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  • Blog Post: HIPAA Business Associate Agreement (BAA) Available for Windows Azure

    The Windows Azure team has announced that Windows Azure now enables HIPPA compliance. Microsoft now offers a HIPAA BAA to our EA (Enterprise Agreement/volume licensing) customers and partners in the health industry. The announcement was made on the Windows Azure team blog post Security, Privacy &...
  • Blog Post: Top 30 Must See Videos, Demonstrations For Developers That Highlight TechEd

    TechEd is Microsoft's premier technology conference for IT professionals and developers, offering the most comprehensive technical education across Microsoft's current and soon-to-be- released suite of products, solutions, tools, and services. This June we celebrate the 20th annual TechEd North America...
  • Blog Post: Setting Configuration to Get Your Windows Azure Diagnostics

    Windows Azure Diagnostics enables you to collect diagnostic data from an application running in Windows Azure . You can use diagnostic data for debugging and troubleshooting, measuring performance, monitoring resource usage, traffic analysis and capacity planning, and auditing. After the diagnostic data...
  • Blog Post: New Windows Azure Datacenters Options in US Announced

    The Windows Azure team today announced new data center options based in the United States. The announcement was made at Announcing New Datacenter Options for Windows Azure . Datacenter options of “West US” and “East US” are now offered for compute and storage. SQL Azure will...
  • Blog Post: Getting Acquainted with NoSQL on Windows Azure

    NoSQL databases are often employed in public, massively scaled Web site scenarios, where fast fetching of relatively simple data sets matters most. Relational databases get the nod for transactional, atomic writes, indexing of non-key columns, query optimizers, and declarative, set-oriented query...
  • Blog Post: Up-to-Date Information on Windows Azure Now Available in New USCloud Blog

    My colleagues are now pooling their blogs into single feed to provide up-to-date news for readers interested in the latest in cloud. US Cloud Connection site is now live with has added the ability to aggregate the Azure-related blog posts. My colleagues will provide details on the latest offerings and...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Security Best Practices – Part 7: Tips, Tools, Coding Best Practices

    While writing the series of posts, I kept running into more best practices. So here are a few more items you should consider in securing your Windows Azure application. Here are some tools, coding tips, and best practices: Running on the Operating System Getting the latest security patches...
  • Blog Post: MSDN Article: Building a Massively Scalable Platform for Consumer Devices on Windows Azure

    Excellent article shows how you can use web services hosted in Windows Azure and have it communicate across various devices, such as Windows Phone, iPhone, and Android. And have that service scale to terabytes in size. My colleagues Bruno Terkaly and Ricardo Villalobos wrote the article for MSDN magazine...
  • Blog Post: How to Choose Between Windows Azure Queues, Windows Azure Service Bus Queues

    One of the key patterns in building scalable applications is queues. Let’s say you have a Website or Web Service (in your Web Role) that responds quickly to a user request, but there’s another process that takes longer. It might be a long data base inquiry or video encoding or extensive calculation...
  • Blog Post: ISV Video: Whitewater Backup to the Cloud on Windows Azure Storage

    Whitewater from Riverbed automates backup for enterprises into Windows Azure. Azure Architect Evangelist Allan Naim talks with Riverbed Marketing Director Bob Gilbert about Riverbed's decision to support Windows Azure for their Whitewater backup appliance. ISV Video: Whitewater Backup to the Cloud...
  • Blog Post: ISV Case Study: Cloud Storage Gateway Provides Backup into Windows Azure

    Whitewater automates enterprise backup to the cloud. The product from Riverbed is a gateway that combines data de-duplication, network optimization, data encryption, and integration with Windows Azure storage services through a single, virtual, or physical appliance. No longer do enterprises need...
  • Blog Post: ISV Case Study: Security-Enhanced, Cost-Effective Hybrid Storage with Windows Azure Storage

    Enterprises need cost-effective primary storage for a SharePoint, Fileservers, and Virtual machines. And they are turning to a combination on premises storage solutions with Windows Azure storage. StorSimple ’s appliance dramatically reduces storage and maintenance costs while helping organizations...
  • Blog Post: New December Windows Azure Developer Training Tools, Kits Shows How to Get Started

    The new Windows Azure tools and training kit includes a comprehensive set of technical content to help you learn how to use Windows Azure. The kits support multiple languages and environments such as .Net, Node.js, Java, PHP, and others. Developer Tools The new Azure site that launched this...
  • Blog Post: ScottGu to Keynote ‘Learn Windows Azure’ Live Event Tuesday

    Join us LIVE from the Microsoft Redmond Campus to learn how to get started building applications for the cloud from Microsoft technical leaders Scott Guthrie, Dave Campbell, and Mark Russinovich. The entire event is being streamed live by Channel 9. The event begins at 9 am Pacific (noon Eastern)...
  • Blog Post: ISV Video: Social Media Goes Mobile with Glassboard on Azure

    You can now share your private data with groups of your friends, coworkers, and those outside your work organization courtesy of a new free product, Glassboard , from social media company Sepia Labs . Users can connect with each other's Windows Phone , Android, or iPhone. Soon users can connect from...
  • Blog Post: Learn Cloud in Free Two-Day Azure Developer Training, Hands-On Labs in Silicon Valley, CA

    At Azure DevCamps , you’ll learn what’s new in developing cloud solutions using Windows Azure. And then you’ll participate in hands-on labs. Azure DevCamp will be held in Silicon Valley, CA October 28-29. Register for Azure DevCamp . Windows Azure is an internet-scale cloud computing...
  • Blog Post: Geo-Replication of Windows Azure Storage

    Microsoft now provides geo-replication of all Windows Azure Blob and Table data between two data centers. Geo-replication replicates your Windows Azure Blob and Table data between two locations that are hundreds of miles apart and within the same region (i.e., between North Central and South Central...
  • Blog Post: White Paper Series Helps You Get a Start on Windows Azure Pricing

    The Windows Azure Platform Pricing Calculator is designed to help application developers get a rough initial estimate of their Windows Azure usage costs. But where to start? What sort of numbers do you plug in? A series of white papers from MSDEV helps give you a starting point for figuring it all...
  • Blog Post: Bind Windows Azure Storage Data Using Java Persistence API

    jpa4azure is an ORM (Object Relational Mapper) that binds java objects to Azure Tables, making it very easy for Java developers to leverage Windows Azure Storage from on-premise or cloud applications. Any intermediate Java developer can take an object model and with some simple annotations be on their...
  • Blog Post: Add Metrics, Logging, Leasing to Your Windows Azure Storage

    Steve Marx , Microsoft Technical Strategist for Windows Azure, has put together a set of source code and example that shows how you can add support the new storage analytics API. It uses smarx.WazStorageExtensions, a collection of useful extension methods for Windows Azure storage operations that...
  • Blog Post: Dive Into the Cloud with Getting Started, In Depth Tutorial on Windows Azure Site

    A new set of tutorial shows you how to get started with Windows Azure . The tutorial begin with explaining how to get the latest tools and how to deploy your first sample application, build an application with ASP.NET MVC, and how to build a code first data application with SQL Azure. Sections show...
  • Blog Post: Updated Developer Training Kit Integrates SharePoint, Azure, SQL Azure

    The developer training kit that show you how to combine the power of both SharePoint 2010 and Windows Azure has been updated. SharePoint 2010 provides many ways to integrate with Windows Azure. From simple SQL Azure data-centric applications to complex workflow that leverages custom Azure services...
  • Blog Post: Special $150 Rebate for SQL Azure Core in June

    Receive a $150 rebate when you sign up for one 10 GB Database in SQL Azure . This works out to $74.95 per month and is a one-time promotional offer that represents 25% off of our normal consumption rates. It requires a 6 month commitment beginning in June. Offer valid until June 30. How to take...
  • Blog Post: ISV Video: NewsGator Moves 3 Million Blog Posts Per Day on Windows Azure

    Through its Datawire service, NewsGator aggregates approximately 1.6 million content sources on an hourly basis. This service used to be housed in their own data center; NewsGator recently moved this service to Windows Azure. The VP of Mobile and Data Services, Walker Fenton, and Software Developer...
  • Blog Post: ISV Video: StorSimple Integrates On-Premises, Cloud Storage with Windows Azure

    ISV StorSimple provides a hybrid storage solution that combines on-premises storage with a scalable, on-demand cloud storage model. StorSimple integrates with several cloud storage providers, including Windows Azure. Dr Iam Howells, CMO for StorSimple, talks with Developer Evangelist Wes Yanaga about...
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