On Designing an API for our Cloud Hosted Solution

This is my first post for quite a while – I’ve been quite busy in my new company, so this took a lot of my attention… One of the items that was on my list ever since I joined Astoria Solutions was to figure out how to best empower integration into our Azure-hosted solution astorSafe….


New Report on Directions on Microsoft – “What Windows Azure Means to Software ISVs”

There is a new report published by Directions on Microsoft with the title “What Windows Azure Means to Software ISVs” – in my eyes this is a great starting point for any ISV interested in an independent view on Windows Azure and how it can be used for providing cloud solutions. It covers both technical…


IDC Report on Cloud Adoption in Asia on AsiaCloudForum

Just came across this highly interesting article on asiacloudforum.com – IDC have run a study comparing Private and Public Cloud adoption across Asia – for South East Asia, it’s especially interesting to see the differences between the adoption patterns in Singapore and Malaysia (the former leaning towards Public Cloud, the latter towards Private Cloud). Read…


Combining IaaS and PaaS – PHP and MySQL

The new Virtual Machines & Virtual Networks features are absolutely awesome and open up a whole new world of possibilities, especially when there are very specific infrastructure requirements that need to be included. But first things first… Why Include IaaS components? When you start a project from scratch, then in the most cases it would…


Guidance for using PHP on Windows Azure published

The Silver Lining Blog has just published a guest article on how to get started with PHP on Windows Azure (http://blogs.msdn.com/b/silverlining/archive/2012/05/14/azure-real-world-optimizing-php-applications-for-the-cloud.aspx). The article offers a, in my eyes, very comprehensive look at the different aspects of moving your PHP projects over to the Windows Azure cloud, including (but not limited to): How to handle Session…


Standard Response to RFI–Security and Privacy Published

If there is one subject that comes up at regular intervals when engaging end customers for Cloud projects, it’s Security and Privacy. In many cases it’s out of “fear of the unknown”, when people ask themselves how this “new” environment stacks up to their known and trusted on-premises infrastructure. In order to support customers in…


New, reduced pricing available for SQL Azure

As announced on the Windows Azure blog, the pricing for SQL Azure has been completely revamped. Regardless of the current size of your database, the new pricing will be lower, with savings anywhere between 48% and 75%, depending on the actual size. In addition, the way we calculate the cost of the database has moved…


All is new in December

Ah – where to start? We have created a whole new developer experience for Windows Azure. From Signup, over SDK support up until Billing, our systems have received a full refresh. At the same time, we’ve also adjusted down some of our pricing. All the details can be found here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/windowsazure/archive/2011/12/12/improved-developer-experience-interoperability-and-scalability-on-windows-azure.aspx However, I’d like to…


Updated SDKs and Training Kit

Hi there, we have some updated SDKs (the Windows Azure SDK and the Windows Azure HPC Scheduler SDK) plus a fresh version of our Platform Training Kit available for you here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/windowsazure/archive/2011/11/14/updated-windows-azure-sdk-amp-windows-azure-hpc-scheduler-sdk.aspx


New Servicing options for your Windows Azure in-place-upgrades

There are now new options for performing an in-place upgrade for hosted Windows Azure services. These now include: Change the virtual machine size (scale-up or scale-down) Increase local storage Add or remove roles to a deployment Change the number or type of endpoints This means that there are now virtually no pressing needs left over…