Have Data, Will Store in Azure. But Where and How?

Data is the most important asset in most software applications built today.  This holds turn for consumer and corporate applications of all types.  There are also many options regarding where to store the data and how it will be persisted.   Some of these storage options include local, remote, structured, relational, etc.   This does not change…


Design Patterns, Anti-Patterns and Windows Azure

It has been my experience that lots of things are possible and can be done in Windows Azure, however some things are relatively easy, some are doable with difficulty and some are normally to be avoided.  There is starting to be a lot of good guidance in how to do things with the platform as…


Azure MVP Updates Design Patterns Resource

David Pallmann was the first Windows Azure MVP awardee. He has just updated his Azure Design Patterns web site after a major overhaul. A design pattern is a reusable solution in software design. Design patterns are not invented, but rather discovered by usage in many successful application implementations.  Using proven design patterns is an excellent…


Overwhelmed by the Amount of Information on Windows Azure?

Are you overwhelmed by the amount of Information out there on Windows Azure and looking for a roadmap to get you to the most important information that you need to move your application to Windows Azure? This Windows Azure Development Guidance Map can help.  If you’re a Windows Azure developer, or you want to learn…


Windows Azure Platform Introductory Special Extended to March 31, 2011

This promotional offer enables you to try a limited amount of the Windows Azure platform at no charge. The subscription includes a base level of monthly compute hours, storage, data transfers, a SQL Azure database, Access Control transactions and Service Bus connections at no charge. Please note that any usage over this introductory base level…


Whitepaper: Inside SQL Azure

  SQL Azure is Microsoft’s database server for the cloud.   You can provision and deploy relational databases without the startup cost required by on-premise databases.   This provides the rich features of SQL with the flexibility and scalability of the cloud which can be a great for ISVs looking to quickly build a new or extend an…


New SQL Azure Website

We are pleased to announce the launch of the new SQL Azure website — bookmark this now! www.microsoft.com/sqlazure .     This new site will improve customer experience with faster discovery of relevant and richer information on SQL Azure. The…(read more)


News Flash: Try Windows Azure for One Month Free!

Hot news flash: You can now try Windows Azure and SQL Azure for a month – FREE! Now you can do this with the Windows Azure One Month Pass USA . Through this unique offer, US developers can get a one month pass to try out Windows Azure and SQL Azure…(read more)


SQL Azure Performance, The Missing SQL Server Agent and SQL Azure Labs

Improving Your SQL Azure I/O Performance The SQL Azure team has done a post on improving SQL Azure I/O performance. This blog post talks about how to detect queries which use a high amount of I/O and how to increase the performance of your I/O on SQL…(read more)