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    Another Availability Story

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    In our recently updated case study - http://aka.ms/sxp , we write about our great experiences with Windows Azure deployments and how confident we are in our ability to deploy updates quickly with no impact to our customers. Since our services are powering...
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    Windows Azure Case Study

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    We just published an updated case study at: http://aka.ms/sxp Using Windows Azure to Build and Expand Microsoft.com Social Media Capabilities The Social eXperience Platform (SXP), which is powered by Windows Azure® and SQL Azure®, has...
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    Cloud Elasticity - A Real-World Example

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    Windows Azure is the cloud-based development platform that lets you build and run applications in the cloud, launch them in minutes instead of months and code in multiple languages or technologies including .NET, PHP, and Java. One of the promises...
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    One Million Requests Today!

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    Today, April 11, SXP delivered 1,004,367 requests in a 24 hour period. Our first Million Request Day!!! When we launched SXP just under a year ago, we had just under 25K requests per day. Less than a year later, our peak load has grown by 40X. Measured...
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    SXP - One year later

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    One year ago this month we launched our first Windows Azure platform-based web service, the Social eXperience Platform (SXP). The Windows Azure Platform had just launched, so we were entering uncharted territory. Looking back over the last 12 months,...
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    SXP Video

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    Abe Ray and I filmed a video late last year and it released recently as part of the Cloud series on Microsoft IT Showcase - http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg521165.aspx Our video is here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg575755...
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    Q1 SXP Availability

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    We implemented the Social eXperience Platform on Windows Azure and SQL Azure in April. We just published our Q1 (fiscal year begins July 1) availability numbers and I think they show how amazing the Azure platform is. Our application is a stateless...
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    Azure Case Study

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    We recently published a Windows Azure / SQL Azure case study on Microsoft IT Showcase. This is based on the work we have done on the Social eXperience Platform. Case study is here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff973966.aspx
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    SQL Azure Connection Retry Update

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    Based on several e-mail conversations, I've updated the retry code slightly and made a couple of improvements.  The code in the original post is updated and it's also included in this post for RSS purposes.  We haven't deployed this version to production yet, so I don't have any real-world results to report.

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    SQL Azure Connection Retry

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    This is a summary of a relatively long thread from the Microsoft internal SQL Azure discussion alias. I basically stole some ideas and put them together in an implementation that works well for our solution. Our solution As I mentioned in my previous...
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    We're Live in the Cloud

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    I've been really busy this year working on the team that shipped version 1 of the Social eXperience Platform (SXP). SXP (previously known as Project Austin) is a multi-tenant web service that enables social media capabilities across microsoft.com. SXP...
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    Architecture Certification

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    The International Association of Software Architects ( IASA ) recently launched the Certified IT Architect (CITA) certification and training programs . I have worked with many of the leaders of IASA for years and am very impressed with the training and...
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    I've moved to the cloud ...

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    I recently joined the Relationship eXperience Group within Microsoft IT and one of my new year's resolutions is to post more frequently. Our new team blog is up at http://blogs.msdn.com/rxg/ Drop by and see what we're up to.
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    IASA Perspectives Issue 4

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    Issue 4 of IASA Perspectives focuses on defining an architect and brings up one of the most common questions: What is an architect (software, solutions, enterprise, infrastructure, et. al.)? I often ask this question during MCA boards and sometimes...
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    Miha on MCA

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    Miha posted about his recent MCA board experience here . I wasn't on Miha's board, but I was on boards that week with the four people who were and I imagine it was 80 minutes of tough questions. Like Miha, I walked out of my board second (and third...
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    A Good Book

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    I listened to a good audio book this week: 25 Things to Say to the Interviewer, to Get the Job You Want: Being Qualified Isn't Enough . It’s a short book and an easy read / listen. Most of the points the book brings up fall into the “good, old-fashioned...
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    MCA Application Deadline Approaching

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    I just spoke to the program manager for the MCA program and there are still a few spots left for applicants. If you're interested, please go to http://www.microsoft.com/learning/mcp/architect and look at the details. The deadline is a week from today...
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    Microsoft Certified Architect (MCA) program

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    I’m still trying to catch up from being out all last week, serving on the MCA boards at the MTC in Austin. As usual, it was a great learning experience, but it’s also a grueling week and I’m way behind. I continue to be impressed with the level of...
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    Hello World

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    numberOfLanguagesHelloWorldImplementedIn ++;
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