Windows Azure and SQL Azure Use Cases

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The key to effectively leveraging “Cloud Computing” or more accurately, Distributed Computing architectures like Windows and SQL Azure is to implement them where they make the most sense. This is actually good advice for any computing paradigm, but some folks believe that a particular tool should be used in all circumstances. Microsoft does not recommend that you take all of the computing resources you have on-premise and move them to a distributed architecture.

A Use Case is defined as “when or where you use a technology” and a Pattern/Practice is defined as “how you implement a technology”.  In this series of posts, I’ll cover the use cases, and I’ll also give you resources to leverage to implement them. If you are looking for a way to learn "cloud" or Distributed Computing, check out the Azure Learning Plan here.

Windows Azure Use-Cases

 

Elastic Scale - Bursting workloads up and down in use patterns

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/buckwoody/archive/2011/01/18/windows-azure-use-case-elastic-scale.aspx 

Agility - The ability to quickly develop and deploy an application

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/buckwoody/archive/2011/01/25/windows-azure-use-case-agility.aspx 

New Development- Code option for new applications

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/buckwoody/archive/2011/02/08/windows-azure-use-case-new-development.aspx

Web-Centric Applications - Applications that are developed for a web paradigm

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/buckwoody/archive/2011/02/14/windows-azure-use-case-web-applications.aspx

Hybrid Applications and Data - Applications and data that need to be both on-premise and in a distributed environment

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/buckwoody/archive/2011/02/22/windows-azure-use-case-hybrid-applications.aspx 

High-Performance Computing - Apllications that require multiple processing nodes, such as scientific, research or financial data (also known as Technical Computing)

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/buckwoody/archive/2011/02/28/windows-azure-use-case-high-performance-computing-hpc.aspx 

Infrastructure Limits - Inability or unwillingness to add more physical computers to the environment

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/buckwoody/archive/2011/03/08/windows-azure-use-case-infrastructure-limits.aspx 

Fast Acquisitions - The ability to quickly migrate a newly acquired business to the current computing environment

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/buckwoody/archive/2011/03/15/windows-azure-use-case-fast-acquisitions.aspx

SQL Azure Use-Cases  

Application Data Store - Uses SQL Azure to provide a central location for department-level or other collaborative applications

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/buckwoody/archive/2011/03/22/sql-azure-use-case-department-application-data-store.aspx 

Shared Data Hub  - Provides a common data store for multiple organizations to handle data between them 

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/buckwoody/archive/2011/04/05/sql-azure-use-case-shared-data-hub.aspx 

Web-Based Applications - Using SQL Azure as a data store type for web applications

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/buckwoody/archive/2011/04/19/sql-azure-use-case-web-based-applications.aspx 

Shared Storage Application - Using SQL Azure as a hybrid data store or as part of a HA/DR plan.

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/buckwoody/archive/2011/04/26/sql-azure-use-case-shared-storage-application.aspx

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  • In general this is a great blog and I'm a fan but this post is mostly missing. All the posts seem to have 5 stars including this one...

    Simon

  • Hello Simon - this is just a "Table of Contents" Post. And Whoever reads the posts makes the stars. You can star it however you like - I don't control that.

  • I think of Azure as a solution in search of a problem.  It reminds me of Cheez Whiz: it's cheese in a very related-by-marriage-thrice-removed sort of way to cheese in the same way that Azure is related to the day to day operations of our data infrastructure. Security, Scalability, performance--I just don't see how this could be a better solution. If the other issues could be eliminated then comes the cost -- which probably eliminates it as a solution from the business-case perspective.  

    Of course, I could be wrong (as I have been so many other times)--do tell.

  • SQL Cowboy - Actually, I disagree. The cases shown here work for our clients every day. Of course, if you're not faced with any of these issues, and if what you're doing works well, as I mentioned here, stick with that.

    Thanks for reading!

  • I listened to your Deep Fried Bytes podcast - great show. Brought me here today - I think you made an excellent case for where we are going.

  • geodetics - thanks! I think this will be a great new way to work. I really do believe that distributed computing is the future.

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