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  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Performance: Best Practices

    This topic, Best Practices for Performance in Windows Azure Applications , appeared with the recent Windows Azure Spring 2012 refresh. It's focussed on design issues that affect performance. A related topic that was published at the same time, Troubleshooting in Windows Azure , discusses the run-time...
  • Blog Post: Versioning SQL Azure Schemas by Using Federations

    This topic is now published on the MSDN Library at Versioning SQL Azure Schemas by Using Federations . The bottom-line idea of the topic is that because SQL Azure Federation members can have different database schemas, therefore you can use this in order to upgrade your schema incrementally. This...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Prescriptive Guidance Released

    A virtual team of us released this last Friday. It provides you with "best practices and recomendations for working with the Windows Azure platform". So if you find yourself overwhelmed and intimidated by "The Cloud", this is a really good place to go to get specific recomendations and "best practices...
  • Blog Post: More on the CAT Team's SQL Azure Dropped Connections Framework

    In my preceding post I talked about the Windows Azure Customer Advisory Team ("CAT")'s framework for handling transient connections in SQL Azure client connections. This framework has 3 components to it: a classification scheme for connection exceptions that tells you which ones are worth trying...
  • Blog Post: Transient Connections in Windows Azure: Useful Resources

    This is a collection of resources I have encountered while researching the problem of intermittent connections in Windows Azure. I will be writing about how these affect not just Entity Framework, but Windows Azure more generally. "Transient connections" is a polite way of saying "dropped connections...
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