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  • Blog Post: On Being the Governor of your Azure Dev/Test Environments

    Microsoft Azure is awesome for doing development and testing. The ability to spin up, spin down, create and destroy environments at the snap of a finger is very cool.  But what if there was a way to add some governance to those environments?  Would that be cool, too?  Yes, yes it would...
  • Blog Post: Azure Cloud Load Testing – Part 2

    Guest Post by Ahmed Al-Asaad In the previous blog post, I showed how easy it is to initiate a load test from Azure by just providing a URL of the web page you want to load test, specify the number of users and the duration. This is great for websites where requests are GET requests or you are not...
  • Blog Post: Azure Cloud Load Testing Made Easy

    Guest Post by Ahmed Al-Asaad Load testing is a very import milestone in your development lifecycle that is usually ignored. Load testing allows you to discover how your system behaves while x number of users are using your application. It may uncover performance issues and hence you can optimize the...
  • Blog Post: On a Cloud: Config & Consumer Pattern

    Configuration In this video I quickly go through how I set up configuration for the projects that I work on. I go through the reasons why I have come to only using configuration when the value needs to change depending on environment. Queue: Competing Consumers Pattern The competing consumer...
  • Blog Post: On a Cloud: Deployment & MQC

    Deployment Cadence During my last start-up our team started extremely lean. We utilized Azure Web Apps and wanted to build our site fast, and respond to user feedback in near real-time. By using Git (GitHub) as our deployment mechanism and Web Apps, 2 of us were able to push upwards of 220 builds...
  • Blog Post: On a Cloud: Entropy & Precision Scheduling

    Cloud: High Entropy Systems A mad dash through computer history, and onto why high entropy systems work well in cloud environments. I outline a few reasons why entropy is important and summarize why as an industry are looking at breaking down systems into small pieces, such as the introduction of...
  • Blog Post: On a Cloud: Projects & Advanced Dequeuing

    General Project Layout My general thoughts that guide me in deciding which services to use and also how to structure the code projects to add the most value to the project. PaaS over IaaS Projects layout & SDK's Dequeue Dynamics A deeper look into dequeuing; this wraps...
  • Blog Post: On a Cloud: Data Processing

    Image Processing This video should help you realize simple but powerful techniques in getting images to cloud backed storage, and processing them for common views. Upload strategy Queue for background processing Enable CDN for low latency For more information check out his Open...
  • Blog Post: On a Cloud: Queue Batches

    Queue: Batch Sizes Building up on the queue fundamentals, in this video I cover the important of using batches of messages when you are trying to optimize for messaging throughput. Enabling high-throughput messaging systems Concerns to think about during design Queue: Dynamic...
  • Blog Post: On a Cloud: CDN & Queue Sharding

    Content Delivery Network (CDN) I run through at a high level what a CDN is and how it enables lower latency for your clients. Then I share with you what has worked for me when using a CDN to deliver low latency web sites. Also using a CDN can actually enable a more cost effective solution at scale...
  • Blog Post: On a Cloud: Capacity

    In these two videos I cover some ways to think about server resources or capacity which enable to save money and improve throughput. Once you understand your needed capacity, and how you can scale through the use of scale units you will really be enabling the power of cloud computing. Capacity Planning...
  • Blog Post: How to Activate Your Free Azure DreamSpark Subscription

    This blog post will show you how to activate your free Azure DreamSpark account. Azure DreamSpark is a way for students to gain access to several services on Microsoft Azure at no cost. It is specially tailored for students so that they do not need a credit card to use any of the services. Azure DreamSpark...
  • Blog Post: Big Changes Are Coming! Are You Ready For This?

    If you haven’t had the chance to catch up on the recent announcements from Microsoft’s two major conferences, Build and Ignite , I highly recommend that you carve out some time on your calendar to head on over to Channel 9 to watch the keynotes, and any deep dive sessions that are relevant to your role...
  • Blog Post: Breakpoint Shorts: Why the Cloud?

    You've built an app.  It's become very successful and you're finding that it's tougher and tougher to keep up with user demand because your server resource capacity is maxed out.  What do you do?  Well, you move it to the cloud!  In this inaugural episode of Breakpoint Shorts, learn...
  • Blog Post: Part 1: An Introduction to Azure Data Services

    Hello and welcome to this new tutorial series of Azure Data Services. Through the course of this tutorial, I will take you through what Azure has to offer in Data Services. I will start with the basics of relational databases, dig into the goodness of non-relational offerings and end with what is new...
  • Blog Post: Part 5: Azure Mobile Service: What you need to know about Backend Server Scripts and Scheduling

    This tutorial series takes you through how Azure Mobile Services provides Mobile-Backend-As-A-Service by discussing various features and basics of how to get started. Part 1: How Azure Mobile Services enable your Cloud First Mobile First World Part 2: Azure Mobile Services: What you need to know to get...
  • Blog Post: Part 4: Azure Mobile Services: What you need to know about Authentication and Authorization

    This tutorial series takes you through how Azure Mobile Services provides Mobile-Backend-As-A-Service by discussing various features and basics of how to get started. Part 1: How Azure Mobile Services enable your Cloud First Mobile First World Part 2: Azure Mobile Services: What you need to know to get...
  • Blog Post: Part 2: Azure Mobile Services: What you need to know to get started with Storage Services

    How Azure Mobile Services enable your Cloud First Mobile First World is a generic overview of Azure Mobile Services and the various features that provide Mobile-Backend-As-A-Service (MB-a-a-S). In this article, I will dig deeper into Storage Services. Through this article, I will introduce you to the...
  • Blog Post: Its all about being Open!

    Why Open? One of the coolest things to happen at Microsoft is embracing and supporting Openness . This is about how we, as a company, collaborate with others in the industry and how we listen to our customers. Its about the choice that we give to our customers and developers. Right from supporting...
  • Blog Post: The BizSpark Guide

    The BizSpark Guide The BizSpark Guide What is BizSpark? Who is BizSpark for? What is Microsoft Azure? Features of Azure Compute & Networking Web & Mobile Data & Analytics Storage & Backup Media & CDN Signing up for BizSpark...
  • Blog Post: Code, Manage, Test, and Deploy Directly From the Cloud

    Code, manage, test and deploy your applications directly from the cloud. On this episode of Breakpoint, Jonathan and Paul walk you through Visual Studio Online. Become familiar with the tools associated with Visual Studio Online, learn how to create a new project in Visual Studio Online and publish it...
  • Blog Post: Day 2 of //build/ in a Nutshell

    Yesterday, I shared with you my recap of day 1 . To no surprise, day 2 was just as exciting with announcements and talks centered around Microsoft Azure (in case you missed it, it’s not Windows Azure anymore! It’s Microsoft Azure.) Notable announcements of day 2 44 new announcements for Microsoft Azure...
  • Blog Post: Rockin’ Windows Azure with Visual Studio

    In this episode of Breakpoint , Jonathan and Paul thought they'd take their own spin on talking about Windows Azure . Visual Studio 2013 is the best front-end to the Windows Azure development platform, and as such, they take you on a tour of Windows Azure from Visual Studio's perspective. See how you...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure = Security + Privacy + Compliance

    Never have I been able to have a conversation about the Cloud without having the question asked of me: “What about security, privacy, and compliance?” Unlike some other folks that I know, I don’t shy away from having this discussion as I am of the opinion that, though a bit complicated to explain quickly...
  • Blog Post: What is Windows Azure?

    I know, I know. You are probably thinking that this question has been answered so many time. It has, yet it remains one of the toughest questions I have to answer on a regular basis. The reason behind this level of difficulty boils down to trying to pack all that is Windows Azure into a brief meaningful...
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