Security with API: OAuth, token-based access vs key-based access

Let’s consider security with APIs, i.e how to securely identify the caller. There are two authentication methods quite popular in the cloud to secure APIs: Key-based access OAuth, or token-based access in general Let’s compare them. Key-Based By key-based we mean an authentication scheme where we do pass a key to the API request. That … More Security with API: OAuth, token-based access vs key-based access

Azure Functions HTTP – Authorization Levels

In a past article, we looked at Serverless compute in Azure in general and Azure Functions specifically. In this article we wanted to focus on Azure Function triggered by HTTP requests and the different options we have to authenticate: Anonymous Function Admin System User Those are called Authorization Levels.  For each function in a function … More Azure Functions HTTP – Authorization Levels

Serverless compute with Azure Functions – Getting Started

I meant to write about Azure Functions & serverless computing for quite a while now.  So here we go. This entry is meant as a “getting started” entry with pointers to documentation and general discussion.  We’ll dive deeper in future articles. Serverless What is serverless computing? It doesn’t mean, as this blog’s introduction image suggests, … More Serverless compute with Azure Functions – Getting Started

Disaster Recovery with VM Scale Sets & Geo-Replicated DBs

Last year we posted an article about different options available in Azure to implement a disaster discovery strategy. We strongly suggest to review that article as it gives good insights about what a disaster recovery strategy is within an already resilient Cloud Environment but also clear out a few misconceptions people have around DR-capability of … More Disaster Recovery with VM Scale Sets & Geo-Replicated DBs

Setup for populating Cosmos DB with random data using Logic Apps

We recently published an article about Cosmos DB Performance with Geospatial Data. In this article, we’re going to explain how to setup the environment in order to run those performance test. More importantly, we believe this article is interesting on its own as it shows how to use Logic Apps to populate a Cosmos DB … More Setup for populating Cosmos DB with random data using Logic Apps