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    Windows Azure Learning Plan - Storage

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    This is one in a series of posts on a Windows Azure Learning Plan. You can find the main post here . This one deals with Storage for Windows Azure. Overview Overview and general information about Windows Azure Storage - what...
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    Quote of the Day: On Internet Comments

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    Congress should pass a law restricting public comment on the Internet to individuals who have spent a minimum of one hour actually accomplishing a specific task while on line. - Andy Grove
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    Windows Azure Security Links

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    Research shows that companies that are considering a “cloud” platform have various concerns, and that security is at the top of that list. I’ve put together a list of the resources I use for explaining our security posture, and the steps...
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    Designing for the cloud

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    With the advent of platform as a service (Azure and paradigms like it) it isn't enough to simply write the same code patterns as we have in the past. To be sure, those patterns will still function in Azure, but we are not taking full advantage of the...
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    Microsoft User Experience Studies at PASS for SQL Server and Azure

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    One of the great things about attending the Summit Conference for the Professional Association of SQL Server (PASS) is that you can participate in studies that Microsoft conducts to find out how we create our next projects. My good friend Dr. Mark Stempski...
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    Database Testing Links

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    Yesterday at the SQL PASS 2010 Summit I did a presentation on database testing - I have two sets of links I mentioned there, one for the information I presented and the other for various tools I've tried. Enjoy: More information on Database Testing...
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    New Content for Microsoft Azure's HDInsight for March 2014

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    New HDInsight Content released in March: Avro SDK - http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn469975.aspx Getting started with HDInsight (YouTube video) - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLDrz-Fkcb9WWdY-Yp6D4fTC1ll_3lU-QS Monitor HDInsight...
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    The danger of predictive analytics

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    As a technical professional working in the data field, I implement small and large-scale data systems every day. Some of those systems are used to record transactional data for immediate processing, others record the data in large collections for later...
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    Making a Data-Driven Decision

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    We make decisions all the time. Most are simple - diet or regular, paper or plastic, beach or mountains. But some decisions are complicated - and not because of the choice - but because of all the things you choose against when you make that choice. And...
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    Windows Azure Database (SQL Azure) Development Tip

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    When you create something in the cloud, it's real, and you're charged for it. There are free offerings, and you even get free resources with your Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) subscription, but there are limits within those. Creating a 1 GB database...
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    Cloud Computing: Start with the problem

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    At one point in my life I would build my own computing system for home use. I wanted a particular video card, a certain set of drives, and a lot of memory. Not only could I not find those things in a vendor’s pre-built computer, but those were more...
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    Keeping your options open in a cloud solution

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    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...
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    The way to the future - Hybrid systems

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    I've written before (as have others) about the dangers of an "either/or" mentality with various technologies, including the "cloud". Companies are starting to understand this message - I've been traveling a lot this year from Alaska to California, from...
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    Using Resources the Right Way

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    It’s an interesting time in computing technology. At one point there was a dearth of information available for solving a given problem, or educating ourselves on broader topics so that we can solve problems in the future. With dozens, perhaps hundreds...
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    Creating a Corporate Data Hub

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    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...
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    Windows Azure End to End Examples

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    I’m fascinated by the way people learn. I’m told there are several methods people use to understand new information, from reading to watching, from experiencing to exploring. Personally, I use multiple methods of learning when I encounter a new topic...
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    Book Review (Book 12) - 20 Master Plots

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    This is a continuation of the books I challenged myself to read to help my career - one a month, for a year. You can read my first book review here , and the entire list is here . The book I chose for May 2012 was: 20 Master Plots by Ronald B. Tobias...
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    In the Cloud, Everything Costs Money

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    I’ve been teaching my daughter about budgeting. I’ve explained that most of the time the money coming in is from only one or two sources – and you can only change that from time to time. The money going out, however, is to many locations, and it changes...
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    Windows Azure Virtual Machines - Make Sure You Follow the Documentation

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    To create a Windows Azure Infrastructure-as-a-Service Virtual Machine you have several options. You can simply select an image from a “Gallery” which includes Windows or Linux operating systems, or even a Windows Server with pre-installed...
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    Using Hadooop (HDInsight) with Microsoft - Two (OK, Three) Options

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    Microsoft has many tools for “Big Data”. In fact, you need many tools – there’s no product called “Big Data Solution” in a shrink-wrapped box – if you find one, you probably shouldn’t buy it. It’s...
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    I Could Sure Use Some Windows Azure Code Samples…

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    There are multiple ways to learn, and one of the most effective is with examples. You have multiple options with Windows Azure, including the Software Development Kit , the Windows Azure Training Kit and now another one…. the Microsoft All-In-One...
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    Cloud Computing - just get started already!

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    OK - you've been hearing about "cloud" (I really dislike that term, but whatever) for over two years. You've equated it with just throwing some VM's in some vendor's datacenter - which is certainly part of it, but not the whole story. There's a whole...
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    Cloud Computing Architecture Patterns: Don’t Focus on the Client

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    Normally I try to put topics in the positive in other words "Do this" not "Don't do that". Sometimes its clearer to focus on what *not* to do. Popular development processes often start with screen mockups, or user input descriptions. In a scale-out pattern...
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    DevOps for Windows Azure

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    "DevOps" (Short for Dev eloper Op eration s ) is one of a group of new terms such as "Cloud", "Big Data" and "Data Scientist" - words that are somewhere between marketing and tasks we've actually had around in other forms for years.However, working in...
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    How Does the Cloud Change a Developer's Job?

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    I've recently posted a blog on how cloud computing would change the Systems Architect’s role in an organization , another on how the cloud changes a Database Administrator's job , and the last post dealt with the Systems Administrator . In this...
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