Michael Wood describes himself as a problem solving, outdoorsy, user group advising, dog-loving, blog writing, solution creating, event planning, married, technology speaking, father of one kind of guy. When he's not living up to that title he's an avid reader, (horrible) violinist and gamer. Michael is one of the Founding Directors of the Cincinnati .NET User Group as well as the founder of the Cincinnati Software Architecture Special Interest Group. Michael has been awarded a Microsoft MVP in Windows Azure for his contributions to educating the community on the cloud platform. You can catch up with Michael on his blog at http://mvwood.com/blog and on twitter under the handle @mikewo.
The options that you need to select when setting up an Azure Storage service account allow you to specify the durability and high-availability of your data, but they don't provide for data recovery to a point-in-time. In fact, it means that some of the bad things that can happen to data are more efficiently replicated to all copies. Backup is quite a separate issue.… Read more10 September 2014
Hosting a scalable application in Azure seems ideal, but what happens when things go wrong? Azure Cloud Services provide extensive disgnostics, and this feature has now been extended to Azure web sites and Azure Virtual Machines. You need to set up diagnostics on the VM, but once this is done, all your logs, traces and performance counters can be collected from many VMs in one place for easy management.… Read more14 February 2014
If your database server is in Azure, then it makes sense to do backups into Azure too. SQL Server 2014
supports backups to the cloud, and particularly well with Managed Backup. Once your backups are safely in an Azure BLOB, then what? Mike Wood takes up the story.… Read more03 January 2014
As applications grow, a message queue system soon becomes the best way of achieving scalability. It is an obvious candidate for a cloud-based service, and Azure's Service Bus Brokered Messaging service is a robust and well-tried product. Mike Wood provides enough in this article to get you started.… Read more14 November 2013
Windows Azure Tables are intended for the storage of large amounts of schemaless data. Tables are just containers of rows of data. Mike Wood describes the practicalities of getting started with using the system.… Read more14 October 2013
Although Windows Azure can be used from the portal, it comes into its own once provisioning, deployments and maintenance can be automated or undertaken with specialized tools. To reach this stage, you need to understand Windows Azure Management Certificates. Mike Wood brings all this information into one article and guides you through the process. … Read more07 August 2013
It is wrong to assume that moving to a managed cloud platform means never having to be concerned with upgrades to the operating system: It is important to be aware of how these updates are applied, and how they can affect the availability and maintainability of your cloud-based applications… Read more12 July 2013
Azure BLOB storage is persistent Cloud data storage that serves a variety of purposes. Mike Wood shows the basics of how to use it, from start through to snapshots and metadata; both from .NET, and by using the free tool, Cerebrata Azure Explorer. … Read more20 March 2013
Any IT application will suffer a failure at some point. A well-designed application can accomodate failure by reacting in such a way as to minimise the effect: to fail gracefully. Good Cloud software design should plan around mitigating the consequences of failure of any part of the system… Read more29 October 2012
Whereas Azure works fine for established websites with a healthy visitor-count, it hasn't suited developers who wanted to just try the platform out, or to rapidly develop a number of hosted websites. The deployment process seemed too slow. Microsoft have now found a way of accomodating the latter type of usage with Windows Azure Websites (WAWS). … Read more
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