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  • MSDN Roadshows

    Rock, Paper, Azure Deep Dive: Part 2

    In part 1 , I detailed some of the specifics in getting the Rock, Paper, Azure (RPA) up and running in Windows Azure.   In this post, I’ll start detailing some of the other considerations in the project – in many ways, this was a very real migration...
  • Jim O'Neil - Technology Evangelist

    Couchbase on Azure: A Tour of New Windows Azure Features

    With the recent announcements of new capabilities in Windows Azure, particularly the support of a persistent Virtual Machine instance, a multitude of opportunities emerges to host just about anything that will run on Windows or Linux (yes, Linux!) inside...
  • US ISV Evangelism

    Windows Azure Security Best Practices – Part 7: Tips, Tools, Coding Best Practices


    imageWhile 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
      • If you can, run in partial trust
    • Error handling
      • How to implement your retry logic
      • Logging errors in Windows Azure
    • Access to Azure Storage
      • Access to Blobs
      • Storing your connection string
      • Gatekeepers patterns
      • Rotating your storage keys
      • Crypto services for your data security
  • Jim O'Neil - Technology Evangelist

    Azure@home Part 8: Worker Role and Azure Diagnostics

    This post is part of a series diving into the implementation of the @home With Windows Azure project, which formed the basis of a webcast series by Developer Evangelists Brian Hitney and Jim O’Neil.  Be sure to read the introductory post for the...
  • JrzyShr Dev Guy

    Node.js on Windows & Windows Azure at Node.Philly

    On April 23rd, 2012, I had the privilege of speaking at the first Node.Philly event in Philadelphia.  It was a fantastic event and I enjoyed meeting lots of folks who are excited about Node and building solutions with it today!  While this was...
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    APIMASH Quakes & Astronomy

    A bit overdue, but I just realized I never really announced the APIMASH project we’ve been working on.  It’s up on github .   The purpose of the project is to illustrate how to go about constructing a mashup application from a variety of...
  • US ISV Evangelism

    Windows Azure Security Best Practices -- Part 2: What Azure Provides Out-of-the-Box


    image[5]In Windows Azure Security Best Practices -- Part 1: The Challenges, Defense in Depth, I described the threat landscape and introduces the plan for your application to employ defense in depth.

    In this part, I explain that security with Windows Azure is a shared responsibility, and Windows Azure provides your application with security features than you may have employed in your on premises application. But then, it also exposes other vulnerabilities that you should consider. And in the end, you should be proactive in your application development to secure your application.

    This section is meant to provide an overview of what Windows Azure provides. For more in depth information, see Global Foundation Services Online Security. The Global Foundation Services team delivers trustworthy, available online services that create a competitive advantage for you and for Microsoft’s Windows Azure.

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    SQL Azure Pricing Changes

    SQL Azure just got some better pricing!  Here are the details: Database Size Price Per Database Per Month 0 to 100 MB Flat $4.995 Greater than 100 MB to 1 GB Flat $9.99 Greater than 1 GB to 10 GB $9.99 for first GB, $3.996 for each additional GB...
  • Jim O'Neil - Technology Evangelist

    500 and Other Errors in Azure Deployments

    So you’ve been working feverishly on your Windows Azure application, all your testing and debugging in the Windows Azure development fabric (aka Windows Azure Emulator) is complete, life is good! You deploy your application to your Windows Azure...
  • Jim O'Neil - Technology Evangelist

    Troubleshooting Endpoints on a WCF Web Role

    Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been working on enhancing a Windows Azure example application from our recent TechJam event series . I’m planning to post that code soon (and dedicate a few blogs posts to it), but there was one aspect of the application...
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