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Microsoft is reorganizing, a business it’s likely to be at for at least the next year before it or anyone else knows if it’s working although the scheme has immediately garnered a Doubting Thomas or two dubious that the restructuring will help Microsoft create more popular, saleable pr...
This month, we’ll be releasing a new article series that highlights the Best of TechEd announcements and technical information for IT Pros. Today’s article focuses on a new, much-heralded enhancement to Windows Azure Infrastructure Services to make it more cost-effective for spinning ...
Oracle and Microsoft, historically so-called “frenemies,” partnered Monday out of necessity so they won’t be dismissed as doddering old codgers compared to the cheaper cloud newcomers like Amazon that they’re both competing against these days.
    Folks, If you have been to any of my live presentations, recently, you have probably hear m get super jazzed about Windows Azure Infrastructure as a Service. I truly think this is the future of infrastructure for all businesses. I envision a world where new businesses sta...
In the last 12 months annual revenues for Azure have topped a billion dollars according to Curt Anderson, CFO of Microsoft’s Server and Tools unit where Azure is housed. It’s the first time the Microsoft cloud has hit this storied height and suddenly people are talking about it b...

Today, Windows Azure Infrastructure Services (IaaS), including Virtual Machines and Virtual Networking, has reached general availability. These new services make it possible for you to move your applications into the cl...

This may have flown under your radar, but several weeks ago we (that’s the royal Microsoft WE) launched a new hub for Windows Azure on Channel 9. This hub serves as an index and entry point for all video content related to Windows Azure. Since the launch we have already made progress o...
"Building a media solution that encodes and streams video to various devices and clients is a complex task," blogged Microsoft's Scott Guthrie this week. "It requires hardware and software that has to be connected, configured, and maintained. Windows Azure Media Services makes this pro...
The article I’m writing for part 13 our “31 Days of Servers in the Cloud” series involves using App Controller to create a virtual machine. But to do this, you first need to connect and associate App Controller (a component of System Center 2012) with your Windows Azure subscription. ...
A key component for the enterprise IT team to consider as part of planning their Private Cloud strategy is the migration to Windows 8. This is a massive evolution for Microsoft, nicely captured in this white paper from CSC and the Leading Edge forum: Windows 8 – A New Era for Mic...

Today I’m excited to share that the Windows Azure Mobile Services public preview is now available. This preview provides a turnkey backend cloud solution designed to accelerate connected client ...

In this release of the training kit we have delivered 41 HOLs covering a wide variety of bug fixes and screen shot updates for Visual Studio 2012. We now have 35 Presentations with new content surrounding Windows Azure SQL Database, SQL Federation, Repo...

When Ray Ozzie announced Windows Azure back in 2008 at the PDC, he called Windows Azure as the Cloud OS. Since then many Microsoft spokespersons referred to Windows Azure as the Cloud OS. But it sounded more of a marketing jargon than a true Cloud OS as Windows Azure only exposed an ab...

As the name implies, what we’re talking about here is the explosion of electronic data that comes from huge volumes of transactions, devices, and sensors being captured by businesses today. This data often comes in unstructured formats and/or too fast for us to effectively process i...

One of the most attractive ways to use a cloud platform is for parallel processing. Commonly known as high-performance computing (HPC), this approach relies on executing code on many machines at the same time. On Windows Azure, this means running many role instances simulta...

A while back, mashups were all the rage. The idea was to compose solutions that provided aggregation and integration across applications and services to make information more available, useful, and personal. Mashups ushered in the era of Web 2.0 in all it’s socially connect...

The cloud was tailor built for aspiring companies to create innovative internet based applications and solutions. Whether you’re a garage startup with very little capital or a Fortune 1000 company, the ability to quickly setup, deliver, and iterate on new products is key to capturin...

The Cloud comes in many flavors, types and shapes and the terminology can be daunting. You’ve got Public vs. Private. vs. Home grown. You’ve got compute, storage and database not to mention identity, caching, service bus and many more. Then there are the several players including Micro...
The Cloud comes in many flavors, types and shapes and the terminology can be daunting. You’ve got Public vs. Private. vs. Home grown. You’ve got compute, storage and database not to mention identity, caching, service bus and many more. Then there are the several players including Micro...
You may start hearing voices from Microsoft Azure. Do not send for an exorcist. The new strategic alliance between Twilio and Microsoft make this possible by aligning Twilio's Cloud-based telephony (voice and messaging services) with Microsoft Azure Cloud.
We’ve just published our first main ‘Solution Guide’, a complete snapshot of how Cloud is applied in one specific area, in this case the Microsoft portfolio. MicrosoftCloud.biz is intended as a channel marketing tool to envelop all aspects of the Microsoft Cloud suppl...

“MediaValet Thrives on Microsoft’s Cloud Platform” is the title of this press release.  It’s grea...

In this article we’ll describe the Windows Azure monitor written in C#. Windows Azure has a set of different services, but we’ll limit our article to only those services that we use for capturing performance counters. If you’re new to Windows Azure and want more information you can vis...
All systems require a degree of monitoring. We monitor on premise installations for usage, performance, outages, tracing, and for a multitude of other reasons. Services which are deployed on premise operate in a controlled environment. The organisation’s IT team is very much aware of w...
In this article we will focus on the advantages and disadvantages of using that design — compared to an on-premises solution. Let’s first look at the advantages of using Windows Azure: Per-use pricing - As with other cloud services, Windows Azure charges the subscriber on per use...
Windows Azure is a cloud-based service offered by Microsoft. It is considered a platform-as-a-service (PaaS) solution, since it allows developers to design, produce, and deploy their applications entirely in the cloud — using the servers and operating systems of the provider.
An alphabetical selection of some of the many themes & topics to be discussed at Cloud Expo Silicon Valley (9th Cloud Expo) - being held November 7-10, 2011, at the Santa Clara Convention Center, CA. The markets may still be melting, but Cloud Expo is definitely coming of age!
Three of the most important words when it comes to enterprise IT & Cloud Computing are storage, storage, and storage. Microsoft Architect Evangelist Bring Prince will tackle this subject during his Cloud Expo session, entitled "Leveraging Cloud Storage for Massive Scale." "Many o...
PHP being one of the popular languages for web application development, release of PHP Azure SDK has opened up a new possibility for PHP developers. While PHP on Azure is an obvious choice to consider for new application development, it is even possible to migrate existing PHP-MySQL a...
I'm returning to the US this week after spending more than a year in Asia. I'm pessimistic about many things, as I recently explained in a separate article. But let's talk about the rays of light in today's grim global greyness. Let's talk about Cloud Expo. I don't know much, but...
This article focuses on the need for inclusive development in India with Accessible -Affordable -Interactive crowdsourcing platform for Agriculturists and consumers. This would enable National Mission for Sustainable Agriculture with convergence and integration of traditional knowledge...
All in all this is a good book to get introduced to Microsoft SQL Azure. This book starts out with an introduction to cloud computing and the Azure Services Platform. It cover the current state of the Cloud leaders and does a nice summary comparison to show the strengths of each. It c...
With Java EE being a major platform on enterprise, a good PaaS platform like vFabric is very exciting. This gives lot of choices for existing Java EE based applications to move to the Cloud. The comparison with Windows Azure is done only for the new Cloud applications or...
The book is intended to give you enough information to decide whether or not further movement toward the cloud is something you want to do, and it does that perfectly. The book is a nice concise overview of Microsoft Azure. I have not had any clients express interested in the cloud ye...
Delegates, speakers, sponsors and exhibitors will be traveling from all over the world to New York this coming June 6-9 to attend 8th International Cloud Expo in New York City, co-located at the Jacob Javits Convention Center with 11th Virtualization Conference & Expo. Here is an ea...
To understand Windows Azure and the Azure Services Platform, it’s necessary to understand how the Microsoft Datacenters work. In this article I will provide an overview of how Microsoft Designs their Datacenters and what is so revolutionary about the Generation 4 Datacenters. Microsof...
The main integration barrier lies in cross-company business integration due to the lack of secure communication models. Medium and large organizations that do business with one another and need to exchange information about individuals' identities (for example, an airline and a renta...
So you deployed your brand-new ASP.NET web application to Azure cloud. All seems to be working perfectly until a user tried to upload large amount of data (approx. over 30MB) through your application UI. Unfortunately the operation failed. Surprisingly small file uploads works just fin...
In this blog David Chou provides an excellent synopsis of the core mechanics and fundamental value of Cloud computing. He focuses on Microsoft Azure naturally, and so does this other recent white paper. Business elasticity – As a service In a nutshell these articles describe that...
Microsoft replaced Bob Muglia, president of its $14.9 billion-a-year Tools and Server Division, who Steve Ballmer fired recently, by moving the engineer-in-chief of its wimpy Online Service Division, Satya Nadella, 43, into the job. That also makes him head of the company’s cloud. ...