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…

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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…

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