Quote of the Day: On Internet Comments

Congress should pass a law restricting public comment on the Internet to individuals who have spent a minimum of one hour actually accomplishing a specific task while on line. – Andy Grove


iPad Update and Answering Ray Ozzie

This is an odd post – I’ll say that from the outset. It really combines two topics, and both have to do with the cloud, at least a little.   Some time ago I posted that I bought an iPad to demonstrate a cloud application. True, anything that runs a web browser is “cloud-ready” –…


Quote of the Day – What sounds good isn’t always

“Much of the social history of the Western world over the past three decades has involved replacing what worked with what sounded good.” – Thomas Sowell


Windows Azure Components

In a previous post I explained an overview of the storage options you have for Windows Azure. I’d like to pull back a bit today – because Windows Azure is often used as a single term, you might not be aware it actually is composed of three components. These components work together, but can also…


What Role for IT Infrastructure in a Cloud Environment?

Most companies I deal with are seriously considering a cloud strategy. When you evaluate the benefits of a platform as a service, it makes sense to do that. But some of the folks I talk to are those who buy, build, configure and administer systems like file servers, mail servers, and database servers. They often…


Which Cloud Are You Talking About?

In the early days of computing, IT delivered computing using huge mainframes, accepting input from users, crunching the numbers and returning results to a very thin client – just a green-screen terminal. PC’s came into the mix, allowing users a local experience with graphical interfaces and even other larger PC’s as “servers”. And now comes…


Quote of the Day: On New Challenges

“I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.” Pablo Picasso


Which Azure Cloud Storage Model Should I Choose for my Application?

Most applications have four parts – input, computation, storage and output.  I’ll write about all of these over time, but today I want to focus on how to choose the storage part of the equation. This won’t be a full tutorial, full of detail and all that, but I will put forth some “rules of…