Which Windows Azure Cloud Architecture? PaaS or IaaS ?

Overview Those who have been associated with cloud computing for some time knows how to select a cloud deployment architecture. However, a few ISV partners our team works with consistently asks questions about the cloud architecture selection criteria and hence this post. It is really hard to decide IaaS or PaaS without the application context…


Windows Azure’s Flat Network Storage to Enable Higher Scalability Targets

Brad Calder, a Distinguished Engineer at Microsoft,  recently blogged about higher scalability targets for Azure Storage enabled by Flat Network architecture: Windows Azure’s Flat Network Storage and 2012 Scalability Targets. Windows Azure’s implementation of Flat Network toplogy, referred to as “Quantum 10” (Q10) network architecture,  is influenced by the Microsoft Research paper: VL2: A Scalable…


Windows Azure Storage Pricing

When I wrote Windows Azure Platform for Enterprises in MSDN magazine in February 2010, the Azure Storage monthly cost under the header Cost Oriented Architecture for the Cloud was erroneous. This was partly due to the lack of detailed understanding of the Storage pricing at that time. The following paragraph requires correction: “Windows Azure platform…


Sync Framework 4.0 CTP now supports clients like iPhone, Android, Windows Phone 7 and Silverlight

  Previously Sync Framework required  a Windows  machine with Sync runtime installed on the client side. The Sync Framework 4.0 now leverages a remote sync service and hence any client that speak HTTP and OData can build occasionally connected  applications by leveraging Sync Framework. Here is a link to the official blog post: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/sync/archive/2010/10/28/announcing-sync-framework-4-0-october-2010-ctp.aspx. -…


Windows Azure PDC 2010 Announcements

Windows Azure PDC Announcements Here is a list of PDC announcements (excluding AppFabric) made by Bob Muglia during the PDC 2010 Keynote which can be viewed on demand at (http://www.microsoftpdc.com): Calendar Year 2010 · Virtual Machine (VM) role: increases flexibility to run software of your choice (stateless server components) on Azure platform. Database server is…


Microsoft’s cloud leadership per Gartner

Our company has done such a reset towards cloud computing in the last five years that the IT research organizations are noticing the strategic direction Microsoft is taking. Here is a post on pcmag.com about a Gartner presentation on cloud vendor comparison from at recent Gartner Symposium: http://blogs.pcmag.com/miller/2010/10/gartner_will_microsoft_and_vmw.php. -Hanu  


Public versus Private Clouds

  There has been lot of talk on the definition of Cloud Computing and the fundamental differences between public and private clouds in the architect and decision maker community. The definition I like for Cloud Computing is: “On-demand utility computing delivered through internet standards and protocols”.   This allows the flexibility of various cloud types including…