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  • Blog Post: Building a Startup in a Weekend with BizSpark & SQL Azure

    This article is syndicated from http://bizspark.com . BizSpark™ is Microsoft’s program for helping startups succeed with software (including Azure benefits ), support & visibility. To learn more and sign up, go to: http://bizspark.com . On the 30th anniversary of the 1st AIDS case ever documented...
  • Blog Post: 15-Episode SQL Azure Learning Series Released

    This is a series of 15 short, episodic videos that demonstrate the basics when working with SQL Azure.  The videos begin with walkthroughs of working with SQL Azure and user data to more technical aspects such as migrating from Microsoft Access or SQL Server.  ·         ...
  • Blog Post: SQL Azure Improvements Announced

    Also news from TechEd this week included a May 2011 service update to SQL Azure with four key improvements : SQL Azure Management REST API – a web API for managing SQL Azure servers. Multiple servers per subscription – create multiple SQL Azure servers per subscription. JDBC Driver – updated driver for...
  • Blog Post: SQL Azure Federations-Product Evaluation Program

    As most of  you know the maximum size of a SQL Azure database is currently set at 50 GB.  This is primarily to allow us to recreate a problematic database instance from one of the other two replicas that we maintain under the covers for fault-tolerance.  Although this limit might be relaxed...
  • Blog Post: SQL Azure Diagnostics Tool

    Want to learn more about your implementation of SQL Azure?  This tool can help you troubleshoot problems and determine performance bottlenecks. Information available via the tool include: Database size and TempDB status, CPU times and query performance, logical and physical I/Os, and missing or...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server & SQL Azure-Migration Assistant

      SQL Server Migration Assistant 5.0 is now available. It can be used to simplify the automation of migrating of Oracle, Sybase, MySQL and Microsoft Access databases to SQL server and/or SQL Azure. For more details see the SQL Server Team blog here .
  • Blog Post: Publishing a LightSwitch Application to Windows Azure

    Want to know how to publish a LightSwitch Application to the Azure Cloud? Visual Studio LightSwitch Beta 2 can be used to publish your app directly to Windows Azure with storage in SQL Azure. This blog post condenses many steps one would typically have to go through to deploy an application to the cloud...
  • Blog Post: NoSQL and Windows Azure–Choices, Options and Strategies

    Andrew J. Brust from Blue Badge Insights, Inc. has just published an outstandingly detailed paper on NoSQL and the features of Windows Azure that are NoSQL in nature or that are NoSQL-like. Starting with a discussion of NoSQL in general and the types of NoSQL databases (Key-Value Stores, Document Stores...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Migration Scanner (WAMS) FAQ

    As I discussed in a previous blog post we have published the Windows Azure Migration Scanner (WAMS) on CodePlex at http://wams.codeplex.com . This is a joint effort between Microsoft’s internal Windows Azure enthusiasts and the Windows Azure MVP community.     WAMS allows you to scan a collection...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Migration Scanner (WAMS) - Help Converting Applications to Windows Azure

    A rules-based Windows Azure Migration Scanner (WAMS) prototype has been developed by Microsoft’s Hanu Kommalapati and enhanced by David Pallmann, Windows Azure MVP from Neudesic.   You can think of WAMS as sort of an FXCop for Azure that will analyze an existing codebase to determine if there are...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure and SQL Azure Use Cases

    Those of you who know me know that I am very interested in helping you take advantage of applications and design patterns that fit the cloud (See this blog post .) Buck Woody has recently published an on-going series of Windows Azure and SQL Azure Use Cases that you may find helpful. Here are some of...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server Data-tier Application Framework Eases Database Management

    The Data-tier Application Framework (DAC Fx)  is a set of tools, API’s and services designed to dramatically simplify the development, deployment and management of SQL Server and SQL Azure database schemas. DAC Fx was introduced in SQL Server 2008 R2 as part of an improvement category known as ...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone 7 / Windows Azure – How-to Video

    Last month we posted about Wade Wegner’s Windows Phone 7 / Windows Azure Toolkit in our blog post: Windows Phone 7 and Windows Azure – Perfect Together .  This toolkit adds templates into visual studio that allow you to generate a Windows Phone 7 app with a SQL Azure cloud based database. ...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft SQL Azure Federations Product Evaluation Program

    What are SQL Azure Federations? Federations are objects that allow scaling-out of data for building data tier applications with unlimited scalability and best price-performance.  For more details on Federations in SQL Azure, please check this TechNet article .     Sharding provides: Unlimited...
  • Blog Post: Database Import and Export for SQL Azure

    SQL Azure database users have a simpler way to archive SQL Azure and SQL Server databases, or to migrate on-premises SQL Server databases to SQL Azure . Import and export services through the Data-tier Application (DAC) framework make archival and migration much easier. The import and export features...
  • Blog Post: Feeling constrained by the 50GB SQL Azure Limit? Try Sharding

    Database Sharding is a way to partition multiple SQL Azure databases to get around the 50GB maximum database size limit.  Using this technique you can implement a scale-out network of SQL Server databases that can handle massive capacity requirements. Michael Heydt from Sungard has produced an outstanding...
  • Blog Post: Choosing between SQL Server, SQL Azure, SharePoint and Access

                   Microsoft provides a rich set of database technologies that can be use to implement on-premise and cloud based products and services.  The question of which tool to use for a given scenario often comes up. This well thought-out...
  • Blog Post: Cloud Power on Ignition Showcase

    For those ISVs that want to come up to speed quickly on Microsoft’s Cloud initiatives, here is a summary of the Cloud related posts that have appeared in the Ignition Showcase blog recently.  The posts are categorized by: General Cloud Public Cloud Private Cloud 1. General Cloud An ISV in the Age...
  • Blog Post: Applied Architecture Patterns on the Microsoft Platform Reviewed

    I just finished reading an excellent book:  Applied Architecture Patterns on the Microsoft Platform by Seroter, Fairweather, Thomas, Sexton and Ramani. (PACKT Publishing 2010.)  IMHO this is a book that all ISVs and other developers basing their solutions on Microsoft technology should read...
  • Blog Post: SQL Azure Raises the Cloud Database Bar

    In my last post I talked data storage options for cloud applications including SQL Azure.    SQL Azure takes the power of SQL Server to the cloud allowing you to leverage relational data as you do today. See what is being said about SQL Azure and how it fits into the cloud in this Forrester...
  • Blog Post: Have Data, Will Store in Azure. But Where and How?

    Data is the most important asset in most software applications built today.  This holds turn for consumer and corporate applications of all types.  There are also many options regarding where to store the data and how it will be persisted.   Some of these storage options include local...
  • Blog Post: Design Patterns, Anti-Patterns and Windows Azure

    It has been my experience that lots of things are possible and can be done in Windows Azure, however some things are relatively easy, some are doable with difficulty and some are normally to be avoided.  There is starting to be a lot of good guidance in how to do things with the platform as well...
  • Blog Post: Azure MVP Updates Design Patterns Resource

    David Pallmann was the first Windows Azure MVP awardee. He has just updated his Azure Design Patterns web site after a major overhaul. A design pattern is a reusable solution in software design. Design patterns are not invented, but rather discovered by usage in many successful application implementations...
  • Blog Post: Overwhelmed by the Amount of Information on Windows Azure?

    Are you overwhelmed by the amount of Information out there on Windows Azure and looking for a roadmap to get you to the most important information that you need to move your application to Windows Azure? This Windows Azure Development Guidance Map can help. If you’re a Windows Azure developer...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Platform Introductory Special Extended to March 31, 2011

    This promotional offer enables you to try a limited amount of the Windows Azure platform at no charge . The subscription includes a base level of monthly compute hours, storage, data transfers, a SQL Azure database, Access Control transactions and Service Bus connections at no charge. Please...
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