Windows Azure Virtual Machines – Make Sure You Follow the Documentation

To create a Windows Azure Infrastructure-as-a-Service Virtual Machine you have several options. You can simply select an image from a “Gallery” which includes Windows or Linux operating systems, or even a Windows Server with pre-installed software like SQL Server. One of the advantages to Windows Azure Virtual Machines is that it is stored in a…

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Stand-Up Desk 2012 Update

One of the more popular topics here on my technical blog doesn’t have to do with technology, per-se – it’s about the choice I made to go to a stand-up desk work environment. If you’re interested in the history of those, check here: Stand-Up Desk Part One Stand-Up Desk Part Two I have made some…

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Developing a Support Plan for Cloud Applications

Last week I blogged about developing a High-Availability plan. The specifics of a given plan aren’t as simple as “Step 1, then Step 2” because in a hybrid environment (which most of us have) the situation changes the requirements. There are those that look for simple “template” solutions, but unless you settle on a single…

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High Availability for IaaS, PaaS and SaaS in the Cloud

Outages, natural disasters and unforeseen events have proved that even in a distributed architecture, you need to plan for High Availability (HA). In this entry I’ll explain a few considerations for HA within Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). In a separate post I’ll talk more about Disaster Recovery (DR), since each paradigm has…

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