Database Sharding in the Cloud: SQL Azure Federations

I just had some time on my hands to try out the new Windows Azure feature called SQL Azure Federations. While it is not fully obvious from the name, SQL Azure Federation basically enables building elastic and scalable database tiers. Your application can now scale beyond a single SQL Azure database and use the capacity…


Live Now: Enterprise Library 5.0 Integration Pack for Windows Azure

A new version of Enterprise Library has been released by the Patterns & Practices team @ Microsoft. This library has been extended with an Integration Pack that focuses specifically on the development patterns and architectural guidance of the applications running on Windows Azure. So what is in this package? The most important things are the…


The Amazing Everyday by Nokia

Loving it… I WANT THIS PHONE ! Introducing Nokia Lumia – The Amazing Everyday – YouTube


Microsoft: Productivity Future Vision

FUTURE VISION: In 5-10 years, how will people get things done at work, at home, and on the go? Watch the concept video to get a glimpse of the future of productivity, then explore the stories and technology in more detail.


System Center 2012 App Controller: managing On-Premise and Cloud together

A Beta release of System Center App Controller 2012 is now available! App Controller is a new member of the System Center family and provides a number of capabilities that enable Application Self Service across both private and public clouds. The greatest thing about the App Controller is that is enables you to manage your…


P&P: Windows Azure Auto-Scaling Block (Preview)

Patterns & Practices team is working hard to enhance the Enterprise Library with new functionality. The version Enterprise Library 5.0 will include also guidance on how to auto-scale Windows Azure applications, which really optimizes the dynamic allocation of cloud resources. The beta preview of the application block, called Windows Azure Autoscaling Application Block (WASABi), is…


Microsoft Dynamics Powered By Windows Azure

Yesterday some more news were released around the implementation of the Microsoft Dynamics NAV “7” that will run on Windows Azure platform! Here is a short excerpt from the Convergence blog post: “At Convergence 2011, we announced that we would deliver Microsoft Dynamics NAV on Azure with the next major release of the solution -…


Guide to Claims-Based Identity and Access Control – 2nd Edition

A Guide to Claims-Based Identity and Access Control – 2nd Edition has been released by Microsoft Pattern & Practices team. It has been extensively updated to include new features and changes to the underlying technologies; and extends the coverage to encompass Windows Azure® Access Control Service, REST-based service authentication, and the use of claims-based authentication…


Windows Azure Geo-Replication Functionality

A couple of weeks ago, during the BUILD conference, and interesting functionality for Windows Azure was revealed: Geo-Replication of the data in the Windows Azure Storage. It basically provides data replication for all your Windows Azure Blob and Table data at no additional cost. Your data stays in the same regions as it is replicated…


Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows 8

A new toolkit for Window Azure is released! Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows 8 is designed to make it easier for developers to create a Windows Metro style application that can harness the power of Windows Azure Compute and Storage. It includes a Windows 8 Cloud Application project template for Visual Studio that makes it…