3rd Party ISV Tools for Windows Azure Application Monitoring and Load Testing

Here are a list of products, in no particular order, which will help improve the quality of end user experience for Azure hosted applications. This list is an organic aggregation of tribal knowledge and is not a definitive one. If you have any suggestions, please feel free to send it to me through comments. Application…


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  

Check out my Windows Azure article in MSDN Magazine

Windows Azure Platform for Enterprises: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/ee309870.aspx Excel based Azure pricing calculator (part of the article): http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/mag201002Azure -Hanu

Cost Oriented Architecture of Cloud Applications

As I was speaking to a group of customers few days ago, one question kept coming back – the impact of the architecture decisions on the monthly charges. The operational expenses of an application deployed to Cloud can be significantly impacted by the architecture decisions. Typical Cloud storage costs around $0.15/GB/month. Imagine if one decides…

SQL Azure CTP announced

  SQL Azure Community Technology Preview (CTP) was announced on 8/18/2009; SQL Azure is a database in the Cloud that helps easy provisioning of relational databases to be used by Azure as well as on premise applications. Here is the excerpt from the SQL Azure blog (http://blogs.msdn.com/ssds/default.aspx) that mentions the editions and the respective price…

Microsoft loves everyone!

CEO of Salesforce.com suggests that Microsoft hates everyone( http://venturebeat.com/2008/11/03/salesforcecom-on-microsoft-they-hate-everybody/) by suggesting that we are not an open cloud platform. His assertions are debatable and even his love to everyone is not unconditional (please see http://blogs.zoho.com/uncategorized/mr-benioff-tear-down-that-wall/ ) 🙂 When it comes to openness of the cloud platform, one has to differentiate between application portability (design time)…