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  • Blog Post: Keeping your options open in a cloud solution

    In on-premises solutions we have the full range of options open for a given computing solution – but we don’t always take advantage of them, for multiple reasons. Data goes in a Relational Database Management System, files go on a share, and e-mail goes to the Exchange server. Over time...
  • Blog Post: Creating a Corporate Data Hub

    The Windows Azure Marketplace has a rich assortment of data and software offerings for you to use – a type of Software as a Service (SaaS) for IT workers, not necessarily for end-users. Among those offerings is the “Data Hub” – a  codename for a project that ironically actually does what the codename...
  • Blog Post: BlobShare: Corporate Filesharing with Security and Control

    We’ve all done it. We have a file we need to transfer to someone  - but it’s big. Really big. “Big”, in this case, is defined as “bigger than my corporate e-mail will let me send.” So of course we scout around, and find a free file share location. We plop it in, and send a link to the other person...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Use Case: Supplementing Infrastructure

    I’ve explained before that Windows Azure is a Platform as a Service - at its simplest, that means that you write software and Azure runs it for you. But what if you are a shop that normally buys “off the shelf” software, and the only software you write is an internal utility here and there - can you...
  • Blog Post: Big Data and the Cloud - More Hype or a Real Workload?

    Last week Microsoft announced several new offerings for “Big Data” - and since I’m a stickler for definitions, I wanted to make sure I understood what that really means. What is “Big Data”? What size hard drive is that? After all, my laptop has 1TB of storage - is my laptop “Big Data”? There are actually...
  • Blog Post: Creating a Distributed Computing System Using a Windows Azure Queue

    The Windows Azure Queue component, like all Windows Azure components (Roles, Storage, App Fabric, SQL Azure) can be used by itself or with other Windows Azure components. That’s why I refer to Windows Azure as “Distributed Computing” rather than “cloud”. Having a distributed off premise queue has a lot...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Use-Case: Mobile Development

    One of the most natural development use-cases for the Windows Azure platform is with mobile devices, such as smartphones, tablets and even embedded computers in cars and other devices. The reason this paradigm works so well is that most mobile devices are not as powerful as larger computers - they simply...
  • Blog Post: Rip and Replace or Extend and Embrace?

    As most of you know, I don’t like the term “cloud” very much. It isn’t defined, which means it can be anything. I prefer “distributed computing”, which is more technically accurate and describes what you’re doing in more concrete terms. So when you think about...
  • Blog Post: Demand Capacity Real World Example on Windows Azure

    I recently had a fascinating conversation with CoreConnex, a company that has a Financial Analysis dashboard called Corelytics. Corelytics is an Azure based SaaS product with about 1,000 customers supported in 11 countries. Last week Corelytics was announced as the Intuit Application Showcase Grand Prize...
  • Blog Post: The Conundrum of Cloud Computing Evidence

    “Who is using Windows Azure? How are they doing it?” I get asked this all the time as I speak to our clients when we mention Windows or SQL Azure as a possible solutions to an architectural problem the company has. I completely understand the question. I’ve worked far longer outside of Microsoft than...
  • Blog Post: SQL Azure Use Case: Shared Data Hub

    This is one in a series of posts on when and where to use a distributed architecture design in your organization's computing needs. You can find the main post here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/buckwoody/archive/2011/01/18/windows-azure-and-sql-azure-use-cases.aspx Description: Organizations often need to...
  • Blog Post: SQL Azure Use Case: Department Application Data Store

    This is one in a series of posts on when and where to use a distributed architecture design in your organization's computing needs. You can find the main post here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/buckwoody/archive/2011/01/18/windows-azure-and-sql-azure-use-cases.aspx   Description: Most organizations use...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Use Case: Fast Acquisitions

    This is one in a series of posts on when and where to use a distributed architecture design in your organization's computing needs. You can find the main post here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/buckwoody/archive/2011/01/18/windows-azure-and-sql-azure-use-cases.aspx   Description: Many organizations absorb...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Use Case: Infrastructure Limits

    This is one in a series of posts on when and where to use a distributed architecture design in your organization's computing needs. You can find the main post here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/buckwoody/archive/2011/01/18/windows-azure-and-sql-azure-use-cases.aspx   Description: Physical hardware components...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Use Case: High-Performance Computing (HPC)

    This is one in a series of posts on when and where to use a distributed architecture design in your organization's computing needs. You can find the main post here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/buckwoody/archive/2011/01/18/windows-azure-and-sql-azure-use-cases.aspx   Description: High-Performance Computing...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Use Case: Hybrid Applications

    This is one in a series of posts on when and where to use a distributed architecture design in your organization's computing needs. You can find the main post here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/buckwoody/archive/2011/01/18/windows-azure-and-sql-azure-use-cases.aspx   Description: Organizations see the...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Use Case: Web Applications

    This is one in a series of posts on when and where to use a distributed architecture design in your organization's computing needs. You can find the main post here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/buckwoody/archive/2011/01/18/windows-azure-and-sql-azure-use-cases.aspx   Description: Many applications have...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Use Case: New Development

    This is one in a series of posts on when and where to use a distributed architecture design in your organization's computing needs. You can find the main post here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/buckwoody/archive/2011/01/18/windows-azure-and-sql-azure-use-cases.aspx Description: Computing platforms evolve...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Use Case: Agility

    This is one in a series of posts on when and where to use a distributed architecture design in your organization's computing needs. You can find the main post here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/buckwoody/archive/2011/01/18/windows-azure-and-sql-azure-use-cases.aspx   Description: Agility in this context...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure and SQL Azure Use Cases

    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...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Use Case: Elastic Scale

    This is one in a series of posts on when and where to use a distributed architecture design in your organization's computing needs. You can find the main post here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/buckwoody/archive/2011/01/18/windows-azure-and-sql-azure-use-cases.aspx   Description: “Elastic Scale” is a...
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