Building a Startup in a Weekend with BizSpark & SQL Azure

This article is syndicated from http://bizspark.com. BizSpark™ is Microsoft’s program for helping startups succeed with software (including Azure benefits), support & visibility. To learn more and sign up, go to: http://bizspark.com. On the 30th anniversary of the 1st AIDS case ever documented, Scott Mustard pitched his & Claudia Pucci, M.D.’s vision for simplifying the arduous…


15-Episode SQL Azure Learning Series Released

This is a series of 15 short, episodic videos that demonstrate the basics when working with SQL Azure.  The videos begin with walkthroughs of working with SQL Azure and user data to more technical aspects such as migrating from Microsoft Access or SQL Server.  ·         Getting Started: SQL Azure at a Glance ·         Getting Started:…

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SQL Azure Improvements Announced

Also news from TechEd this week included a May 2011 service update to SQL Azure with four key improvements : SQL Azure Management REST API – a web API for managing SQL Azure servers. Multiple servers per subscription – create multiple SQL Azure servers per subscription. JDBC Driver – updated driver for Java applications to…

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SQL Azure Federations-Product Evaluation Program

As most of  you know the maximum size of a SQL Azure database is currently set at 50 GB.  This is primarily to allow us to recreate a problematic database instance from one of the other two replicas that we maintain under the covers for fault-tolerance.  Although this limit might be relaxed in the future…

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SQL Azure Diagnostics Tool

Want to learn more about your implementation of SQL Azure?  This tool can help you troubleshoot problems and determine performance bottlenecks. Information available via the tool include: Database size and TempDB status, CPU times and query performance, logical and physical I/Os, and missing or incorrect indexes. You can get more information on the tool and…

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SQL Server & SQL Azure-Migration Assistant

 SQL Server Migration Assistant 5.0 is now available. It can be used to simplify the automation of migrating of Oracle, Sybase, MySQL and Microsoft Access databases to SQL server and/or SQL Azure. For more details see the SQL Server Team blog here.

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Publishing a LightSwitch Application to Windows Azure

Want to know how to publish a LightSwitch Application to the Azure Cloud? Visual Studio LightSwitch Beta 2 can be used to publish your app directly to Windows Azure with storage in SQL Azure. This blog post condenses many steps one would typically have to go through to deploy an application to the cloud manually….

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NoSQL and Windows Azure–Choices, Options and Strategies

Andrew J. Brust from Blue Badge Insights, Inc. has just published an outstandingly detailed paper on NoSQL and the features of Windows Azure that are NoSQL in nature or that are NoSQL-like. Starting with a discussion of NoSQL in general and the types of NoSQL databases (Key-Value Stores, Document Stores, Wide Column Stores and Graph…

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Windows Azure Migration Scanner (WAMS) FAQ

As I discussed in a previous blog post we have published the Windows Azure Migration Scanner (WAMS) on CodePlex at http://wams.codeplex.com. This is a joint effort between Microsoft’s internal Windows Azure enthusiasts and the Windows Azure MVP community.     WAMS allows you to scan a collection of directory trees for potential problems in the…

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Windows Azure Migration Scanner (WAMS) - Help Converting Applications to Windows Azure

A rules-based Windows Azure Migration Scanner (WAMS) prototype has been developed by Microsoft’s Hanu Kommalapati and enhanced by David Pallmann, Windows Azure MVP from Neudesic.  You can think of WAMS as sort of an FXCop for Azure that will analyze an existing codebase to determine if there are any Windows Azure migration issues.    …

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