Architecting Cloud Services for Resiliency

Yesterday, DavidMak and I presented a session on architecting for resiliency. With the advent of cloud it has become even more important to make considerations for intermittent failures, dropped connections, server failovers, etc. Here are some of the key considerations Design for failure Hardware/Software failure is inevitable People make operational errors that cause failures At cloud…

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Meet the new Windows Azure

This afternoon 6/7, ScottGu announced an extensive set of new Windows Azure features. There are 3 main previews now available – Windows Azure Media Services, Virtual Machines and Windows Azure Websites. You can sign up for these features @ http://account.windowsazure.com/PreviewFeatures and experience the new management portal @ http://manage.windowsazure.com Try it out – would love to…

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Application Patterns for the Cloud

Cloud computing requires an architecture shift and new development models. Traditional application and data architecture does not enable optimal elastic scalability and maximum utilization of shared infrastructure. To build Cloud-friendly applications that will maximize benefits, development teams must apply Cloud application design patterns to build systems that exhibit parallelism, multi-tenancy, autonomy, distributed interactions, declarative definitions,…

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Windows Azure MSDN offer extended to 16 months

  Good news for Windows Azure developers using their MSDN Premium or Professional subscription for Windows Azure compute, storage, transactions, bandwidth, SQL Azure database and AppFabric connections and transactions – you can now avail the WA MSDN offer for 8 additional months (making the offer valid for a total of 16 months from the commencement…

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Project “Houston” CTP now available

  Are you a SQL Azure user – developing without SQL Server Management Studio or VS2010 to access your SQL Azure database from a design tool to model your database and tables, query execution, adding/updating table data – well then this announcement is for you! Microsoft® Project Code-Named “Houston” is a lightweight and easy to…

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InterGrid brings power of the cloud to desktop users by using the Windows Azure Platform

InterGrid, an ISV based out of New Zealand, provides on-demand HPC solutions for ISVs and prosumers (professional consumers). If you are an ISV that builds compute intensive desktop applications that are ‘embarrassingly parallel’ then you can integrate InterGrid’s GreenButton plug-in within your app to provide your end users with the possibility of leveraging the cloud…

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Just a few days back, I was talking to a friend of mine who is an avid user of the iPhone. He was lamenting about the fact that he had lost a bunch of his data as he had been locked out of his phone. His 18 month old daughter had entered 10 wrong passwords while…

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Windows Azure Billing and Administration

As one looks to on-board the Windows Azure Platform it is important to understand the billing and administration functionality and workflows. The first thing to look at is the end-2-end workflow. To begin with examine the Offers page and specifically look out at details based on the country that you will be billed out of…

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Silverlight 2 Beta 2 – an overview

If you are based in the US and had a chance to experience Olympics 2008 over the web on http://nbcolympics.com – you probably saw some of the power of Silverlight for immersive media experiences. Silverlight 2 Beta 2 enables much more than media experiences so let us look at some of these aspects in detail…

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