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…