First experiments with (new) SQL Data Services

Last week I got my new login to the new SQL Data Services. As a reminder for all readers: SDS accelerates its plans to offer relational capabilities May 11, 2009 – Based on customer feedback, SDS has accelerated its plans and will be offering true relational capabilities through SQL Server’s existing network protocol, Tabular Data…

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Windows Azure 101 – Primitives and Application Patterns – Playing Mendeleyev

Windows Azure’s primitives are very simple, but as in many other things, the power comes from the combination of these simpler primitives to create more complex things. Look around and see how many things can be assembled from a little more than 100 “simple” elements. In Windows Azure,  there are essentially 2 types of building…

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Azure IssueTracker Enterprise – Simple Demos

Provisioning IssueTracker Enterprise: Highlights: There’s no direct interaction with Access Control Service. IssueTracker uses ACS API to create the scopes, rules and the issuer (Contoso). The provisioning form captures all the required information to setup the trust relationship between Access Controls Service and the tenant (certificate, etc)     Tenant (Contoso_Enterprise) uses IssueTracker Enterprise from…

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Architecting Cloud Applications for the Enterprise – Part IV – SuperCloudySoftware sketches IssueTracker Enterprise Edition

In the previous article, we explored the challenges of building services for an enterprise, illustrating those through a dialogue between VeryBigCorp CIO and a team from SuperCloudySoftware. VBC requirements can be summarized as: Identity integration (including Single Sign On and management of access policies) Management integration (ability to monitor and act on IssueTracker from within…

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The need for “standards for application logic” in PaaS. Really?

In his latest post on Coghead’s demise, Phil argues that: “What this highlights is the lack of any standard for transferring not just data but application logic between such platforms.” My argument is that those standards already exist and are widely adopted: “Standards for capturing application logic already exist: Java & .NET (and COBOL). Coghead…

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Architecting Cloud Applications for the Enterprise – Part III – SuperCloudySoftware meets VeryBigCorp CIO

Actors: the CIO at VeryBigCorp, John (SuperCloudySoftware’s CEO) and a bunch of senior developers and architects. CIO: Gentlemen, welcome. Let me start by saying that our internal Customer is absolutely fascinated with your application. Believe me, they are hard to please and I’ve never seen them so excited. Congratulations! John (CEO): thank you! We are…

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Architecting Cloud Applications for the Enterprise – Part II – VeryBigCorp buys IssueTracker

Now that we have introduced our characters, we will start this story describing the acquisition process of IssueTracker in VeryBigCorp. IssueTracker was first used in VBC by a very limited number of people. Someone in some business unit somehow learnt about it and thought it would be a good tool to automate their work. A…

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Architecting Cloud Applications for the Enterprise – Part I – Introducing the Actors

I will start this series by introducing the main characters of our scenario. First, we have VeryBigCorp. VBC is a large corporation, with multiple branches and subsidiaries, thousands of employees, etc. VBC is the typical organization with a rather complex business environment: multiple business units, complex rules, regulations, etc.   VBC IT department is a reflection…

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Architecting Cloud Services for the Big Enterprise

For the last couple of months, we’ve been working on scenarios that involve consuming cloud services and applications from “Big Enterprise”. The focus being the technical obstacles for adopting cloud services. Big Enterprise is the moniker we use to describe an organization with rather heavy investments on on-premises software.  Not surprisingly then, the aspects we…

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