Building Composite Applications with Windows Azure AppFabric

I recently reviewed a great blog post on the topic of Composite Applications on top of the Windows Azure Platform. It explains briefly the concepts around the Composition Model, based on .NET Framework, that enables to define the components of your Windows Azure application along with their characteristics and relationships. As a result of the…


High-level Overview of SQL Azure Benefits

This video showcases the numerous benefits and usage scenarios of SQL Azure. It displays how SQL Azure services can be used to create and share cloud powered applications with lots of concrete examples. Definitely worth investing 5 minutes of you time …


Updated Windows Azure Companion

Windows Azure Companion is an amazing way of how you can deploy platform components as well as applications onto the Windows Azure Platform. Initially the CTP has been tested with PHP runtimes, frameworks, and applications, but can be extended to be used for deploying any component or application that has been tested to run on…


In case you missed: Windows Azure SDK 1.4 is available

10 days ago it was published that new versions of Windows Azure Software Development Kit (SDK) and Windows Azure Management Portal are available to developers. The 1.4 version of the Windows Azure SDK includes new features for both Windows Azure Connect and the Windows Azure Content Delivery Network (CDN). In addition it also includes enhancements…


Testing Out Hybrid Scenarios on the Windows Azure Platform

Today after some time I had a chance to play around with the new functionality of the Windows Azure Platform. One thing that interested me a lot was how easy it is actually to deploy an application in a hybrid scenario, which means that a part of the application stays on-premise (in a local environment)…


European Cloud Computing Futures: 2.4M New Jobs by 2015

I just came across and interesting article in EWeek that predicts there will be 2.4 million new jobs related to Cloud Computing by 2015 in Europe alone, which is a very optimistic prediction.  In my personal opinion there will, of course, be a major shift towards the jobs related to cloud computing, but we cannot…


Your Business! Your Fame!

There is an amazing campaign/contest going on in the Central & Eastern Europe markets, driven by my friends in Microsoft DPE team (yes, these are the guys that actually talk to developers ) and what they are looking for is the most innovative solution that would be running on top of Windows Azure Platform. It…


Windows Azure + Java = Match Made in Clouds!?

Today a Community Technology Preview (CTP) of the Windows Azure Starter Kit for Java became available on the Codeplex portal. This is one of steps Microsoft is taking towards making Windows Azure platform as interoperable and open as possible. The Windows Azure Starter Kit for Java is an open source project released under the Apache…


Park Your Tractor Next to My IT-PAC Rack ….

Ha, sounds funny, right? But the idea is actually taken from this interesting article about how new Microsoft data centers are constructed: “Microsoft’s High-Tech Modular ‘Tractor Shed’”. Fascinating article if you want to know more about the technologies used to build new datacenters quickly, reliably and efficiently. Just FYI you can pack 20.000 servers in…


Goin’ Extra Small in the Azure Cloud

Windows Azure team just announced that Windows Azure Extra Small Instances are now available as a beta preview to all customers. This smaller instances are ideal for quick and cost-effective training or testing development environment, since it is available at lower cost. For a pricing and resource comparison of instance sizes, click here, but the…