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  • Blog Post: SQL Azure Security Guidelines

    From the Microsoft Download Center, this document provides basic requirements for both server side as well as client-side settings to enable secure connectivity to Microsoft SQL Azure. Learn about best practices for administrating logins and adjusting to SQL Azure firewall and internal firewalls....
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 Beta Available in July 2010

    Microsoft announced Windows 7 Service Pack 1 Beta and Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 1 Beta would be available in July. We will keep you posted when updates on the release schedule are available. Also, Microsoft announced availability of SQL Azure 50GB offering, Silverlight PivotViewer and Bing Maps...
  • Blog Post: SQL Azure Best Practices

    The SQL Azure team has produced this video on best practices for using the SQL Azure cloud database. It walks you through the creation of a database and how to build an application that consumes it step-by-step. It also look at importing and exporting data, and reporting. Time is also spent...
  • Blog Post: Data Sync Service for SQL Azure

    The Microsoft Sync Framework team has just announced the public preview of our new Data Sync Service for SQL Azure . Some of you might have heard of our Project “ Huron ”. This is our vision of creating a Data Hub in the cloud to provide users with the ability to...
  • Blog Post: SQL Azure Quick Links

    This blog post is a work in progress that gives you easy links to SQL Azure resources. The SQL Azure team will be updating it frequently with current links and additional resources. Make sure to book mark it. Bill Zack Technorati Tags: SQL Azure
  • Blog Post: On-Line Clinic: Introduction to Microsoft SQL Azure

    This two-hour on-line SQL Azure clinic explores the capabilities of Microsoft SQL Azure . It covers: Understanding the SQL Azure Platform Designing Applications for SQL Azure Migrating Applications to SQL Azure Achieving Scale with SQL Azure Users completing this collection should...
  • Blog Post: SQL Azure: Frequently Asked Questions

    This paper provides an architectural overview of the SQL Azure Database, and describes how you can use SQL Azure to augment your existing on-premises data infrastructure or as your complete database solution. SQL Azure Database is a cloud based relational database service from Microsoft. SQL Azure...
  • Blog Post: CMO’s Toolkit: Harnessing Facebook Using Cloud Computing

    In this blog post by Jeff Barnes , he tells the story of the highly successful Outback Bloomin’ Onion Facebook campaign that was presented at the Cloud Computing Expo event held last week in NYC.  In the brave new world of Social Networking - one of the great dangers to avoid is ending-up on the...
  • Blog Post: Want to learn how to develop for Windows Azure?

    In this blog post I cover the training roadmap for the Windows Azure Platform . This training roadmap is based on internal work done by Fred Pace, Danny Garber and others at Microsoft. However all the material is publicly accessible. If you are wondering how to get started, this is the way. ...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Architecture Webcast Series

    We are putting on a series of architecture webcasts this month. Please tune in. March 25, 2010 at 1:00pm – 2:00pm EST Title: Extending Your Sites Reach with IE8 Add On Features Today's users are getting more sophisticated and they expect more features from the sites and services they use. In...
  • Blog Post: SQL Azure adds new and improved features

    One of the most requested features of SQL Azure has been the ability to move up and down between a Web or Business edition database. The latest SQL Azure Service Update now provides you greater flexibility. If you approach the upper limits of the Web edition database, you can easily upgrade with a...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Platform Free with MSDN Premium and BizSpark

    If you have an MSDN Premium or BizSpark subscription you should be aware that for the next 8 months you automatically have 750 Windows Azure Compute hours, 10GB of durable storage and 1,000,000 transactions per month absolutely free! You also have free allocations of AppFabric services (Service Bus...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure TCO/ROI Calculator Available Online & Offline

    A while back we told you about the Windows Azure TCO/ROI calculator designed to help you measure the potential savings of product development or migration to Windows Azure platform services. At the time the calculator was only available on-line. Now it is available off-line as well. You can download...
  • Blog Post: Creating PHP CRUD Apps with SQL Server on-premise or in the Azure Cloud

    The SQL CRUD Wizard for PHP is a sample .NET application that can be used to generate a simple "Create, Read, Update, Delete" PHP application from a Microsoft SQL Server database table. The generated PHP application supports paging, sorting and simple CSS customization. The project is open...
  • Blog Post: Migrating Applications to Windows Azure

    Now that Windows Azure is released, many of you will be evaluating Microsoft’s cloud platform for both new development projects as well as targeting the Azure Platform for migration of existing .NET applications. Bob Familiar recently took his music web site which was based on SQL Server 2005, ADO.NET...
  • Blog Post: Azure Lessons Learned: Outback Steakhouse Facebook Application

    Check out this Channel 9 Azure-focused episode with Jim Zimmerman , CTO of Thuzi where he talks about building their Facebook application for Outback Steakhouse that was hosted in Windows Azure.  http://channel9.msdn.com/posts/benriga/Azure-Lessons-Learned-Outback-Steakhouse-Facebook-App/ At the...
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