I’m back …

I just celebrated my second week back at Microsoft after having spent the last couple of years in the startup world.  My new gig is as a Cloud Solutions Architect on the SaaS 150 team.  We are tasked with helping key ISVs in the US transform their business and products to take advantage of Azure services.  I…


Another Availability Story

In our recently updated case study – https://aka.ms/sxp, we write about our great experiences with Windows Azure deployments and how confident we are in our ability to deploy updates quickly with no impact to our customers.  Since our services are powering parts of Microsoft.com and are receiving millions of requests per day, any downtime is highly…


Windows Azure Case Study

We just published an updated case study at:  https://aka.ms/sxp Using Windows Azure to Build and Expand Microsoft.com Social Media Capabilities The Social eXperience Platform (SXP), which is powered by Windows Azure® and SQL Azure®, has been providing Microsoft.com with social media features for over eighteen months. The Windows Azure platform has enabled SXP to grow…


Cloud Elasticity – A Real-World Example

Windows Azure is the cloud-based development platform that lets you build and run applications in the cloud, launch them in minutes instead of months and code in multiple languages or technologies including .NET, PHP, and Java.  One of the promises of Windows Azure and cloud computing in general is elasticity.  The ability to quickly and…


One Million Requests Today!

Today, April 11, SXP delivered 1,004,367 requests in a 24 hour period.  Our first Million Request Day!!! When we launched SXP just under a year ago, we had just under 25K requests per day.  Less than a year later, our peak load has grown by 40X.  Measured on an hourly basis, our peak load has grown 67X….


SXP – One year later

One year ago this month we launched our first Windows Azure platform-based web service, the Social eXperience Platform (SXP). The Windows Azure Platform had just launched, so we were entering uncharted territory. Looking back over the last 12 months, it has been a great experience and the Windows Azure platform has allowed us to realize…


SXP Video

Abe Ray and I filmed a video late last year and it released recently as part of the Cloud series on Microsoft IT Showcase – http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg521165.aspx  Our video is here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg575755.aspx We talk about the real-world lessons learned from running a high-volume web service on Windows Azure as part of Microsoft.com.  


Q1 SXP Availability

We implemented the Social eXperience Platform on Windows Azure and SQL Azure in April.  We just published our Q1 (fiscal year begins July 1) availability numbers and I think they show how amazing the Azure platform is. Our application is a stateless, RESTful web service that is used by several Microsoft.com web properties.  In designing the service, we…


Azure Case Study

We recently published a Windows Azure / SQL Azure case study on Microsoft IT Showcase.  This is based on the work we have done on the Social eXperience Platform. Case study is here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff973966.aspx  


SQL Azure Connection Retry Update

Based on several e-mail conversations, I’ve updated the retry code slightly and made a couple of improvements.  The code in the original post is updated and it’s also included in this post for RSS purposes.  We haven’t deployed this version to production yet, so I don’t have any real-world results to report. ChangesThe first change…