Microsoft and Oracle announce Cloud Partnership

Great news for Windows Azure platform: Microsoft and Oracle announced partnership that will enable Oracle workloads on Windows Server Hyper-V and Windows Azure. Here is a quick excerpt from Satya Nadella’s blog: “…As part of this partnership Oracle will certify and support Oracle software on Windows Server Hyper-V and Windows Azure. That means customers who…

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Windows Azure Infrastructure Services, Virtual Machines and Virtual Network, now are generally available!

Today is a major milestone for Windows Azure and all of Microsoft customers and partners. It was announced that Windows Azure Virtual Machines and Windows Azure Virtual Network now are generally available. These new services make it possible for you to move your applications into the cloud as is. New price commitments were also announced,…

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News: Microsoft Acquires MetricsHub

More information can be found on this blog post, but Microsoft acquired cloud monitoring startup MetricsHub  – a participant in the Microsoft Accelerator, powered by TechStars. As an innovator in Active Cloud Monitoring, a technology that automates cloud performance management, MetricsHub helps customers more efficiently manage their cloud services at a lower cost. And all…

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SQL Server in Windows Azure VM vs. Windows Azure SQL Database

I just came across this great blog post describing the differences between SQL Server in Windows Azure VM and Windows Azure SQL Database. If you are looking for a solution to host your data in the cloud, definitely worth a read… There are several options (as shown below) and the article briefly touches the decision…

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Windows Azure SQL Database vs. SQL Server explained

A short while ago, a great whitepaper was published, that explains the differences between Windows Azure SQL Database service and SQL Server. The whitepaper can be obtained here and it drills into the architecture and performance evaluation techniques for both platforms… it also outlines core scenarios associated with different deployments. A good read! Technorati Tags:…

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New MAP Toolkit Helps You with VM Migration to Windows Azure

A new MAP (Microsoft Assessment and Planning) Toolkit was just announced with a new GUI and some really great features that help you asses your IT environment. The one that I like the most is related to migration of virtual machines in Windows Azure VM environment. Here is a short description: Windows Azure Virtual Machines…

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Going Super-Compute with Windows Azure

Windows Azure team just revealed all the work they were doing in the HPC space or as they dub it “Big Compute”. The results were so impressive they have certified Windows Azure to be among Top 500 Supercomputers in the world. The amazing part are also the hardware resources that can be offered for the…

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You’re running out of excuses to not try Microsoft Windows Azure

That’s the title of the article written by James Staten for Forrester Research and it actually nicely summarizes all the features, benefits and directions for Windows Azure. I particularly like the following excerpts as they nicely summarize the holistic view: … Where Microsoft is differentiating itself centers around its integration with the on-premises world. The…

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Whitepaper: Best Practices for the Design of Large-Scale Services on Windows Azure Cloud Services

I just hade some time to browse through and read portions of a new whitepaper that was released and titled: Best Practices for the Design of Large-Scale Services on Windows Azure Cloud Services. It is an amazing overview of core concepts around Windows Azure, followed by best practices that were derived from the engagement with…

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