Windows Azure Tools 1.4 Release

The 1.4 version of the Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio includes several new features: Multiple Service Configurations Profiling a WAZ application when it runs in Windows Azure Package Validation MVC 3 Web Role Support MSDN Link: New in Version 1.4 (August 2011) Release of the Windows Azure Tools for Visual Studio  File Download:…

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Free Inbound Traffic for all Windows Azure Customers starting July 1st, 2011

Most Excellent news! Starting July 1st 2011, Azure inbound traffic to our customers is Free! Quoting the Windows Azure Blog Post: “…For billing periods that begin on or after July 1, 2011, all inbound data transfers for both peak and off-peak times will be free.” Link: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/windowsazure/archive/2011/06/22/announcing-free-ingress-for-all-windows-azure-customers-starting-july-1st-2011.aspx For detailed information on the pricing go to:…

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Windows HPC with Burst to Windows Azure: Application Models and Data Considerations

Link: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=ACDE41C6-153A-4181-912E-78024FCC86DA&displaylang=en Windows® HPC Server 2008 R2 SP1 enables administrators to increase the power of the on-premises cluster by adding computational resources in Windows Azure. With the Windows Azure “burst” scenario, various types of HPC applications can be deployed to Windows Azure nodes and run on these nodes in the same way they run in…

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Windows Azure Platform Training Kit 2011 April Update

Windows Azure Platform Training Kit includes a comprehensive set of technical content to help you learn how to use Windows Azure, SQL Azure, and the Windows Azure AppFabric. Link: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=413E88F8-5966-4A83-B309-53B7B77EDF78&displaylang=en  The Windows Azure Platform Training Kit includes a comprehensive set of technical content including hands-on labs, presentations, and demos that are designed to help you…

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Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows Phone 7

Link: http://watoolkitwp7.codeplex.com/ Hello, I am pleased to announce the Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows Phone 7. The toolkit is designed to make it easier for you to build mobile applications that leverage cloud services running in Windows Azure. The toolkit includes Visual Studio project templates for Windows Phone 7 and Windows Azure, class libraries optimized…

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Azure Content Delivery Network CDN Best Practices

Jason Sherron has a great post regarding Windows Azure Content Delivery Network (CDN) Best practices: Link: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/windowsazure/archive/2011/03/18/best-practices-for-the-windows-azure-content-delivery-network.aspx Enjoy, Patrick

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How-to: Implementing the SCOM Azure Management Pack

Hello, My good friend Walter Myers has published some great blog posts regarding how to properly implement the Microsoft System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) 2007 to monitor Windows Azure Applications: Setting Up Performance Counters in your Web and Worker Role http://blogs.msdn.com/b/walterm/archive/2011/02/01/setting-up-performance-counters-in-your-web-and-worker-roles.aspx Adding Azure Application Monitoring to SCOM 2007 http://blogs.msdn.com/b/walterm/archive/2011/02/14/adding-azure-application-monitoring-to-scom-2007-r2.aspx Configuring Azure Diagnostics Performance Counters Monitoring…

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Windows Azure Guest OS Releases and SDK Compatibility Matrix

Link: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee924680.aspx  The following guest operating systems have been released on Windows Azure: Windows Guest OS Family 2 which is substantially compatible with Windows Server 2008 R2 Windows Guest OS Family 1 which is substantially compatible with Windows Server 2008 SP2 The included link shows which guest operating system releases are compatible with which versions…

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How-to Index of Windows Azure

This is the list of Windows Azure Platform How-to that appear on the windows Azure SDK 1.4 How to: Build a Windows Azure Application How to Configure Virtual Machine Sizes How to Configure Connection Strings How to Configure Operating System Versions How to Configure Local Storage Resources How to Create a Certificate for a Role…

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Microsoft Azure Named Fastest Cloud Service

Interesting article about performance comparison of PaaS and IaaS providers around the globe Article on InformationWeek: http://www.informationweek.com/news/cloud-computing/infrastructure/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=229300184&pgno=1&queryText=&isPrev=  Performance comparison Link: https://www.cloudsleuth.net/web/guest/global-provider-view  Filters: Response Time, 30 days, World

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