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Anton Staykov

A Look into Windows Azure Media Services

Windows Azure Media Services provides a fully-featured media management platform for Video-On-Demand solutions. Anton Staykov provides a first look at the benefits of this platform, some of the terms you should be familiar with, and how to get started. Read more...

Roger Jennings

Testing the StreamInsight Service for Windows Azure

Getting 'up to speed' with StreamInsight is easier if you take the time to run it and test it out. Roger Jennings expains how to be up and running in nine simple steps, once you've sorted out the prerequisites Read more...

Roger Jennings

StreamInsight Service for Windows Azure

StreamInsight is an important technology for tracking streams of data from several sources to spot significant trends and react to them. It now runs as an Azure service as well. Roger Jennings describes how to install it and try it out. Read more...

Shameer

Scala in AppFog

The PaaS AppFog has a great advantage in being able to deploy to several cloud providers at once. It is versatile in the range of languages it will support, and, to prove the point, Shammer shows how a Scala application can be deployed via the command-line tool Read more...

A Cloudy Place

SQL Monitor Hosted: keeping an eye on your servers from the cloud

Simple-Talk's Melanie Townsend sits down with Red Gate’s Matt Lee to talk about their newest adventure in cloud-based monitoring for SQL Server: migrating their popular SQL Monitor tool to run as a hosted service on Amazon’s cloud platform, AWS Read more...

Michael Collier

Windows Azure Web Sites

With Windows Azure, the creation of websites has become easy. You can start by deploying up to ten web-sites in a free, multi-tenant hosting environment. Then, when sites grow in popularity, you can scale out scale out from a single shared instance, to multiple shared or reserved instances Read more...

U.K Padmaja

Optimizing Windows Azure Storage Transactions using Storage Analytics

In Windows Azure, it pays to keep an eye on the amount of storage used by your Azure services. Windows Azure Storage Analytics is a useful means of checking that your data storage is within limits and and to troubleshoot issues with Storage services Read more...

Wely Lau

Installing Third Party Software on Windows Azure – What are the options?

Sometimes it is the simple questions about Azure that are hard to answer. A typical one is how to install third party software on Windows Azure. Altrhough it is possible, it isn't quite as intuitive as one might expect. Read more...

Ming Lee

What do you mean the cloud isn’t free?

Because cloud services are so easy to deploy and scale-up, it is easy to start racking up unexpectedly high bills. There are plenty of ways of keeping costs down, but don't assume that Cloud services are necessarily a cheap option. It depends on how well you control costs Read more...

Richard Mitchell

Red Gate Cloud Services – something new

Red Gate has now launched a hosted service for maintaining cloud applications that is free to try out too. It is designed to make it easy to schedule backups of your SQL Azure database Read more...

A Cloudy Place

Engine Testing Using EC2

Jeff Foster, a Software Engineer on Red Gate’s SQL Source Control product, has recently begun investigating the use of Amazon’s EC2 to run engine tests We asked him why and how. Read more...

Shameer

PHP and Git on AWS Elastic Beanstalk

Beanstalk provides a good way of deploying an application in the AWS infrastructure because you have the full control of underlying resources and you only pay for those that you use. It also supports Git, making development of AWS Elastic Beanstalk applications faster. Read more...

Jason Nappi

Scaling the Monolith

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Wely Lau

Managing session state in Windows Azure: What are the options?

Because you can't maintain session state for ASP.NET applications in Azure using the default in-process method, you will need to opt for one of the other available methods, of which the most popular are Table storage, SQL Azure, or Windows Azure Caching. Read more...

Shameer

The DevOps – NoOps Debate

A catchy new term can cause quite a lot of misunderstanding when it is picked up with enthusiasm by IT journalists. The cloud will, in time, allow us to outsource some of our Ops chores to Platform service-providers, but there will still be a need for those who are responsible for applications to be able to administer them in production wherever they are deployed. Read more...

Nuno Godinho

8 Essential Best Practices in Windows Azure Blob Storage

Binary Large OBject (BLOB) storage is the usual way of storing file-based information in Azure. Blobs are charged according to outbound traffic, storage space and the operations performed on storage contents. This means that the ways that you manage Blob Storage will affect both cost and availability. Read more...

Shameer

PHPFog and Pagoda Box: A Look at PHP Platforms

Cloud platforms such as Heroku, AppEngine, PHPFog and Pagoda Box are ideal for companies who just want to focus on providing applications without the distractions of infrastructure management. Both Pagoda and PHPFog are particularly suited to PHP-based applications using the LAMP stack Read more...

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Windows Azure Virtual Machine: A look at Windows Azure IaaS Offerings (Part 2)
 We continue our introduction of the Azure IaaS by discussing how images and disks are used in the Azure... Read more...

PHPFog and Pagoda Box: A Look at PHP Platforms
 Cloud platforms such as Heroku, AppEngine, PHPFog and Pagoda Box are ideal for companies who just want... Read more...

An Introduction to Windows Azure BLOB Storage
 Azure BLOB storage is persistent Cloud data storage that serves a variety of purposes. Mike Wood shows... Read more...

Managing session state in Windows Azure: What are the options?
 Because you can't maintain session state for ASP.NET applications in Azure using the default in-process... Read more...

Creating a custom Login page for federated authentication with Windows Azure ACS
 Windows Azure Acess Control Service (ACS) provides a way of authenticating users who need to access web... Read more...