Windows Azure at a Glance

This is my quick lookup table of Windows Azure at a glance.   I use it to very quickly hop and out of Windows Azure and to help me stay oriented among the capabilities and features. It’s not fancy.  It’s just a simple list of Windows Azure functionality grouped by meaningful buckets.   Category Items Compute…


Windows Azure How-Tos Index

The Windows Azure IX (Information Experience) team has made it easier to browse their product documentation.  Beautiful.  They added a Windows Azure How-To Index of their content to the MSDN Library.  I think it’s great to see a shift to more How-To and task-oriented content.  I think that naming with How-To, also makes it easier…

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Windows Azure Developer Guidance Map

If you’re a Windows Azure developer or you want to learn Windows Azure, this map is for you.   Microsoft has an extensive collection of developer guidance available in the form of Code Samples, How Tos, Videos, and Training.  The challenge is — how do you find all of the various content collections? … and part…

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Windows Azure Application Patterns

This is a quick visual tour of some whiteboard solutions and common application patterns for Windows Azure.  It’s a look at some of the most common whiteboard solutions for Web applications, Web services, and data on Windows Azure.  Here are the app patterns at a glance: Pattern #1 – ASP.NET Forms Auth to Azure Tables…

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Windows Azure App Types

When you’re building applications, it helps to have a lay of the land so you can see the forest from the trees.  This is a quick visual tour of some whiteboard solutions and common application patterns for Windows Azure. Canonical Windows Azure Application Here is a simple and common Azure application pattern:   One App,…


Windows Azure Security Notes Posted to the Security TechCenter

Our Windows Azure Security Notes are now available under the Highlights section on TechNet’s Security TechCenter. It’s a collection of common applications scenarios for Web applications, Web services, and data on Azure, and it’s a map of common threats, attacks, vulnerabilities, and countermeasures.  It also explains the approach we used to understand the security impact…


Now Available: Windows Azure Security Notes PDF

Windows Azure Security Notes (PDF) is a collection of our notes and learnings from exploring the cloud security space and working through Windows Azure security scenarios.   Note that this is not a guide and it’s not a Microsoft patterns & practices deliverable.  It’s simply a way to package up, hand-off, and share what we learned…

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Cloud Security Threats and Countermeasures at a Glance

Cloud security has been a hot topic with the introduction of the Microsoft offering of the Windows Azure platform.  One of the quickest ways to get your head around security is to cut to the chase and look at the threats, attacks, vulnerabilities and countermeasures.  This post is a look at threats and countermeasures from…


SQL Azure Partitioning Pattern

While working with a customer at our Microsoft Executive Briefing Center (Microsoft EBC), one of the things we need to do was find a simple and effective way to partition SQL Azure. The problem with SQL Azure is that depending on your partitioning strategy, you can end up allocating increments that you don’t need and…


Now Available: Microsoft Windows Azure Guide

The Microsoft patterns & practices Windows Azure Architecture Guide – Part I is now available on MSDN.  This guide focuses on a migration scenario.  It walks through migrating a custom expense tracking and reimbursement system to the cloud. Chapters Introduction to the Windows Azure Platform The Adatum Scenario Phase 1: Getting to the Cloud How…