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Sandrino Di Mattia

Microsoft Azure Cloud Services Part 5: Debug, Monitor & Scale

Learn to debug, monitor and scale Azure Cloud Services as Sandrino continues his series. Read more...

Matt Milner

Azure BizTalk Services: BizTalk in Azure Platform as a Service

Matt Milner continues his series on Azure BizTalk Services by covering the Platform as a Service (PaaS) possibilities in Azure. Read more...

Matt Milner

Azure BizTalk Services: An Introduction for BizTalk Developers

Matt Milner provides a great Azure BizTalk Services Introduction for BizTalk Developers in this first of a series of articles. Read more...

Robin Shahan

Azure Blob Storage Part 10: Moving your blobs around

There are a lot of ways to move Azure Blobs around. Robin wraps up her series on Azure Blobs with Import/Export services and the AZCopy tool. Read more...

Rick Garibay

Pragmatic IoT on Azure Part 1: Introduction

A Pragmatic Introduction to Building IoT Solutions on the Azure Platform by Rick Garibay. Rick starts his series with an introduction to the Internet of Things. Read more...

Rick Garibay

Pragmatic IoT on Azure Part 2: Ingest

A Pragmatic Introduction to Building IoT Solutions on the Azure Platform by Rick Garibay. Rick continues his series covering the topic of ingesting data. Read more...

Robin Shahan

Azure Blob Storage Part 9: Shared Access Signatures

Ever need to create a link to an Azure Blob that was read only? Or maybe only lasted a short time? Then you are looking for Shared Access Signatures. Read more...

Robin Shahan

Azure Blob Storage Part 8: Blob Leases

How does Azure Blob storage handle concurrency when working with blobs? Robin explains in her next installment on Azure Blob Storage. Read more...

Robin Shahan

Azure Blob Storage Part 7: Snapshots

Learn how to work with Snapshots in Azure Blob Storage from Robin Shahan as she continues her series on Azure Blob Storage. Read more...

Robert Sheldon

Application Containers For Cloud Computing

Containers promise to make applications more portable and efficient. The technology, originally based on Linux's cgroups, provides a way of running several applications as modular, platform-agnostic packages in isolation on the same server. Docker's open-source approach to containers has dominated the market, and Microsoft is producing its own equivalent Windows system. What next? Will Containers replace VMS? Robert Sheldon investigates. Read more...

Robin Shahan

Azure Blob Storage Part 6: Blob Properties, Metadata, etc.

Robin details out the meaning behind the Blob properties, metadata and even gets to the bottom of what the Properties Properties are. Read more...

Sandrino Di Mattia

Microsoft Azure Cloud Services Part 4: Lifecycle and Customization of your VM

Sandrino continues his multi-part series on Azure Cloud Services. In this article he covers how to customize your VM and the lifecycle a VM goes through. Read more...

Robin Shahan

Azure Blob Storage Part 5: Blob Storage REST API

In this article in the series Robin covers how to use the REST API directly when working with Azure Blob Storage. Read more...

Roman Schacherl

Microsoft Azure Storage Queues Part 3: Security and Performance Tips

Roman continues his series on Azure Storage queues with a look at security and some tips on increasing performance. Read more...

Michael Collier

Microsoft Azure Diagnostics Part 4: Custom Logging Components and Azure Diagnostics 1.3 Changes

Michael Collier wraps up his series on by covering Azure Diagnostics custom logging using nLog and the covering changes in the 1.3 Diagnostics. Read more...

Robert Sheldon

Salesforce: A Very Straightforward Cloud Development Platform

Force.com is an enigma; a Platform-as-a-Service that is designed to appeal to a broad church of developers, to make it quick and easy to write simple cloud-based applications. Robert Sheldon explains, as simply as possible, why this unusual data-centric, and metadata-driven platform is attracting so much interest in the industry. Read more...

Robin Shahan

Azure Blob Storage Part 4: Uploading Large Blobs

Robin Shahan continues her series on Azure Blob storage with a dive into uploading large blobs, including pausing and resuming. Read more...

Robin Shahan

Azure Blob Storage Part 3: Using the Storage Client Library

Robin Shahan continues her series on Azure Blob Storage as she describes how to interact with the service using the .NET Client library. Read more...

Roman Schacherl

Microsoft Azure Storage Queues Part 2: Hands on Working with Queues

Roman Schacherl continues his exploration of Microsoft Azure Storage Queues by providing some getting started examples as well as words of wisdom. Read more...

Michael Collier

Microsoft Azure Diagnostics Part 3: Advanced Configuration

Michael Collier continues his series on Azure Cloud Service Diagnostics with Remote Configuration and On Demand Transfer of diagnostics data. Read more...

Robin Shahan

Azure Blob Storage Part 2: Getting Started

Robin Shahan continues her introduction to the Azure Blob Storage service by showing how to create a storage account and use a storage tool. Read more...

Robert Sheldon

The Community Cloud

The 'Community Cloud' sounds, on first impression, like marketing-speak for some untried novelty, but in fact it is already around, and working well for governments and healthcare in particular. Bob Sheldon investigates, and is encouraged to find groups of organisations who have cooperated to create secure and resilient cloud-based services. Read more...

Robin Shahan

Azure Blob Storage Part 1: Introduction

Robin Shahan provides a quick introduction to Azure BLOB Storage in this first article of a series on the topic. Read more...

Sandrino Di Mattia

Microsoft Azure Cloud Services Part 3: Service Package

Sandrino Di Mattia explains the concept of the Service Package in Microsoft Azure Cloud Services, including service configuration and service definition. Read more...

Sandrino Di Mattia

Microsoft Azure Cloud Services Part 2: Anatomy of a Cloud Service

Sandrino Di Mattia explains how to build with Azure Cloud Services, and what happens in terms of virtual machines when you deploy your application. Read more...

Michael Collier

Microsoft Azure Diagnostics Part 2: Basic Configuration of Azure Cloud Service Diagnostics

Microsoft MVP Michael Collier outlines basic configuration of Microsoft Azure Cloud Service diagnostics. Read more...

Roman Schacherl

Microsoft Azure Storage Queues Part 1: Getting Started

Microsoft MVP Roman Schacherl introduces Microsoft Azure Storage Queues, a service that connects components or applications through the cloud. Read more. Read more...

Michael Collier

Microsoft Azure Diagnostics Part 1: Introduction

Microsoft MVP Michael Collier gives top tips and advice on Microsoft Azure Diagnostics, including using the Diagnostics Agent and how to extract the data. Read more...

Sandrino Di Mattia

Microsoft Azure Cloud Services Part 1: Introduction

Sandrino Di Mattia introduces this series on the Microsoft Azure Cloud Services platform (previously called Hosted Services). Read more...

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...

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...

An Introduction to Windows Azure Table Storage
 Windows Azure Tables are intended for the storage of large amounts of schemaless data. Tables are just... Read more...

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 Because you can't maintain session state for ASP.NET applications in Azure using the default in-process... Read more...

Windows Azure Management Certificates
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