? Don’t be alarmed if I scream about it—it’ll be for a good reason (and not just because it’s almost Halloween)! Check out Pete Apple’s expedition to the cloud series The learnings, pitfalls, and compromises of Microsoft’s expedition to the cloud Managing Microsoft Azure solutions on Microsoft’s expedition...

Dec 11, 2019   |   Aleenah Ansari

How Microsoft is modernizing its internal network using automation

After Microsoft moved its workload of 60,000 on-premises servers to Microsoft Azure, employees could set up systems and virtual machines (VMs) with a push of a few buttons. Although network hardware servers have changed over time, the way that network engineers work isn’t nearly as modern. “With computers, we have modernized our processes to follow...

Sep 20, 2019   |   Jason Gregori

How Microsoft is transforming its own patch management with Azure

At Microsoft Digital, patch management is key to our server security practices. That’s why we set out to transform our operational model with scalable DevOps solutions that still maintain enterprise-level governance. Now, Microsoft Digital uses Azure Update Management to patch tens of thousands of our servers across the global Microsoft ecosystem, both on premises and...

Mar 6, 2019   |   Seth Malcolm

Changing of the guard: How Microsoft moved its monitoring to Azure Monitor

It was time to modernize monitoring as part of Microsoft’s transition to a DevOps engineering model, and it was Dana Baxter who got the nod to lead the effort. “At Microsoft, we want to move to native Azure services,” says Baxter, a senior service engineer in Microsoft Digital. Baxter’s team is centralized and provides monitoring...