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  • US DPE Azure Connection

    Building for Cost Part 2

    In the last post , we looked at ways to separate content using different pieces of Windows Azure for the benefit of creating a more cost-effective solution using Windows Azure Web Sites (WAWS) and Windows Azure Storage for storing images and other binary...
  • US DPE Azure Connection

    RPA Game History Available

    You spoke, we listened.   Rock, Paper, Azure is going well, but one thing we’ve heard from many people is that they would like a history of their games.   The main reason for this is the “attack and retreat” approach  some people...
  • US DPE Azure Connection

    Windows Azure Dev Camp Fall 2011 Series – Content & Links

    Thanks to everyone who attended the Fall 2011 Series of Windows Azure Dev Camp events on the US east coast! The US Cloud team enjoyed traveling to Raleigh, Farmington, NYC, Philly, & Chevy Chase to visit folks and deliver this fun tour of cloud computing...
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    Getting Acquainted with NoSQL on Windows Azure


    imageNoSQL databases are often employed in public, massively scaled Web site scenarios, where fast fetching of relatively simple data sets matters most.

    NoSQL provide some or all of the following features:

    • Key-value stores.
    • Document stores.
    • Wide column stores.
    • Graph databases.

    This post describes the main features of NoSQL, provides some general guidance on when to use NoSQL, and how you can get started using NoSQL on Windows Azure. I’ll go in depth on how you can use MongoDB and sones GraphDB in your Azure application, and explain how you can get started with those technologies. I’ll also explain how two Azure offerings fit some NoSQL traits.

  • US DPE Azure Connection

    Scrubbing UserId in Windows Azure Mobile Services

    First, many thanks to Chris Risner for the assistance on this solution!   Chris is part of the corp DPE team and has does an extensive amount of work with Windows Azure Mobile Services (WAMS) – including this session at //build , which was a...
  • US DPE Azure Connection

    Best Practice for Sending Windows 8 Tiles from Mobile Services

    Those that know me know I am not a fan of javascript, in pretty much all of its forms (including node.js), however, I’m really digging Windows Azure Mobile Services (WAMS).  WAMS allows you to easily provide a back end to applications for storing...
  • US DPE Azure Connection

    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 DPE Azure Connection

    Distributed Cache in Azure: Part III

    It has been awhile since my last post on this … but here is the completed project – just in time for distributed cache in the Azure AppFabric!  : )  In all seriousness, even with the AppFabric Cache, this is still a nice viable solution for...
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    CloudTip #14-How do I get SQL Profiler info from SQL Azure?

    Your application is running slow. You need to find out what’s going on. If you’ve used SQL Profiler on a local database you might be familiar with how you can capture a trace of database activity and use it to figure out where your resources are going...
  • US DPE Azure Connection

    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...
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