Public Data Sources – finding them and using them

A quick post here on some valuable data sources you can use in your HDInsight, Microsoft Excel, SQL Server, APS, and other products to enrich your data. Sometimes it’s helpful just to peruse through various sources to see what you can put together to gain more insight and answers. If you know of other sources,…

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The Case for Moving From TPC to Database Throughput Units in Database Performance Comparisons

Scientific testing is based on controls, transparency, and repeatability. Whenever we as technical professionals want to test the performance of a database system, we search for a series of tests that show the system’s metrics against a standard. But the scientific basis for using the most common standard, the Transaction Performance Council (TPC) measurements (http://www.tpc.org/),…

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New Content for Microsoft Azure’s HDInsight for March 2014

New HDInsight Content released in March: Avro SDK  – http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn469975.aspx Getting started with HDInsight (YouTube video) –  https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLDrz-Fkcb9WWdY-Yp6D4fTC1ll_3lU-QS                   Monitor HDInsight clusters using the Ambari API – http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/hdinsight-monitor-use-ambari-api/ Analyze flight delay data using HDInsight – http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/hdinsight-analyze-flight-delay-data/ Analyze Twitter data using HDInsight – http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/hdinsight-analyze-twitter-data/ Use Oozie with HDInsight – http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/hdinsight-use-oozie/ Use time-based Oozie coordinator with HDInsight –…

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Videos and Training on Windows Azure IaaS from TechEd New Orleans

 I’m catching up on a bunch of features, functions, updates and more learning from the TechEd Event in New Orleans recently. In fact, videos, Windows Azure documentation, and of course blogs are the new way to keep up – books are just too slow to produce to handle the pace. I thought I’d share the…

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How Does the Cloud Change a Developer’s Job?

I’ve recently posted a blog on how cloud computing would change the Systems Architect’s role in an organization, another on how the cloud changes a Database Administrator’s job, and the last post dealt with the Systems Administrator. In this post I’ll cover the changes facing the Software Developer when using the cloud. The software developer…

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How Does the Cloud Change a Systems Administrator’s Job?

I recently posted a blog entry on how cloud computing would change the Systems Architect’s role in an organization, and another on how the cloud changes a database administrator’s job. This time I’ll cover a few of the changes the cloud brings for the Systems Administrator. The systems administrator shares some similarity with the database…

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How Does the Cloud Change a Database Administrator’s Job?

I recently posted a blog entry on how cloud computing would change the Systems Architect’s role in an organization. In a way, the Systems Architect has the easiest transition to a new way of using computing technologies. In fact, that’s actually part of the job description. I mentioned that a Systems Architect has three primary vectors…

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How Does the Cloud Change a Systems Architect’s Job?

I know – I said I didn’t like the “cloud” term, but my better-phrased “Distributed Systems” moniker just never took off like I had hoped. So I’ll stick with the “c” word for now, at least until the search engines catch up with my more accurate term. I thought I might spend a little time…

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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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Cloud Computing – just get started already!

OK – you’ve been hearing about “cloud” (I really dislike that term, but whatever) for over two years. You’ve equated it with just throwing some VM’s in some vendor’s datacenter – which is certainly part of it, but not the whole story. There’s a whole world of – wait for it – *coding* out there…

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