In the November 2013 issue of the Windows Azure Insider column for MSDN Magazine, Bruno and I talk about the different techniques and technical requirements that you should keep in mind when migrating SQL Server databases from on-premises to the cloud, providing guidance for Virtual Machine specifications and tools.
The article can be found here: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/dn463783.aspx
For the September edition of the Windows Azure Insider MSDN magazine column, Bruno and I write about Big Data, the benefits of the MapReduce model, and HDInsight, the Windows Azure component that offers Hadoop-as-a-Service in the public cloud. We also show how to perform simple analytics against a public dataset using Java code and and Hive.
The full article can be found here.
This month, for the MSDN Magazine Windows Azure Insider column, Bruno and I follow up on the topic of creating multi-tenant solutions in the cloud, particularly focusing on metering and auto-scaling, which are crucial tasks for properly maintaining applications that serve multiple resources sharing compute and storage resource. The full article can be found here:
One of the biggest challenges that companies face when migrating applications to Windows Azure is going from a single to a multi-tenant approach, which means that some of the compute and data resources are shared by their customers. We take a look at four different areas affected by this process:
- Identity and security
- Data isolation and segregation
- Metering and performance analytics
- Scaling up and down while maintaining SLAs
Since these topics encompass multiple concepts, we will cover the first two in the article for June 2013, which can be found here:
We will continue with the last two in July 2013.
PowerPoint presentations used last April, during the Global Windows Azure Bootcamp in Denver, CO USA, can now be downloaded from this Skydrive location.
The following files are included:
- GWAB Denver Intro.
- Windows Azure Platform overview.
- Windows Azure Compute overview.
- Windows Azure Storage overview.
- Windows Azure Messaging overview.
- Windows Azure Virtual Machines and Virtual Networks overview.
For the May 2013 edition of the MSDN magazine Windows Azure Insider column, Bruno and I cover a common scenario that developers and companies face when trying to distribute video files around the world: protecting content from being accessed in specific countries. The solution is based on a Node.js server running on Windows Azure Web Sites, which can be scaled as more traffic is detected. The information that correlates originating IP addresses and world countries is stored in MongoDB, and hosted by MongoLab as-a-Service. Finally, Windows Azure Storage tables are used to save restrictions and logs. This is a good example of combining multiple frameworks to achieve highly-scalable solutions in the cloud that solve day-to-day problems.
The full article can be found here.
Your comments and feedback are appreciated. Enjoy!
The April 2013 version of the Windows Azure Training Kit is now available for download. You can find it here:
• New Presentation: Windows Azure Mobile Services and Android
• New Lab: Windows Azure Mobile Services and Android
• New Lab: Windows Azure Mobile Services and Windows Phone
• New Presentation: Introduction to Windows Azure HDInsight Service (Hadoop)
• New Lab: Introduction to Windows Azure HDInsight (Hadoop)
• Updated ITPro Content + Agenda
• Updated Presentations for new feature support Windows Azure Overview, Windows Azure Web Sites, Windows Azure Virtual Machines & Windows Azure Mobile Services.