Hadoop in Azure!

Didn’t think you could run Hadoop in Azure? Think again… http://blogs.msdn.com/b/mariok/archive/2011/05/11/hadoop-in-azure.aspx


AppFabric Caching now live!!!

I just got an email from David Makogon, claiming that his Azure portal had refreshed itself, and AppFabric Caching was now available as an option. I was so excited, I had to check it out for myself. So I go to my portal, and, lo and behold, there it is! FINALLY! <more trumpets blaring than…


Troubleshooting Windows Azure Connect to On-Premises SQL Server

  I’ve heard a few instances of people having difficulty using WA Connect to reach their on-premises SQL Server from a web or worker role, so I thought I’d provide a few tips: 1.    Configure your role for access via Remote Desktop, remote into a role instance    2.    Confirm that you can ping from web…


Azure Capacity Planning

  Here is an awesome post by Hanu Kommalapati about capacity planning, and it contains some information you might not know about the capacity of each VM (hint: bandwidth per VM): http://blogs.msdn.com/b/hanuk/archive/2011/02/01/windows-azure-capacity-assessment.aspx Hanu and I work together to help ISV’s in Microsoft Central Region adopt the Windows Azure Platform, and his blog is a great…


Co-Administrator doesn’t see SQL Azure in portal

  A customer called me recently with an interesting question. he had set up a co-administrator (newly available functionality) for his Azure subscription. However, the co-administrator couldn’t see any SQL Azure instances through the portal. he could see the hosted services and storage fine, but not SQL Azure. So, I did some homework and asked…


Azure SDK 1.3 and Visual Studio Tool Released!

  Today the Azure team released SDK 1.3 and the updated tools for Visual Studio. I’m really looking forward to being able to use these on production projects! To download click on the link below: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=7a1089b6-4050-4307-86c4-9dadaa5ed018 Some of the enhancements are truly amazing: Virtual Machine (VM) Role (Beta):Allows you to create a custom VHD image…


30 Day Free Azure Accounts

  As my colleague Brian Loesgen points out in his blog, anyone can now get 30 day free Azure accounts. I haven’t read the limitations yet, but one important thing to remember is that this offer DOES NOT REQUIRE A CREDIT CARD! Also important – enter promo code DP001, or else you’ll be told it’s…


PDC 2010 Azure Announcements

  I was going to write up a summary myself, but this summary is so well done, I think I’ll just be lazy and provide a link: http://jcstame.wordpress.com/2010/11/10/pdc-2010-windows-azure-update-summary/ MANY great improvements and new features coming that will enable amazing things to happen on this platform. Enjoy! Technorati Tags: PDC,Azure


Azure ISV Discovery Events–Chicago and Dallas

  Recently, Rodney Sloan and I conducted events for ISV’s to learn more about Azure and specifically, some of the opportunities and challenges faced by ISV’s when moving to a Cloud-based model. I’d like to thank Paddy Srinivasan and John Schindler of Cumulux for presenting sessions at this event as well as leading discussions based…


New Role, more updates

OK, finally, I have some time to blog again. This year has been amazing so far. I was selected as one of 3 architects in the US to found a program called Cloud 123. We built a program to help enterprises get to the cloud in 3 steps: Define – help understand the cloud and…