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…

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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…

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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…

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