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  • Jim O'Neil - Technology Evangelist

    Practical Azure #7: SQL Database Federations

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    The cloud is all about scale, and when it comes to Windows Azure SQL Database you can have your ‘relational cake’ and eat it too. SQL Database Federations , an implementation of the sharding pattern, is the way to go not only for large data requirements...
  • Jim O'Neil - Technology Evangelist

    Practical Azure #9: Windows Azure Web Sites

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    One of the awesome things about Windows Azure is choice. When you deploy an application to the Microsoft cloud you can leverage one of three models, Virtual Machines (Infrastructure-as-a-Service), Cloud Services (Platform-as-a-Service) and Web Sites ...
  • Jim O'Neil - Technology Evangelist

    Practical Azure #11: Worker Roles

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    Web Roles and Worker Roles, they’re the yin and yang of high performing Windows Azure applications. I covered Windows Azure Web Roles in the last session of Practical Azure , and now it’s time to dive into its workhorse sibling: Worker Roles . Whereas...
  • JrzyShr Dev Guy

    Less Lincolns: Windows Azure Extra Small VM Now Only $0.02/hour!

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    Less than a month after significant price drops were announced for SQL Azure , yesterday the Windows Azure team lowered prices on compute & storage !  The price of hosting an application in an extra-small VM has dropped 50% from four Lincolns...
  • US ISV Evangelism

    Up-to-Date Information on Windows Azure Now Available in New USCloud Blog

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    clip_image001My 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 let you know about events across the US.

    Be sure to check out the contributions of Bruno Terkaly, Sanjay Jain, Zhiming Xue, Adam Hoffman, and myself.

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  • US ISV Evangelism

    SQL Azure Roadmap Simplifies Scale Out Needs with Bigger Data, SQL Azure Federation

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    sql-azure-logo-lgThe SQL Azure Q4 2011 Service Release will be available by end of 2011 and is aimed at simplifying elastic scale out needs. Announced at SQL PASS Summit 2011: Upcoming Increased Database Limits & SQL Azure Federation. Key features include:

    • The maximum database size for individual SQL Azure databases will be expanded 3x from 50 GB to 150 GB.
    • Federation. With SQL Azure Federation, databases can be elastically scaled out using the sharding database pattern based on database size and the application workload. This new feature will make it dramatically easier to set up sharding, automate the process of adding new shards, and provide significant new functionality for easily managing database shards.
    • New SQL Azure Management Portal capabilities.
    • And more.
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  • JrzyShr Dev Guy

    @home with Windows Azure : Can I Deploy Multiple Instances?

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    During the first week of March 2012, my teammates Brian Hitney , Jim O’Neil , and I announced the re-launch of the @home with Windows Azure project.  On March 15, we hosted a kick-off webcast providing an overview of the project.  I wanted to...
  • JrzyShr Dev Guy

    Windows Azure Tech Jam

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    This is the second of two sets of Windows Azure-related events hitting select cities on the US East Coast in Spring 2011.  The other is the Azure Deep Dive with Jeffrey Richter . Please join myself, Brian Hitney , and Jim O’Neil for the “Azure Tech...
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    Getting a Windows Azure account for Rock, Paper, Azure

    If you’re interested in getting a Windows Azure account to play in Rock, Paper, Azure (RPA), there are a few options available to you, from least painful to most painful (in my opinion, anyway): Method 1 – Windows Azure Pass The way most people are getting...
  • Jim O'Neil - Technology Evangelist

    Practical Azure #13: Windows Azure Queue Storage

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    Although Windows Azure Queues are part of the Windows Azure Storage trifecta (along with Blobs and Tables ), they play their primary role as a means of scaling processing in the cloud, by enabling Web Roles and Worker Roles to operate in a decoupled,...
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