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  • Blog Post: Which Windows Azure Cloud Architecture? PaaS or IaaS ?

    Overview Those who have been associated with cloud computing for some time knows how to select a cloud deployment architecture. However, a few ISV partners our team works with consistently asks questions about the cloud architecture selection criteria and hence this post. It is really hard to decide...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure’s Flat Network Storage to Enable Higher Scalability Targets

    Brad Calder, a Distinguished Engineer at Microsoft,  recently blogged about higher scalability targets for Azure Storage enabled by Flat Network architecture: Windows Azure’s Flat Network Storage and 2012 Scalability Targets . Windows Azure’s implementation of Flat Network toplogy, referred to as...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Storage Pricing

    When I wrote Windows Azure Platform for Enterprises in MSDN magazine in February 2010, the Azure Storage monthly cost under the header Cost Oriented Architecture for the Cloud was erroneous. This was partly due to the lack of detailed understanding of the Storage pricing at that time. The following paragraph...
  • Blog Post: Sync Framework 4.0 CTP now supports clients like iPhone, Android, Windows Phone 7 and Silverlight

      Previously Sync Framework required  a Windows  machine with Sync runtime installed on the client side. The Sync Framework 4.0 now leverages a remote sync service and hence any client that speak HTTP and OData can build occasionally connected  applications by leveraging Sync Framework...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure PDC 2010 Announcements

    Windows Azure PDC Announcements Here is a list of PDC announcements (excluding AppFabric) made by Bob Muglia during the PDC 2010 Keynote which can be viewed on demand at ( http://www.microsoftpdc.com ): Calendar Year 2010 · Virtual Machine (VM) role : increases flexibility to run software of your choice...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft’s cloud leadership per Gartner

    Our company has done such a reset towards cloud computing in the last five years that the IT research organizations are noticing the strategic direction Microsoft is taking. Here is a post on pcmag.com about a Gartner presentation on cloud vendor comparison from at recent Gartner Symposium: http://blogs...
  • Blog Post: Cost Oriented Architecture of Cloud Applications

    As I was speaking to a group of customers few days ago, one question kept coming back - the impact of the architecture decisions on the monthly charges. The operational expenses of an application deployed to Cloud can be significantly impacted by the architecture decisions. Typical Cloud storage costs...
  • Blog Post: SQL Azure CTP announced

    SQL Azure Community Technology Preview (CTP) was announced on 8/18/2009; SQL Azure is a database in the Cloud that helps easy provisioning of relational databases to be used by Azure as well as on premise applications. Here is the excerpt from the SQL Azure blog ( http://blogs.msdn.com/ssds/default.aspx...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft loves everyone!

    CEO of Salesforce.com suggests that Microsoft hates everyone( http://venturebeat.com/2008/11/03/salesforcecom-on-microsoft-they-hate-everybody/ ) by suggesting that we are not an open cloud platform. His assertions are debatable and even his love to everyone is not unconditional (please see http://blogs...
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